The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard is part of a variety of new products put out on the new Tt eSPORTS gaming line. The Challenger Pro is the “mid” level keyboard in the keyboard series with the simple Challenger below it and the Challenger Ultimate above it. All of the Challenger keyboards come included with an onboard fan, which can be either installed on the right or left side of the keyboard. The Challenger Pro comes with an upgraded keyboard layout, including 10 customizable “T” keys, as well as an adjustable red illumination back light and two USB 2.0 ports. The Challenger Pro is a downgrade from the Challenger Ultimate, which also offers the same keyboard layout, but has a customizable back light (any color imaginable) and on board audio jacks.
The keyboard has a black design, including black keys that are soft to the touch and a black base. An angled palm rest conforms nicely to your finger while gaming or typing. Along the front edge of the keyboard is a section of red, to help give the keyboard some style. In the center of the hand rest is the Tt logo, which is illuminated along with the rest of the keyboard.
Along the right side of the keyboard you have the fan connection, with pre-installed cover, T keys T6-10 and your standard number pad. The smaller keys going from right to left are the profile changer, backlight adjuster (0%, 25%, 50%, or 100% illumination), and your standard multimedia keys.
Moving towards the top center of the keyboard are your pause, scroll lock and print screen buttons as well as your standard F1-F12 function keys. At the top of the keyboard is a small notification area, which lets you know your standard caps, scroll and num locks are on/off, but also indicates which profile you are currently using (either 1, 2, 3 or 4), by displaying different colors.
On the left side of the keyboard you have another fan connection and your T keys T1-T5.
Installing the fan is pretty easy. The connection is similar to an audio jack, so all you have to do is remove the cover and press it in place.
Towards the front of the keyboard you’ll find two USB 2.0 slots, the keyboard connection, and a slot to hold the fan while it’s not in use.
On the back of the keyboard you’ll find four rubber feet to help keep the keyboard in place. There are also two clips on either side to raise the height of the keyboard. Towards the center right of the keyboard is also a cable routing path for the keyboard connection to help keep the clutter down on the cable.