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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

Final Thoughts

 

In the end, we see that history does tend to repeat itself, and everything we loved about Das Keyboard products rings true in this latest design. The PRIME 13 has been a pleasure to use, it is near silent if used with soft hands, but can tend to "clack" as the keys return to the resting position, as speed and pressure increases. The 104 key layout feels normal and does not take much time to get used to at all.

 

We found ourselves nearly immediately cruising right along with typing up reviews as if it were an old friend we had not seen in a while. The look of the PRIME 13 is fantastic, and we like the matte finish this time around. While we do tend to use the multimedia keys quite a bit, and found these to be sufficient. We like being able to adjust the backlighting, and that alone is something we do not normally see from Das Keyboard. The customers asked for it, and the PRIME 13 glows with white LEDs across the entire keyboard, even for the Lock indicator LEDs.

 

 

While not intended for gaming, it can and will get you by in most instances. The lack of software makes the PRIME 13 great to take around from place to place, allowing those where the "feel" of the keyboard is most important, you will never have to compromise, as this keyboard can go right along with you. The use of Cherry MX Brown switches is made to save the ears of those who can type like the wind, but are also a prized option for a lot of gaming keyboards. There are some limitations to this product, but as we say, we gamed on it without issue, and as long as your needs do not exceed the feature set, you two could enjoy company from the PRIME 13.

 

The one thing that is hard to portray in words is the feel of a Das Keyboard. There are no vibrations felt through the keys, the steel plate is solid as a rock, and the frame either dresses it up or encloses the innards, everything is purpose built with the PRIME 13. On the inside, the same level of detail is taken on the build process, and in every aspect, much attention to detail has been paid. You may very well be able to find something similar, with less cost involved, but it likely won't deliver the level of detail of this design, or the professional-grade feel associated with a Das Keyboard product.

 

The PRIME 13 may not be for everyone, but those of you who spend hours a day at the helm, typing away on a keyboard all day, you already know this is right up your alley. To us, it may be low on gamer oriented options, but some of us miss basic designs. We fully appreciate what you are getting for the price with designs such as what is found in this Das Keyboard PRIME 13 mechanical keyboard.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money92%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: The PRIME 13 is built for the typist and is a stellar performer. The elegance, the feel, the solid construction, and of course the backlighting delivers all you need to get through hours of work at the keyboard.

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