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Tesoro Lobera Review (Also Featuring The Gandiva)

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On the sides of the mouse we have a plastic which has very light soft touch coating on it, in fact it isn’t quite soft touch… its just a bit grippy. The right side has no buttons and then on the left we find two thumb buttons. It may not be immediately obvious but the small black panel between the palm area and the scroll wheel is also a configurable button.

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Flipping the Gandiva upside down we can see the four low friction feet and that the sensor isn’t centre mounted. This is a 8200dpi sensor and Tesoro use 1000Hz polling, connecting our mouse to the system by a braided cabled which ends in a gold USB connector. DPI can be set in the software, as can lift off and in our 128kb of onboard memory we can store5 profiles and 40 macros.

Tesoro Lobera Review – Software

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Shown above are the two control panels for the Tesoro products. The first two are for the keyboard and in here we can program macros, reassign keys and set applications to launch. On the mouse we re-map and like the keyboard can set various profiles as well as DPI and lighting. Firmware updates are also available from a seperate app and the latest software can be downloaded from the Tesoro site.

Tesoro Lobera Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Starting with the Lobera keyboard we have a product which feels solid and we like the use of different textures for the finish. The key lighting is strong, regardless of the colour and we like the presence of audio passthrough and USB ports. It would appear that this board doesn’t use Cherry MX switches, like their Durandal, however the feel of the keys is decent and Tesoro do note that they are guaranteed for 50 million actuations anyway. The lighting effects are decent and it is nice to have quick access to the settings to illuminate only the key gaming areas.

Moving to the mouse we have a device which, despite its unique shape, feels nice in the hand. The use of an all plastic construction means it is light which will appeal to some gamers and the two main buttons have a decent feel to their click. That said we were not a fan of the DPI selection buttons on the edge of the left button as they are far too easy to press, it really takes no effort at all so quite easy for accidental presses. The thumb buttons require more effort though so thats fine.

Moving to the software, that is probably the weakest aspect of these products. It looks and feels dated and lacks the intuitive nature of many competitors alternatives. Even the firmware update tool, which should be simple, could be improved (as could its documentation) and really Tesoro should be using a single software panel for all devices. So, its functional, but its not great.

Overall though the two peripherals perform well and feel good in use, thats what matters. Given that they are priced competitively we are awarding them our value award.

Value Award

 

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.