Tesoro Technology (not to be confused with Tesoro Corporation of petroleum products) is a relatively new manufacturer of computer peripherals. They have been around only since 2011, the company is not widely known yet and it is difficult to find specific information about them, as the company does not share much else than details of their products through their website. Tesoro is currently strongly focused on keyboards, with eleven of them mechanical and one membrane gaming keyboard. In this capsule review we will have a quick look at one of their most reputable products, the Lobera Supreme.

Introduction

Much like every keyboard that Tesoro currently markets, the Lobera Supreme is named after a sword. Specifically, it is named after the "Slayer of Wolves" (Lobera), the sword of Saint Ferdinand the 3rd. Being a classic medieval longsword, it certainly is nothing alike the fancy futuristic broadsword that the company pictures in their website and it is difficult to comprehend how exactly it inspired the creation of a modern backlit keyboard. Leaving the strange choice of name aside, the Lobera Supreme does have some interesting features that will be examined in this capsule review.

Packaging and bundle

Tesoro supplies the Lobera Supreme in a cardboard box where a window in the form of the company logo reveals part of the keyboard but does not offer access to test the keys if browsing at a store. Inside the box, the keyboard is very well protected with polyethylene foam slabs and a plastic cover. Alongside the keyboard, the company only supplies a basic quick start guide, an advertising leaflet and an USB power cable for the keyboard's USB hub.

 

The Tesoro Lobera Supreme Mechanical Keyboard
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  • meacupla - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    You could use any key to do that, but all the easily accessible keys are usually used in game or for typing and all the typically unused keys would be too far away to hit readily for push-to-talk comms.

    It's not like having dedicated, easily accessible, keys for PTT/TS is a downside on keyboards. I for one wish more companies would include some macro keys below the spacebar, instead of off to the left side, which is fine for MMO, but useless in shooters.
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  • NotLupus - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Reminds me of the other keyboard with the ugly bezel reviewed here. Reply
  • wurizen - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    These guys should design cars. Or, spaceships. Their company, even sounds like a car company. TESORO!

    Just saying....
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  • Michael Bay - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    Those would be extremely ugly cars and spaseships.
    This problem somehow rears its head with almost every gaming perifery device, some low-key Logitech mice being the exception.

    And don`t get me started on cases and notebooks!
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  • stephenbrooks - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    I actually quite like the keyboard, but why does the software interface for every peripheral have to be so ugly? I mean with the neon colours, absurd non-rectangular windows, fake bevelling on every button. Oh wow and Facebook and Twitter share buttons at the bottom so you can show your friends how ugly it is. Reply
  • meacupla - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    I don't like how wide those bezels are. They are just asking to get a mouse rammed into them, followed by keyboard breaking sounds as you get killed, because you couldn't turn to the left from an overly wide keyboard. Reply
  • eadams9 - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    My old Eclipse keyboard had this problem, I bump the mouse click button on the base that sticks out. My new one is a generic membrane one that looks just like the Corsair K70, but white / translucent so the whole thing lights up instead of just the cutout of the keys. Reply
  • pogostick - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    This. The edge of a gaming keyboard should end at the edge of the outer keys. Number pad should be modular. W A S & D should be distinctly textured. And frankly, this type of mechanical key sucks because of the long drop. Someone needs to make short drop digital/mechanical keys. Loads of room for innovation in this market. Less bling, more functionality, please. Reply
  • Fallen Kell - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    You simply want red or black switches, not blue. Blue switches have the deepest actuation depth due to the floating carriage used in the switch. Even brown switches have a shorter depth for actuation of the switch. As for WASD keys, its a standard keytop, if you like it different, go out and pickup something special. Personally I HATE different keytops for the WASD keys. You already have a texture placement on the F key to know where your hands are, the D key is directly next to the F, so you should have no problem simply feeling where your hands are located. Reply
  • pogostick - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - link

    F & J have texture because they are the home keys when typing. Your index fingers go there. The home keys are different for gaming. The point of the textured keys is movement efficiency. It makes no sense to require extra movement to feel if you are in the right place by reaching for a non-home key. Besides, your and Michael Bay's peeves can be placated by including alternate keycaps with the keyboard. Reply

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