Buttons and switches
The buttons of our tested TT Premium X1 RGB are the Cherry MX Silver. These are characterized by the fact that they have a significantly lower pressure point than other switches and therefore react a little faster. Compared to the standard Cherry MX probes, these are 40 percent faster. This is a very nice feature for gaming, but it is also much easier to press keys that you don’t want to press at all. Problems often arise during the familiarisation phase. In addition, this phase takes much longer than with other keyboards. Once you get used to it, however, the number of wrong keystrokes decreases. In addition, it is noticeable that the stop can now hardly be defined. Which is probably also a big factor in the familiarization phase.
Software and setting options
The software X1 RGB is required for the individual adjustment of the keyboard. Unfortunately, this is not the same as the Tt eSPORTS Iris RGB, which is why you have to install several programs for several products. However, the X1 RGB software allows at least the RGB features previously set for the Iris RGB to be adopted. In addition, I had the problem that the software didn’t recognize the keyboard from the beginning. Luckily, this fixed itself after a while, because the support didn’t respond to my request within 3 weeks.
The clarity of the software can be improved. In a total of six profiles, almost all keys can be assigned their own function. But you have to click through several menus to find what you are looking for.
Of course you can also store macros. These can be imported in a separate tab or you can record them yourself. The lighting can be adjusted in the second tab under the profiles. Here, too, all six profiles are self-sufficient. There are a total of twelve preset effects, each of which can be adjusted a little bit. For example, you can create your own patterns for the wave effect with up to eleven different colors.
Additionally there is an app from Thermaltake. With this you can control almost all settings via the smartphone and more. To use the app, the software must be installed and started on the PC. In addition, the mobile phone must be in the same network as the PC so that the app automatically recognizes which devices are connected. The scan runs automatically, but you can also connect the computer directly via an IP. Once you have done this, you will receive very short explanations on how to use each menu item.
The lighting can be adjusted in the first menu item. Here you can choose between the individual effects and then edit them. Unfortunately the app doesn’t save the last settings and so a static red light is set automatically when starting the app.
In the second menu item macros can be operated from the mobile phone. These can also be self-created macros from the X1 RGB software.
In the next menu you get the possibility to control the PC with a controller without having one yourself. However, this is a bit cumbersome, but a nice gimmick.
Behind point 4 there is a voice control. Here you can start speech recognition at the push of a button and issue commands with your voice. Unfortunately, this explanation does not provide a good introduction and you have to discover the commands yourself.
The last menu item offers a virtual keyboard. But I couldn’t turn it on my Android smartphone and unfortunately I couldn’t set a QWERTY keyboard either. All in all, the app is a nice gimmick, but difficult to access.