Sharkoon PureWriter TKL: Flat, space-saving and mechanically flawless

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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:

Low-profile, 2-block layout without number block, DE or US/UK
Switch type:
Mechanical (Kailh Red) Mechanical (Kailh Blue)
Linear Tactile
Switching point:
not noticeable Noticeable
Click point: not noticeable precisely noticeable
Actuation force: 45g 55g
Switching path
1.5 mm 1.5 mm
Switch housing
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
1000 Hz
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)

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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