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Perixx PX-1100 Keyboard Review

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!

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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.

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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.

Extras

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.

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Summary

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!

What do you think of this pretty keyboard? What keyboard do you have? As always, comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter!

6 responses

  1. V

    Funnily enough, I have this exact keyboard. I bought it last year during my PC build when I’d begun to creep up over my budget, and I thought this PX-1100 would be something of a compromise. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of programmable keys (like yourself) and to be honest the first thing I did was rip off that rest (that’s a personal preference), but overall I actually really like it. Would definitely agree with the respectable score of 3.5/5.

    I have the illumination on blue, and coupled with my Logitech G502 Proteus, it’s a fairly pretty desk I have. :D

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    April 8, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    • I love the keyboard over all – It’s brilliant and the colours on the desk make everything oh so damn pretty. I enjoy the pink, as in the dark it’s super bright. I find the red the least bright of the three colours (Blue is a nice compromise for the day time for me!)

      Ah, that is one very pretty mouse you have! But yeah, I kinda thought, with the size of it, that there had to be at least -one- programmable key. Real shame, but happily using it still! I assume you found it on Amazon, like me? :P

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      April 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      • V

        Yes! Found it on Amazon. The reviews were mostly positive, I liked the size, and it was coming from the UK so I knew I wouldn’t be waiting weeks for it to arrive like anything I order from the US. It was definitely a good buy for me. I had planned on upgrading to something a little more swanky but to be honest I’m perfectly happy with it so I’ll probably hang on to it until next year (or until my constant key mashing kills it).

        The red for some reason hurts my eyes, but the pinky/purple colour is lovely. I’d have stuck with that if my mouse wasn’t blue! As for the mouse, picked that up the last time I was in the US (prices don’t vary much – think it was about $80) and it’s the best mouse I’ve had in years.

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        April 8, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      • My mouse was the “Anker Gaming Mouse” – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Programmable-Buttons-Profiles-specific-Switches/dp/B00CBQO930. It’s a surprisingly good mouse for just £15.99, with great precision and 4 LED lights (Red, Blue, Green and Purple!)

        The two together just look like a work of art, I tell you that… And it means while I’m sat here working on writing my game, it’s just that much more fun! I love how the mouse LEDs pulsate :P

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        April 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      • V

        Oh wow! I absolutely love the look of that!! And you’re right, the specs are great for 15.99. I’m not surprised you’re getting all distracted by the bright, shiney things. :D

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        April 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      • That’s why I have my keyboard shelf: to tuck it all away and not look at them as I work! :P

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        April 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

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