Today we take a look at a couple of gaming peripherals (a mechanical keyboard and mouse) in our Tesoro Lobera review. Which also features the Gandiva mouse.
Tesoro Lobera Review – Packaging and Bundle
Tesoro like to use mystical weapons when naming and packaging their products and in the case of this keyboard it is a sword. “Lobera “wolfslayer” is the sword which symbolized power used by Saint Ferdinand III. It has become one of the most famous swords in history.” We also get a window on the box to let us see inside and then some information on the keyboard across the other sides. Inside we find a power cable to provide a little extra to the keyboard if needed and a set of documentation.
Tesoro Lobera Review – The Keyboard
The Lobera is a full size gaming keyboard which measures 44.4×20.6×4.4cm, weighing 1.17Kg. The body of the board is plastic but Tesoro use various textures to improve the look and feel. There are four versions available, each with silver plated mounts and different mechanical switches (Brown, Red, Blue and Black) which offer different feels. Each has an actuation force of 45g, distance of 2mm and full travel of 4mm.
Tesoro have backlighting on each of the laser etched keys and along the edges of the board and this lighting changes in colour demending on which of the 5 profiles we have activated. We can also run through a few lighting profiles, for example having only WASD, Space and Enter illuminated on the main key area. Also worthy of note is the presence of two USB ports on the back of the board along with 3.5mm audio pass-through. This is also the area where we add the bundled USB power cable should we be attaching higher drain devices to the two inbuilt USB ports.
Looking a little closer at the design of the board we find three thumb buttons beneath the space bar. There are then media functions added to the F1-F6 buttons, actioned using the Fn button on the board and the same can be done with brightness on the 8 and 2 keys from the num-pad. Also present as 2nd function is N and 6 on the Ins and Del keys. These allow us to switch between 6 N-Key rollover and full N-Key rollover. Also worthy of note is that the status LED section in the top right also doubles as two extra buttons, instant record and game mode.
Turning the keyboard over we see that the brushed plastic finish continues and that there are various rubber feet across the base to ensure the keyboard stays still on our desk. There are also two legs at the back edge which have two height settings and then we have our connectors on a braided cable. These are two USB 2.0 and 2x 3.5mm audio.
Tesoro Lobera Review – The Gandiva Mouse
The Gandiva… “Gandiva, the bow of Arjuna, the great warrior of Mahabharat war, was also one of the rarest bows of its time. The bow was decorated with hundreds of gold bosses, and had radiant ends. Arjuna used it in Kurukshetra war and he was invincible. It is said that beside Lord Krishna no one except Arjuna could wield the bow in the mortal world. The bow, when twanged made the sound of thunder.” And for this box we get a nice clean view of the mouse along with some key info on the other sides. Inside, again product documentation, and some extra low friction feet to replace any worn ones over time.
The Gandiva is shown above and like the Lobera it uses a mixture of textures for the surface to enhance the feel. Various sections can be seen on the top and over to the left we have LEDs which give us a visual indication of the setting which is currently enabled. DPI switch buttons can be found on the edge of the left mouse button, next to the rubberized, clickable scroll wheel which has centre illumination.
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.
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
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.