The Tesoro Lobera Supreme is a fully programmable keyboard and thus it comes with its own software that, unfortunately, it is very basic and archaic by today's standards. Even though it is very simple to use, the interface is not very practical and can be confusing at first. It has a "PC Mode", which disables all advanced functions and makes the Lobera Supreme an ordinary keyboard, plus five programmable profiles. Each of the profiles can be linked to an application, automatically engaging while that application is running. The keys can be programmed and re-mapped individually, but any changes of the lighting color affect the entire keyboard.

It is possible to either re-map a key, to launch applications with it or to perform a macro that has been programmed using the software. The macro recorder however is very basic. Macro recording is initiated by clicking the "Start Record" button, all key presses with their time delays will be recorded, and then it will stop once the "Stop Record" button is clicked. The time delays and the sequence can be edited, as well as new key presses can be inserted into an existing macro. It is also possible to set the macro to repeat a finite number of times, as long as the key is being held pressed or until it is pressed again. However, the recorder is unable to record anything beyond keyboard keystrokes, such as mouse movements and clicks.


The color selection brings out a list of about 180 colors for the user to choose from. Although most are just slightly darker hues of a major color, the number of colors is more than satisfactory. Different colors can be selected for each of the five profiles. Selecting a color instantly affects the entire keyboard, with every key and the side strips changing to that color.


When Tesoro released the Lobera Supreme over a year ago, its primary marketing point was the multiple color backlighting. In early 2014, that really was something special. Today however, most manufacturers have released at least one keyboard with configurable backlighting. This makes the Lobera Supreme "just another mechanical keyboard" and somwhat limits its marketing potential.

Quality-wise, the Lobera Supreme is relatively well made and solid as far as a plastic design will go. It could use cross instead of bar supports under the larger keys, but the feeling of the keys remains acceptable for a high performance keyboard. Aesthetics are a subjective matter but we feel that it is mostly suited to "aggressive" gaming systems, with visually complex or metallic cases. As a keyboard, the Lobera Supreme is a very good product.

The heart of every programmable keyboard is the software and this is where the Lobera Supreme appears to lack the most. It lacks polish and the macro recorder is amazingly basic for such a product. With the vast majority of gamers requiring the recording of at least absolute mouse movements and clicks, it is unlikely that any gamer will not have to look for a third-party macro recording software. Finally, it could really use a language check, as the English translation needs a pass from QA.

The Tesoro Lobera Supreme currently retails for $150 including shipping, a rather high price that pits it against many other advanced keyboards, such as the Razer BlackWidow Chroma. A little more can buy you the Corsair K70 RGB, which has Cherry MX switches and an aluminum body. Although the Tesoro Lobera Supreme generally is a good keyboard, it is not much of a deal at its current retail price. It is hard to recommend the Lobera Supreme unless somebody specifically likes its appearance much more over other designs or if is found retailing for less.

The Tesoro Lobera Supreme Mechanical Keyboard
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  • SniPerfidy - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Does the packaging remind anyone else of something...?
  • dagnamit - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Looks like Harry Potter vs. the allied Autobot and Decepticon Master Control Programs.
  • der - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    I just wanna be second, again.
  • alaricljs - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    "Metallic brace supports have been placed under the larger keys, which are not as good as cross-type supports."
    The device you identify as a "metallic brace support" is generally referred to as a Costar stabilizer since the most common source of these when they first appeared were Costar produced keyboards. The "cross-type supports" are Cherry stabilizers since they were first manufactured by Cherry. As to which one is better that's very much up to the end user, many prefer Costar since they impact the feel of the switch far less than Cherry which have their own in-built spring at the bottom of the keystroke.
  • jabber - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    I love a good keyboard but as I'm not a nail biter due to having really hard (I guess healthy) fingernails I have tended to wear the tops off backlit keycaps rather quickly. Suddenly that really expensive keyboard looks really scruffy.
  • blzd - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    Same here, kinda glad I'm not alone in this TBH. I probably should just cut my nails more often but even at their shortest they tend to scratch the painted keys.
  • Mr Perfect - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    Some good double shot keys would sort that out. I could have sworn I've seen keys with polycarb legends double shot into ABS caps, but can't find them now.
  • kmmatney - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    Do many people even use the "programmable" part of a keyboard. I haven't tried programming the keys on a keyboard in about 15 years, and certainly all mainstream games don't require it, or at least let you map the keys internally.
  • meacupla - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    I think it's handy for teamspeak, so you don't have to use the same button to talk into both game comms and TS.

    which is also echoingly annoying
  • blzd - Friday, May 1, 2015 - link

    You don't need a macro key to do that though. Any button will do.

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