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Good hardware. Perplexing software.
on 26 September 2013
As always this item arrived very fast indeed from Amazon :)
This is actually a very nice piece of hardware. Solidly built with a decent key action. The backlight has adjustable colours and brightness. It is a full size keyboard but has a small footprint. The wrist rest is detachable thankfully as it is of no use to me. The built in USB port is a very nice addition as it means pen drives, phones and media players can be connected without having to muck around with the ports at the back of your PC. And, very importantly, this keyboard is a UK, as opposed to US, keyboard.
Installation isn't straightforward though. I had to uninstall my previous (vanilla) keyboard from Windows Device Manager then plug in the Perrix and restart my PC. The driver and software isn't automatically installed and needs to be run from the installation CD. After a reboot the Perixx was working as a standard keyboard but I still needed to access the software to customise the keyboard's appearance and functions.
The software is beyond cryptic, made worse by the appalling standard of the manual. Perixx is a German company I believe so I was prepared for some dodgy English grammar but the manual doesn't really have any structure at all. It doesn't explain how or when to use keyboard layers, how to write or assign macros or even how to access the keyboard customisation software in the first place. Bizarrely, the software is accessed via an icon for the PX-3000 driver that appears in the Windows Start menu. I found that periodically clicking the icon would fail to bring up the keyboard settings and I would have to reinstall the software. When inside the customisation software you are pretty much left on your own to figure out how to use it. There are no tool tips or internal help resources. The manual makes no attempt to talk you through the process. I pretty much figured out how to change the backlight by guesswork but writing and assigning macros is still beyond me after 3 hours of trying to assign a key just to put my PC into sleep mode. A visit to the FAQs on the Perixx website was unenlightening and merely referred me back to the manual. At the moment I'm searching online to find a dummies' guide to find out how to use this keyboard's primary selling point!
Overall, this is a good piece of hardware, especially at the price, but the manual and software seriously undermine the ability to customise the hardware for gaming use which I'm guessing is what most people will actually buy this keyboard for.