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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 08 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Tt eSPORTS Knucker
Tt eSPORTS Knucker Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Tt eSPORTS Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard

Manufacturer: Thermaltake, Inc.
Product Name: Knucker
Model Number: KB-KNK008
UPC: 84116304482
Price As Tested: $39.99 (Amazon / NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.

In today's throw-away culture it seems that nothing is sacred anymore. Spending ~$100 on a keyboard seems like nothing to some folks with disposable income, but not all of us have that luxury. To this end Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS division have created the Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard (model: KB-KNK008).

The Knucker Gaming Keyboard was designed and priced to sit partially between regular rubber dome keyboards and mechanical switch keyboards. The end result is what Thermaltake call 'Plunger switch technology', a semi-mechanical rubber dome setup that gives tactile feel of mechanical switches at a much lower cost. Here at Benchmark Reviews we aim to give you the information you want without all the hype, so you can make an educated decision for yourself. Read on to find out if the Knucker keyboard is all that it promises to be.


Features & Specifications


KNUCKER, pro-gaming plunger-switch keyboard. Tactile Response for Precision Feedback - KNUCKER pro-gaming keyboard is designed with Tt eSPORTS' brilliant research in keycap switch development, successfully installing the plunger-switch into KNUCKER keyboard. Aiming for outstanding keystroke experience and amazing gentle feedback, KNUCKER is critically tested to make sure each key press meets the expectation.

KNUCKER gaming keyboard gives you unprecedented keycap experience - KNUCKER gaming keyboard is designed with Plunger Switch technology that simulates key response from a mechanical keyboard, but much quieter and easier to press. Keyswitch Development Center in Tt eSPORTS is proud to present the latest innovative development in gaming keyboard keyswitch that is capable of delivering incredible 15 million keystrokes of elasticity, and quite audible feedback. Yet, each time you press, you immediately experience that solid, steady key-press response with slight force from your finger tip.

S4Key-Function Design, accelerates your repeat rate switch in 4 modes - KNUCKER gaming keyboard is designed specifically for game genres that require constant switching in repeat rate, a gaming behavior also known as Repeat-Rate Rotating Movement, or R3M in short. This behavior motivates the initial creation of KNUCKER, and to apply in gaming environment, the keyboard acts as a gaming solution to allow gamers to switch the mode rapidly. Requires the PS2 adapter to experience.

Design Concept of KNUCKER gaming keyboard - Each key cap of KNUCKER keyboard is meticulously designed by Tt eSPORTS' Industrial Painting Workshop crews to select the most durable yet visually vibrant Electric Cyan silk-print technique to stand out from the commonly seen white paint in other keyboards. KNUCKER keyboard also gives you 8 replaceable red caps for gaming visual convenience. The most used keys: WASD & 4 directions. Battle Dragon logo has been well-recognized as a representation of Tt eSPORTS by the e-Sports community. KNUCKER gaming keyboard designs F12 key as the Battle Dragon key, locating at the center of keyboard's palm rest, seemingly floating between you and KNUCKER.




Interface USB
Membrane, Mechanical, Plunger


On-Board Fan Device


Anti-Ghosting Keys 12 (USB) / 16 (PS2)
On-Board Memory Size 0
No. of Game Profile


No. of Macro Key


Polling Rate

250 Hz





Graphical UI


On-Board Audio Jacks


Smart Cable Management


Gold-Platted USB


USB Cable Detachable


Multimedia Keys


On-Board USB Port


Keystroke Lifecycle

15 million

Cable Length

1.8m braided

Dimension (LxWxH)

450 x 185 x 28.5mm

Other Features

- Plunger switch feels like CHERRY Black mechanical switch.
- Repeat Rate Adjustment: 1x/2x/4x/8x in PS/2 mode
- Ideal for FPS game genre



# RE: Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming KeyboardLeonard 2013-05-13 11:42
I want my keys to be bright and easily seen in dimly lit to semi dark room. But the most important is that the markings last. Next would be that the keys last.
Most of my keyboards have went to the grandkids (3 and under) or the trash due to the lettering that has left the building.
My newest fix has been to put put clear nail polish, but I still only get a few extra months before it wears out anyways.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming KeyboardDavid Ramsey 2013-05-13 12:51
Ideally, you'd want keyboards with double-shot keys, where the legend is molded all the way through the key in a different color plastic. Sadly I don't know any keyboards made with double shot keys any more; although various methods like dye sublimation (such as used on old IBM Model M keyboards) can last quite a while.
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