Anidees Prismatic Bluetooth Keyboard Review
Published: 13th March 2018 | Source: Anidees | Price: |
The packaging is minimalist with just a plain black box having a slight glossy keyboard that is extremely difficult to photograph. However, that's all there is to give a clue as to what is inside.
Inside we have the Prismatic keyboard itself, a USB connection/charging cable, and a manual. The documentation is usually the item that has the most difficulty in its journey from the Far East to European shores, and sure enough for a keyboard with this many secondary effects on each key it isn't the clearest thing we've ever read. Fortunately, as with any keyboard, you can't do any damage by poking and hoping so a combination of our experience with how these things usually work, the diagrams in the manual and some fiddling about quickly got up to speed.
Secondary keys are to be expected with something as compact as the Prismatic, and it seems that every key does something else. Fortunately a lot of them make a lot of sense, hinting at the attention to detail behind the Anidees offering. The cursor keys double up with the WASD, right where you'd expect, whilst lighting profiles, styles, colours and the like are all adjusted by utilising the Fn key and either the cursor keys, the Tab key or the Tilde to set it to your liking. Fn+cursors is a common method for onboard lighting changes, so it isn't a leap into the unknown. Elsewhere the Escape key doubles up as a toggle between cable and Bluetooth connectivity, whilst you can store different pairings easily.
There are no feet on the Prismatic, so we wouldn't recommend typing for lengthy stretches unless you can place it upon your lap and gain your ergonomic assistance that way.
The keycaps might be the chiclet style, but that doesn't mean the typing experience is squishy and horrible. Quite the contrary with the switches having a tactile feedback profile akin to the Cherry MX Blue switches, and feeling surprisingly robust. Really, you'll be shocked at how this blurs the lines between laptop scissor switch looks but a mechanical keyboard feel.
As well as more common lighting options the Prismatic comes with some profiles built in for the most popular gaming titles. It saves an awful lot of time getting up and running without needing to create game specific profiles.