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Thermaltake eSports Challenger Ultimate USB Gaming Keyboard 256 Colour Backlit With Cooling Fan

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Part #: CHU003US

SKU: 62072
Shipping Weight: 4.6 lbs

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Experience: 1 Days


back lighting
easy to use software
10 macro keys with 5 different profiles
comes with carrying case(if you nd something like that)
Keys feel "squished" together
Overall I really Like this keyboard. I like it more then my Razer lycosa that I had previously to purchasing this keyboard. It feels very durable and had the back lighting I like. I would definitely purchase this keyboard again in the future.

Experience: 2 Months


Good looking, the quanlity is higher than the almost same product from razer I have used before.
A little expensive for a non-mechnical keyboard.
TT is well know as computer case producer, this time also dose good job for gaming stuffs.

Experience: Days


Back lighting is great.
Super-strong braided USB cord.
Nice carrying case.
Fan keeps hands cool.
Nice programmable keys.
Good light options.
Disables computer audio, you have to use keyboard audio.
Only 10 T-keys, not 14. The other 4 are double click.
I can't register the keyboard online.
The keys are a bit louder than my Gateway keyboard.
I like the keyboard. Having the keys so close together takes a bit of getting used to, but it's nice once you use it some more. The keys are a bit loud, but that's okay. The back lighting is amazing, and the software is easy to use. The only problems are that when you program programs to open, you have to click on the .exe, not the shortcut. Be warned when you buy the keyboard, it's huge! I actually got worried it wouldn't fit on my desk (it did). There are lots of nice things with the keyboard, like the super-strong braided USB, and the fan actually works quite well. The problem is that when I installed the software, it made the keyboard my default audio. Annoying, but survivable.

This review was modfied by poster v 10-01-11 09:42 AM

This review was modfied by poster y 10-01-11 10:30 AM

This review was modfied by poster @ 11-20-11 12:29 PM

Experience: 2 Days


Brilliant configurable presets for colors and hotkeys
Very comfortable to type on
Logo backlight can be independently turned off
Mostly* traditional keyboard layout
Audio Interface built in
A little big
Fan is gimmicky and useless, really. An LED snakelight would have made better use of the power sockets
The function keys are tiny and squished together, making each key hard to find and use.
May require TWO USB ports.
Not real cheap at around $80.
I bought this for my dad who wanted a brightly backlit keyboard so that he could hunt-and-peck in the dark. He seems to be pretty happy with it.

I found it very comfortable to type on, and like the layout except for the way that Thermaltake squished all the function keys and Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause Break together so that they could make room for multimedia keys, a backlight brightness control button, and a preset toggle.

The presets are interesting. Using the software from you can actually configure 5 presets for the hotkeys and backlights that get saved in some kind of flash memory in the keyboard. The cool thing about this is that you don't actually need to run the software for the keyboard to be able to perform its special functions - you don't even have to be in Windows, which is great. The only downside is that programming the keyboard (reading and writing to its internal memory) takes a little time.

Each of the five modes is indicated by a colored LED that loggles between red, blue, green, pink and yellow. It's not the most intuitive design, but it's subtle and it works.

By default there is a garish Tt logo on the bottom that lights up red, but fortunately that can be turned off in the software and it will stay off.

The fan is pretty useless, and it can stow away (loosely) in a slot behind the keyboard.

The keyboard includes an audio interface so you can plug headphones and a microphone right in - a heck of a lot easier than crawling behind your computer tower!
There is also a USB hub.

An interesting thing to note is that this keyboard has a detachable right-angle mini-USB cable. It's a fancy cable with a braided sheath that has two connectors - presumably because this keyboard draws a lot of power compared to most. I haven't tried extensively, but I suspect that it would generally work with only a single port.

I'm not totally sure if I like that the cable is detachable. On one hand this means that you can swap the cable with a shorter or longer one (if a single USB port is enough, that is), and that it's perhaps less likely to get damaged or fray, but on the other hand it's fairly easy to pull out by accident and it doesn't sit very flush with the back of the keyboard.

All in all, this is a pretty great product - I'd give it five stars if only Thermaltake could have left the damned function keys alone and put some extra buttons on top for multimedia controls and their special lighting controls. Also the price is pretty high, but this is obviously not a product intended for those with a very limited computer parts budget.

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ThermalTake Challenger Ultimate KB-CHU003US Gaming Keyboard
The ThermalTake Challenger Ultimate KB-CHU003US Gaming Keyboard features a wizard 256 back light design which enables back light color adjustment for up to 256 individual colors. It's equipped with on board audio jacks which makes it convenient for your headset device installation and saves the hassle of installing the headset at the back of a PC. With multimedia keys, this ThermalTake Challenger Ultimate KB-CHU003US Gaming Keyboard gives you instant access to multimedia function for quick audio control. It also comes with 64kb on board memory for storage of up to 70 macro keys for action, shooting, RPG, and strategy games. But that's not all, this ThermalTake Challenger Ultimate KB-CHU003US Gaming Keyboard has a fan device that does not only keep your hands dry, it also provides comfortable gaming experience.


  • Wizard 256 Back Light Design
    Enables back light color adjustment for up to 256 individual colors.
  • On Board Audio Jacks
    Provide convenience of headset device installation. Save the hassle of installing the headset at the back of a PC.
  • User Interface
    Provides 5 game profiles; each profile offers up to 14 macro keys or Single keys from T1 to T14.
  • Macro Keys
    Program the combined actions in a quick T button to make a move ahead of other gamers.
  • Multimedia Keys
    Instant access to multimedia function for quick audio control.
  • 64KB On Board Memory
    Storage of up to 70 macro keys for action, shooting, RPG, strategy games.
  • On Board Profile Switch
    On board profile switch to engage for instant game changes.
  • Back Light Switch
    Back light switch allows gamers to choose the different levels of lighting depending on the mood.
  • Fan Device
    Cooling fan not only keeps your hand dry and provides comfortable gaming experience.
  • Windows Dummy Keycaps
    Enclosed with two Windows keys to disable the function; prevent from jumping out of the game by accident.
  • Smart Cable Management with Detachable Cable Design
    Protects cable from damage of improper use, for easy storage and cable protection.
  • 8 Additional Removable Keycaps
    Additional W, A, S, D and four directional arrow keys for durable gaming alternative.
  • 2 X USB2.0 Ports

    Specifications [ Edit | History ]

        Device Type:  Keyboard
        Connection Type:  USB
        Keyboard Type:  Gaming
        Special Features:  Multimedia Buttons
        Backlit Keys
        64KB On Board Memory
        Macro Keys
        Operating Systems Supported:  XP
        Windows 7

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