For the price of 2400 pesos (Gateron variant) and 2700 pesos (Kailh Speed variant), I can say that the Tecware Elite 87 is currently the most affordable wired RGB TKL with universal hotswap feature. I have never encountered any issues with this board aside from the OTF lighting mode that can be messed up if you didn’t read the manual. It might act up strange when you press FN + (+/=) button, so instead use the software I provided earlier in the review. So far what I can see in this keyboard is the top plate’s paint getting peeled off in due time. Apart from this, what I don’t like is still the non-removable cable of the Elite 87, which I hoped that it could’ve been addressed in this elite version vs the ordinary Phantom.
So if your previous or current board’s keys acting up strange, this might be the best time to switch to the Tecware Phantom Elite 87. Get the Gateron Yellow if you want a linear that is not so soft and not that heavy as well. Also, if you want a slight advantage if you’re playing FPS games, you can try the Kailh Speed variant which gives a faster travel time and lower actuation point. Whereas if you like to be in between gaming and typing, you can have the Elite 87 Kailh Speed copper or the Gateron Brown.
To sum up the review, I’m giving the Tecware Elite 87 our Performance and Silver award.
Tecware Phantom Elite 87
I could’ve given the Lason Worthy Award for the Tecware Phantom Elite 87 if only the cable was converted into a detachable one. TKL boards are for on-the-go, might as well make it more compact with detachable cables.
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