When it comes to keyboards, people are always ranting and raving about what kind of keyboard you have, especially when you’re talking about gaming keyboards. As I have been working on my game and because my keyboard was about 6 years old and only cost me £5 at the time, I have finally replaced my keyboard.
Although it is all very good looking, just how good is this keyboard? Is it reasonably priced and what do I think of it so far? Well, other than it’s stunning looks, it is quiet. So far, so good!
Mechanical vs Membrane
First of all, this isn’t a mechanical keyboard. Instead, it is a membrane keyboard which at the price at purchase (roughly £35), this is pretty expensive. Membrane keyboards are on the out, at the moment. This is in favour of mechanical keyboards which are heavier to touch. With all this said and done, this is a nice and soft membrane keyboard, but compared to my previous cheap keyboard, the keys feel a lot heavier and harder to press. If you’re used to smaller keys, each press can feel like an eternity.
With this said, the spacing on the keyboard is phenomenally well thought out, especially for gaming. It’s so well designed that you can do what I do: Sit right back and type out several paragraphs of words within a few minutes without even needing to think about where each key is placed. It feels like each key has been designed to be as good on the touch as possible, but it’s not necessarily so good on impact. Thankfully to counter this point, the keyboard comes with a really nice palm rest, which is utterly satisfying to rest your hands on.
That keyboard feeling
The keyboard feels big and it also feels really well designed. Along with the spacing and feel, for the price you’d expect a few extra features. As you can see, the keyboard is lit up and it comes in three separate colours: Blue, red and pink. The three colours stand out, but it’s not quite as bright as you might have expected. However, the keys are bright enough that the colour shows through the letters with no issues. This is quite important if you keep your keyboard in a keyboard tray on a desk like I do. Sometimes, if you had to look down at the keyboard, you need to be reminded where letters are before you get back on track with touch typing. The illumination, although not the strongest, is certainly sufficient enough.
You can increase and decrease the intensity of the illuminations with a little dial on the keyboard. Other than this, there’s a start/pause, a stop and two skip track buttons. There’s also a mute, sound up and sound down. Considering the £35 price point, I was expecting a few programmable keys, which I would have used to quickly go to specific parts of my computer to help out with my development. There’s plenty of uses for programmable buttons on keyboards, but this lacks any programmable button what so ever! It’s a crying shame, too as there’s a lot of keyboard, but a lack of features.
Over all then, for the price point it is a solid membrane keyboard. If you’re not yet ready to move from a membrane to a mechanical keyboard, then I reckon this might be amongst some of the best membrane keyboards out there. With all said and done, however – The lack of features is a real bane of this otherwise brilliant keyboard. It’s worth a buy if you’re looking for something which is just damn pretty.
This keyboard earns itself a respectable 3.5/5.
I like it a lot, but considering my previous keyboard was a lacklustre £5 keyboard – and even that had extra buttons (sound up/down, pause/play/stop/skip and a calculator button), it’s hard to rate this keyboard higher. It’s damn pretty though!
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April 8, 2015 | Categories: GeekOut discussion, Reviews, Technology | Tags: Keyboard, LED, Mechanical keyboard, Membrane keyboard, No Macro buttons, Perrix, PX-1100, Quiet keys, Soft, Tech, Technology | 6 Comments