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Das Keyboard Prime 13 Review

Final Analysis

The Das Keyboard Prime 13 looks like the company's more expensive keyboards, and it has similarly solid build quality. We like the aluminum top plate, and the overall package isn't too heavy. The completely standard layout makes swapping the keycaps easy, although, the shine-through keycaps are ideally designed for the in-switch LED placement, so if you add a replacement set, you may diminish the careful backlighting Das created.

The USB passthrough hub is a cool extra, but it's increasingly useless without support for USB 3.0. The lack of physical media controls despite all the extra surface area in the "Das bump" is also a bummer. Even so, it's priced reasonably at $129, and Das has an excellent three-year warranty, whereas you’ll find only a one-year warranty on many other keyboards. There's even a 30-day money-back guarantee if you don't like the product.


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  • Tom Griffin
    I have owned much to my wife's pressure an original DAS Keyboard not as good as an old fashioned IBM 3270 terminal but damn close. i like the sound when you make a mistake touch typing.
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  • AgentLozen
    What makes an IBM 3270 so good?
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  • brad.scholz
    Buckling spring switches and rock-solid build quality
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