Anidees Prismatic Bluetooth Keyboard Review


Anidees Prismatic Bluetooth Keyboard Review


We know what you're thinking. It's tiny. It's Chinese. It's from a company you've never heard of. It's chiclet keys which guarantees a typing experience akin to pushing your finger into some jam. What is that saying about judging books by their covers...?

The Anidees Prismatic is a serious surprise.

First and foremost the build quality is really good. It might be both light and small, but there is no flex in the chassis nor the creaks and groans that are symptomatic of items of a lesser standard. As you could see from the pictures on the preceding pages and even the image at the top of this page, the font used on the keys is crisp and clear. Given how many additional features each key has available having something you can spot at a glance is important, and the Prismatic scores top marks here. Only the spacebar LED doesn't fully illuminate the Anidees logo and how much you can tolerate the fact the Windows key is resolutely red regardless of colour choice is up to you, but we don't mind either too much, even if we'd prefer the Windows Key to match the rest of the lighting.

Setting the keyboard up for wired use is obviously easy - very much just plug and play - whilst the connector is the industry standard mini-USB style so commonly found on charging ports, which let you charge the Prismatic easily with whatever is to hand. Connecting it via Bluetooth is similarly trouble free. Hold the Fn+Esc keys for two seconds puts it into pairing mode and then just pair it on your device of choice. Because you have a few pairing profiles available you can keep it attached to your phone, computer, tablet, anything that supports a Bluetooth keyboard.

With chiclet keys you have the expectation that the switches will be squishy or indistinct, but the Anidees Prismatic might have chiclet keycaps but they are attached to mechanical switches with a microswitch click in them. The actuation distance is short and the actuation weight is light, which gives a typing experience much closer to that of a Cherry MX Blue switch than the diminutive proportions might lead you to believe. It's like a strange hybrid of a laptop sized keyboard that types like a mechanical. Your eyes give you one expectation and your fingers are reporting something entirely different. The closest thing we could approximate it to is some Heston Blumethal concoction that looks like a biscuit but tastes like soup. It takes some mental recalculation.

Finally the lighting options are abundant. There are some profiles built in which light up the more common key bindings settings from some games, whilst it also has a complete selection of effects both useful and fancy. The colours are all represented well and the lighting shows through the excellent key font with clarity. If you've reached this review via an internet search then you might have come across a few people proclaiming that the Anidees Prismatic either goes flat really quickly or gets super hot when charging. We can report that we had neither of those issues.

Naturally there are some compromises to be made when you're dealing with a keyboard that has such a small footprint, but we're happy to report that they are only the issues of limited key numbers meaning that some keys pull double duty. Otherwise the Anidees Prismatic connects easily, lights beautifully, types significantly better than you might expect and does so in a package compact enough and flexible enough to support connection to almost anything you can think of. At £60 it's a decent investment of cash, but if you want the particular things it has to offer, there is little competition.

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