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Thermaltake was one of the few companies that had online expo events to replace the loss of Computex 2020 and CES 2021 due to COVID-19, and one of the rare few to actually improve these events over time. Not only were there public events and announcements of new products in January, the company held detailed 1-on-1 media sessions for every product of interest. I was especially interested in their new peripherals. Under the new Argent lineup, Thermaltake is aiming to introduce a clean-looking high-end set of products to appeal to most people. We will take a look at the Argent K5 keyboard separately since it arrived just a couple of days before the newer W1 Wireless. So here we are then taking a look at this keyboard first, and thanks again to Thermaltake for sending review samples to TechPowerUp!

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While not part of the Argent lineup directly, it is heavily influenced by the new design scheme the company is taking. The W1 Wireless is a large keyboard no doubt, mostly owing to the integrated wrist rest seen in the stock photo above. Otherwise, we see a good-looking unit the company advertises with three means of connectivity: wired (USB), wireless via Bluetooth, and wireless via a 2.4 GHz network. There is also no internal battery as Thermaltake uses replaceable AA batteries instead. A couple of other things add to the longevity promised with the W1 Wireless, and we will go through everything in this review that begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.

Specifications

Thermaltake W1 Wireless Keyboard
Layout: 104-key full-size form factor in a US ANSI layout, other languages supported based on your region
Material: ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate
Macro Support: No
Weight: 1.4 kg/3.1 lbs.
Wrist Rest: Yes, fixed
Anti-ghosting: Full N-Key rollover USB and 2.4 GHz
Media Keys: Dedicated volume control
Dimensions: 222 (L) x 442 (W) x 41 (H) mm
Cable Length: 6 ft/1.8 m
Software: No
Switch Type: Choice of Cherry MX Red or Blue mechanical switch
Backlighting: No
Interface: USB, Bluetooth 4.2, or 2.4 GHz
Warranty: Two years

Thermaltake was one of the few companies that had online expo events to replace the loss of Computex 2020 and CES 2021 due to COVID-19, and one of the rare few to actually improve these events over time. Not only were there public events and announcements of new products in January, the company held detailed 1-on-1 media sessions for every product of interest. I was especially interested in their new peripherals. Under the new Argent lineup, Thermaltake is aiming to introduce a clean-looking high-end set of products to appeal to most people. We will take a look at the Argent K5 keyboard separately since it arrived just a couple of days before the newer W1 Wireless. So here we are then taking a look at this keyboard first, and thanks again to Thermaltake for sending review samples to TechPowerUp!

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While not part of the Argent lineup directly, it is heavily influenced by the new design scheme the company is taking. The W1 Wireless is a large keyboard no doubt, mostly owing to the integrated wrist rest seen in the stock photo above. Otherwise, we see a good-looking unit the company advertises with three means of connectivity: wired (USB), wireless via Bluetooth, and wireless via a 2.4 GHz network. There is also no internal battery as Thermaltake uses replaceable AA batteries instead. A couple of other things add to the longevity promised with the W1 Wireless, and we will go through everything in this review that begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.

Specifications

Thermaltake W1 Wireless Keyboard
Layout: 104-key full-size form factor in a US ANSI layout, other languages supported based on your region
Material: ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate
Macro Support: No
Weight: 1.4 kg/3.1 lbs.
Wrist Rest: Yes, fixed
Anti-ghosting: Full N-Key rollover USB and 2.4 GHz
Media Keys: Dedicated volume control
Dimensions: 222 (L) x 442 (W) x 41 (H) mm
Cable Length: 6 ft/1.8 m
Software: No
Switch Type: Choice of Cherry MX Red or Blue mechanical switch
Backlighting: No
Interface: USB, Bluetooth 4.2, or 2.4 GHz
Warranty: Two years

Packaging and Accessories

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Thermaltake packaging is typically big and bold, and the W1 Wireless is no different. We see a plastic wrap over the product box to keep it pristine in transit, and the box itself is large to reflect the larger-than-average keyboard with the fixed wrist rest inside. On the front is the company logo, product name, and a large render of the keyboard, as well as a sticker to let you know of the switches on the unit inside. Two salient marketing features make an appearance as well, with the others alongside another render and the technical specifications in multiple languages on the back. Two double flaps and a seal on the side keep the contents inside in place during transit.

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Opening the box, we see the keyboard enclosed not only inside another plastic wrap to keep it free of dust, but also held in place within two thick foam pieces on the sides for added protection to the keyboard. These foam pieces have cutouts that fit the keyboard very well, including angles to account for the thinner wrist rest compared to the keyboard. The other accessories are found either underneath, as with the paperwork, or in a separate compartment up top to ensure the keyboard does not get scratched. Thermaltake includes a warranty policy guide and a more useful quick installation guide in multiple languages (online copy here) that goes over the setup of all three connectivity options in multiple languages.

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The other accessories consist of a nice male USB Type-A connector to male USB Type-C cable, which points towards the Type-C connectivity on the keyboard, and a metal wire keycap puller, which is better than the plastic ring pullers because it isn’t as likely to scratch the sides of keycaps, though it is also more expensive. Then there’s the 2.4 GHz dongle, which is quite small and plugs into an available USB Type-A port on your client device. Finally, and knowing that the W1 Wireless uses replacement AA batteries, Thermaltake includes two non-rechargeable AA batteries in the box to get you started. These are typical 1.5 V alkaline batteries, and you may want to get your own NiMH rechargeable batteries sooner rather than later.

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