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Das Keyboard PRIME 13 Mechanical Keyboard Review

Das Keyboard PRIME 13 Mechanical Keyboard Review
Das Keyboard's PRIME 13 mechanical keyboard has its mind set on impressing typists and manages to do quite an impressive job of it.
By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Das Keyboard

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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Every once in a while, there comes a keyboard which is not entirely designed for gamers. As many typists out there will tell you, the market is filled with mechanical keyboard options which may feel ideal for writing endless pages of text or code, but most of them are packed with features that are not always needed. If someone tends always to be posting on social media or forums, whether a programmer or anyone who types a lot for work, usually those same options are either styled completely wrong for the environment or want you to pay a lot for things you may never use. While gaming is still possible with just about any keyboard out there, that is not the intention of this design in the slightest.

 

 

Das Keyboard has sent us only a couple of keyboards in the past, but we are impressed none the less. The Model S we saw as well as the 4 Professional can both be seen in this latest design, and with the advent of Division Zero, Das Keyboard now produces product lines for both sides of the fence. What we found in both designs was a professional feel, sleek aesthetics, and a solid and reliable construction across both samples. None of this is lost on our latest sample to hit the desk and is even said to be designed with these models in mind. Das Keyboard also says that they have kept their eyes and ears open to what the customers have been requesting of them, and have incorporated some of them into this design.

 

Das Keyboard delivered the PRIME 13 mechanical keyboard for our opinion on it. Notice nowhere in there is the word "gaming" or "RGB LED", or any of the bloat that comes associated with that segment of products. The PRIME 13 is a straightforward mechanical keyboard, without software, which is great for those of you who spend hours a day typing. There are still some features included with this design, but nothing over the top to distract you from the simple elegance that is the PRIME 13. It seems they have indeed listened to the suggestions, as we do believe this is the first of its kind to leave the labs at Das Keyboard.

 

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In the chart are some of the specifications and features. We know it has an ABS plastic lower frame to support the PCB and black painted steel plate, while this time we are offered an anodized, matte black finish to the 2mm thick aluminum top plate. This keyboard is 457.2mm from left to right, it is 171.45mm from front to back on the right side, and stands only 22.25mm tall, out of the box. On the PCB are 104 Cherry MX Brown switches, in the standard US layout. The keycaps on each switch are laser etched, molded in white and painted before doing so, and allows for the LED backlighting to show through in white.

 

Features are not near what the gaming product will offer, but the PRIME 13 still packs quite a punch. There is a USB 2.0 pass-through port on the keyboard, and connection to the PC is made through a braided cable which terminates with two USB 2.0 connections, and it is two meters in length. There is also some dual functionality across the top of the keyboard, offering multimedia support, and a hibernate key to put the PC to sleep. There is full NKRO support, anti-ghosting, and a rapid polling rate, making this product ideal for even the fastest of typists. All of that along with the fact of no driver suite sets the bar to the workhorse status of such a device.

 

Since we are writing this review to coordinate with the release of the PRIME 13, we could not locate this product listed anywhere currently. As for now, it will only be available at daskeyboard.com, and we are told the MSRP is set at $149. Since we have yet to be disappointed in a Das Keyboard product, we feel that the craftsmanship, overall feel, and simplistic yet sleek and elegant designs do tend to cost a premium. If our past is any guide to what we are about to see, the pricing may seem lofty with such a limited feature set.

 

 

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