Tecware Phantom RGB Layout and Features
The Phantom branding on the front left is subtle and exists as the only additional marking on the visible surfaces. The right contains the Caps lock and windows lock indicators in white LED between the keys. The block of 6 keys also double as the 6 programmable macro keys.
The keyboard case is built from plastic to help keep costs down. Tecware has added a gun metal alloy (aluminum?) back plate to the bottom to increase stability. I never thought I would be talking about a back plate on a keyboard! The end result looks like a more expensive keyboard with a black aluminum frame.
A 1.8m USB cable provides connectivity. The cable is not detachable but does have a nice braided cover and a plastic cap for protection when stored or traveling.
A set of folding risers and two rubber feet round out the foot print. I found the keyboard both grippy and stable even when frantically gaming away in a FPS.
Tecware uses the popular floating key stile of key mounting. This means the keys are mounted directly to the board and not recessed into the housing. This makes it easy to do maintenance and helps the RGB effect.
The Phantom RGB even comes with a simple key pulling device and four user replaceable Outemu Red switches. This should extend the life of the keyboard but changing out a key does require a nimble touch some might find daunting.