The Tecware Phantom Up Close, Design, Keycaps, Switches, NKRO & Anti-Ghosting Capability
The Tecware Phantom Up Close!
The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) is a full-sized keyboard with a 104-key layout. It comes with Outemu mechanical switches, and individual RGB lighting for each and every key. Here is a close-up look!
The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) is a full-sized keyboard but it has a compact design. It is just under 45 cm wide, and just over 13 cm deep.
More importantly, the base is just 1 cm thin in the front. This allows it to do away with a wrist rest, making it so much more compact than the GAMDIAS Hermes keyboard. This is important if you plan to travel with it.
Doubleshot ABS Keycaps
Tecware did not skimp on the keycaps. The keycaps are manufactured using the double-shot moulding process. This is a two-step process that creates legends (the character on the key) that cannot be worn off.
The only downside – the keycaps are made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), instead of PBT (polybutylene terephthalate). ABS keycaps will become glossy over time, unlike PBT keys. However, double-shot PBT keycaps are relatively rare.
The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) comes with a choice of three types of switches from Outemu. Our sample keyboard came with our favourite switch – the Brown switch. All Outemu switches are rated for 50 million keystrokes.
- Outemu Brown – they have a 55g tactile bump
- Outemu Red – linear switches with 50g actuation force
- Outemu Blue – these switches have a 60g tactile click
Tecware also threw in four spare Outemu switches, and a switch puller. They also cleverly integrated the keycap puller into the base of the Phantom. This ensures you won’t lose the important keycap puller, and have it at hand whenever you need it.
N-Key Rollover (NKRO) & Anti-Ghosting
Like many gaming keyboards, the Tecware Phantom (Price Check) has N-Key Rollover (NKRO) capability. But unlike many cheaper mechanical keyboard, the Tecware Phantom boasts FULL NKRO capability.
We tested this and managed to register 73 simultaneous keypresses. So yes, we can confirm that, for all intents and purposes, this is a full NKRO keyboard.
We also confirmed that it is “anti-ghosting” – no extra keys are registered, other than those we actually pressed.