One can also celebrate the art of skilful omission without anyone immediately shrugging off in pain. If you can live without a number pad or even want to, you also save the space for a second, thick coffee cup. Frills? You don't really need it. Beading, gaming stickers and color applications also bother more than bringing skills. That's why we were curious to see what awaits us when unpacking the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL.
A rather neutral packaging, but solid, contains nothing but the keyboard, two connecting cables with 0.5 m each (laptop) and 1.5 m length (PC). There is also a short guide to programming the lighting effects. You have to write yourself anyway. Except for a little Asian air, it was. Enough, though.
Optics and haptics
The top with the almost free-standing buttons is completely designed as an aluminium plate with a matt black coated surface and has been sanded and polished at the surrounding edges. With a width of only 33.5 cm, this keyboard fits on the smallest desk, especially since the required depth is still very moderate with less than 13 cm.
The arrangement of the keys does not give up any puzzles, because it follows the usual rules. The picture below shows very nicely how low even the half-height keycaps have turned out. With a good 6 mm for the caps and a total of approx. 1 cm for everything there definitely nothing sticks into the evening sky and they are hardly higher than larger scissor keys.
The base plate is a shell of slightly cheap-looking injection molding, which has been screwed from above. The good news is that you don't usually see them. The 4-point layout of the keyboard, which is very light with over 500 grams, is stable and non-slip.
The back leaves room for the mini USB port, which can be fitted with either the two cables supplied or your own product.
Ergonomically, nothing burns, because the possible inclination is just enough, but could be a little higher in the angle of attack. Two-stage wouldn't be bad, but at the moment this is probably not possible (since much more expensive).
The fold-out feet also have a rubber lining circumferential at the end, which helps to avoid slipping to some extent. It's hard to do more if you take into account the light weight of the keyboard. The height of the keyboard in the non-set state goes with the approx. 3.5 cm in any case fine.
Before we continue to deal with the switches and keycaps, we first list the most important technical data in tabular form:
|PUREWRITER TKL RED
||PUREWRITER TKL BLUE
||Low-profile, 2-block layout without number block, DE or US/UK|
||Mechanical (Kailh Red)||Mechanical (Kailh Blue)|
|Click point:||not noticeable||precisely noticeable|
||1.5 mm||1.5 mm|
||Transparent plastic, black base|
||Plastic, 6.2 mm high, lasered, locked over 2 brackets (proprietary)|
||Blue, programmable effects|
||50 million Attacks|
||USB, Multi-Device, NKRO, Anti-Ghosting, Anti-Jamming|
|Max. Polling rate
||Mini USB. optionally two cables (=.5 m + 1.5 m)|
||355 x 127 x 35 mm (L x W x H)|
||503 g (without cable)|
||from 66.50 Euro (Geizhals-Link)|