RGB Backlighting, USB Cable, 1000 Hz Polling Rate, Rubber Feet & Stand
The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) boasts individual RGB backlighting for every key. They also used SMD LEDs, instead of the cheaper DIP LEDs used in some keyboards. SMD LEDs are not only brighter, they last much longer.
In addition the ability to program each key with its own backlight colour, the Phantom also comes with 18 built-in lighting modes. Here are the built-in lighting effects :
- Breathing effect with colour cycling
- Breathing effect with fixed colour
- Fixed colour
- Reactive with a ripple effect
- Reactive with single key lighting
- Reactive with a horizontal effect
- Horizontal wave effect
- Pulse wave effect
- Hurricane effect
- Vertical wave effect
- Waterfall effect
- Swirl effect
You can further customise the lighting effects above with 9 LED colour options – red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, violet, white and RGB.
Like most mechanical keyboards, the Tecware Phantom (Price Check) comes with an attached USB cable, braided for strength and durability. It is 1.8 meters long, or just under 6 feet. The are three cable channels on the underside of the keyboard for cable management.
It has a gold-plated USB connector. The gold-plating does nothing for performance, but prevents corrosion and keeps the connector look shiny for a long time. It even comes with an attached cap to avoid scratches to other devices during travel.
1000 Hz USB Polling Rate
The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) boasts a 1000 Hz USB polling rate, which is 8X higher than the default USB polling rate of 125 Hz.
This is important for speed typists and gamers, because it allows for more key presses to be registered per second, and with much lower latencies to boot.
Some people claim that this feature is a gimmick, because of the built-in anti-bounce delay. That is only true if you are tapping the same key. There is no anti-bounce delay when you type different keys.
Without a higher USB polling rate, you would be limited to typing two keys per second. That would be a waste of a mechanical keyboard with its lighter and faster switches and much shorter anti-bounce delays.
Rubber Feet & Stand
The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) has four small rubber feet to reduce movement even during the most frenetic action. It also has two small flip stands at the back, with their own rubber feet.
The flip stands raise the back of the keyboard by a full centimetre, from 2.2 cm to 3.2 cm. They also appear to be solidly-made, and capable of handling a fair bit of use and abuse.
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