Our first look at a Das Keyboard was with their flagship Das Keyboard 4 Professional, wherein the main issue I had was that the price point was higher than what I felt the market was willing to pay. As is often the case with product tiers, the bang-for-buck is drastically reduced as you go from mainstream to enthusiast and from enthusiast to luxury in tiers, and Das Keyboard has thus introduced a new keyboard with the sole purpose of taking the same renowned build quality with an aluminum top panel, metal plate, and the subdued aesthetics to a lower price point. Enter the Das Keyboard Prime 13 mechanical keyboard, and thanks again to them for providing the review sample.
The Das Keyboard Prime 13 looks very similar to the rest of their lineup, including the Das Keyboard 4 series, with that defining raised notch at the top-right. However, where this section usually hosts the dedicated media buttons and volume scroll wheel, we now have nothing that is visible by just looking at the photograph above. First impressions can be deceiving, however, so let us wait until the very end to make our conclusions about this keyboard, and we will begin with a look at the specs below.
|Das Keyboard Prime 13|
|Material:||ABS plastic bottom panel, aluminum top panel, steel plate|
|Weight:||1.3 kg / 2.90 lbs.|
|Anti-Ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover|
|Media Keys:||Available as a secondary function|
|Dimensions:||172 (L) x 458 (W) x 31 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||2.01 M|
|Switch Type:||Genuine Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches|
|Backlighting:||Yes, white only|
|Warranty:||1 or 3 years depending on place of purchase|