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Das Keyboard PRIME 13 Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Das Keyboard

DOOM

 

While the PRIME 13 is not oriented towards games in general, this does not mean that we would not game on it. With DOOM running, we did not miss any extra buttons, and all movements are recorded, and functionally everything is sound for gaming.

 

The Cherry Brown MX switches, like Reds, are soft and better oriented for gaming in the first place, making this sleek looking keyboard just as capable as those with "Gaming" in their name, as far as all of the basics are concerned. We do not tend to use Macros in such a game, so we did not miss the fact of the lack of software, or Macro support.

 

 

 

Overwatch

 

As we tend to find, if we like the movement and feel of a keyboard with DOOM, we find is also works well for Overwatch. While this is a game where we tend to appreciate key remapping, there is not that option with the PRIME 13 either. Movements were on point, and the key presses felt sufficient for this game.

 

Even when in the heat of the battle, the NKRO support works, as well as full anti-ghosting, so that each and every press is recorded as it is actuated. We are unsure of the polling rate, but we never ran into an issue where a key was not recognized when pressed, no matter how many we were attempting to press at once.

 

 

Windows and Productivity

 

This portion of the testing is where the PRIME 13 excels. The keyboard is built for speed, and we felt our typing had sped up as well, all within the first day. With the standard US layout over 104 keys, everything is right where it should be, and we found it to be pleasant when in use. Writing a few reviews on this keyboard is where we get a real feel for keyboards, and at no point did we find the PRIME 13 lacking in any way shape or form for this.

 

While typically we do not tend to put our PC into hibernation, it does not take long to find good reasons for such a feature, specifically if you don't want others to see what you are doing. Adjustable LED intensity is a nice feature, as those who need to look at the keyboard to type, may not prefer the brightest setting. All of the dual functionality keys work as intended, and for simplicity, we always like it when software does not have to be involved.

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