Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Tesoro Tizana Keyboard Thumb Buttons

Conclusion


One of the main reasons you might be interested in the Tesoro Tizona is its small footprint, as it can easily be placed in a laptop bag or backpack.  This can also be a boon if you have limited desktop space or need to maximize space for your mouse.

Because there is no right keypad, I found myself fudging for arrow keys and the Insert/Delete bank by feel alone.  Fortunately, there is an optional 10-key keypad that can be attached to the left or right of the keyboard (reviewed here).

The keyboard uses cheaper Kailh switches, which is not bad in and of itself, but since the switches cost less, the keyboard should not cost the same as one implemented with more expensive Cherry MX switches.

WASD Removed Macro 1 Kailh Blue Switches Closeup

When I pulled off the keycaps to take photos, I noticed that some of the switches were Cherry MX switches.  UPDATE 9/22/2014: Tesoro acknoledged that this happened because it is a pre-release board and the production units are fine.  This type of thing happens with pre-production units.


The overall layout of the keyboard is good and the keyboard has a good feel and offers a satisfying click, but the typing experience would be more comfortable with a wrist rest.

The Tesoro Tizona is very close to the Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth,  It differs from Cooler Master’s offering considering the cheaper switches and the absence of replacement keycaps but pulls ahead when you consider the two USB ports, thumb buttons, and an expandable 10-key numpad.

The things that annoyed me with the QuickFire are also present with the Tizona.  The secondary Windows key is replaced by an annoying Fn key, and the thumb buttons are practically useless. If you attach the optional 10-key numpad, then the Tesoro Tizona is as large as the Corsair K95.

This keyboard could be a good backup mechanical keyboard, especially if space in your bag or backpack is an issue.  The two powered USB ports and expandability make it an interesting consideration.

Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Innovation
    Editor: 50%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Usability
    Editor: 25%
  • Value
    Editor: 35%
  • OCmodshop Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good

Pros

  • Full n-key rollover support
  • Two powered USB ports
  • Magnets for integrated 10-key pad
  • Game and PC modes
  • Thumb buttons for gaming mode
  • Cons

  • Small footprint takes getting used to
  • No wrist rest
  • Kailh switches
  • Layout issues (LED location, key font, Fn toggles, accidental thumb presses)
  • Too pricey


  • Review Summary:

    This keyboard could be a good backup, especially if space in your bag or backpack is an issue. The two powered USB ports and expandability make it an interesting consideration.

    Alan is a web architect, stand-up comedian, and your friendly neighborhood Grammar Nazi. You can stalk him on the Interwebs via Google+, Facebook and follow his ass on Twitter @ocmodshop.

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