Review of Perixx PERIPAD-202 number keypad

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Donka, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Donka macrumors 68020

    Donka

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    The PERIPAD is designed to be a simple product that does one thing well. In this case, it is purely to act as a number keypad to supplement any existing form of data entry. It is more common these days for computers to have compact keyboards in line with the various compact laptops which have no separate number pad.
    I’m a big fan of the Apple wireless keyboard which while comfortable and easy to use, is not the ideal when it comes to inputing a lot of numbers. The same extends to the keyboard on my MacBook Pro.
    This white version of the PERIPAD-202 complements the Mac keyboards very well indeed. As well as following the colour scheme of the Wireless keyboard with white on silver livery, the keypad is virtually the exact same dimensions as the Apple keyboard with only the slightly shallower angle of the keypad being the obvious physical difference.
    Build quality is as is expected for the asking price, firm and sturdy but fabricated from plastic which mimics Aluminium. The keys are an identical size to the Apple keys but more surprisingly, they feel almost identical in use. Under the finger they feel as precise with the same amount of travel. Only the slightly hollow tapping sound highlights the lower quality plastic construction but things still feel firm with no flex under normal use.
    The PERIPAD connects to the Mac via a normal USB connection - the cable being around 70cm in length. One added bonus with this connection is that Perixx have very thoughtfully integrated a 2 port USB hub with a socket on either side of the keypad. This is especially beneficial to the likes of the retina MacBook Pros that only come with two USB ports to start with. You give one up by adding the keypad but you gain that port back along with one more to spare.

    When you first connect this to a Mac, in my case running Mavericks, a prompt warns you that this keyboard has not been correctly identified and asks if you wish to identify it. You can cancel this prompt because at this point, the keypad is working fine. The PERIPAD has a numlock key which is initially enabled - indicated by a green glow. In this mode, all the keys work fine including non standard numbers keys like 00 and the Tab and backspace keys. Turning off the numlock button, puts the keypad in what could best be described as navigation mode. This allows you to use some of the keys as cursor keys for moving up down, left and right as well as a delete key. Other functions are also included such as keys for page up & down. These alternate key functions are listed in the included user guide however they are unfortunately not labeled on the keys themselves which adds a small learning curve.
    Performance of the keyboard is just as you would expect for a wired connection, the onscreen key response was instant with no perceptible lag and no missed strokes.

    For the money, the PERIPAD offers great value and is a great addition for any Mac user who would benefit from a dedicated number pad. The added bonus of the two included USB ports make this the perfect keypad for MacBook Airs and retina Pros.

    Video review:
    http://youtu.be/haYVJaXf37o
     

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  2. thesun79 macrumors newbie

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    I thank you for the review and I'd like to ask you a question.
    just yesterday I bought another usb keypad, the hamlet xkpadu. it works fine, but the problem is that it's not seen (or partially seen) by the system as a keypad.
    for example, connecting it to a pc, it's not possible to enter ascii codes as I usually do, that is with ALT + a combination of numbers on the keypad (es: ALT+126 for the tilde). it's just like pressing the numbers on the traditional keyboard, not on the keypad.
    the same on my macbook pro: if I press enter on the usb keypad (it should work as 'return', not as 'enter'), it's like pressing enter on the standard keyboard.
    it's very annoying for me, because I bought the keypad to use it with pro tools, and it makes differences between a key pressed on the keyboard or the keypad.
    I tried to use 'keyremap4macbook' forcing the fn lock, and it works quite well, but it's a trick, not a solution.

    would you be so kind to make a test using the peripad?
    could you just go in (I hope it is the correct translation from italian) system preferences -> language and text -> input sources, open the 'keyboard and characters viewer' and try, press enter on the peripad and tell me what you see?
    this is what I see: http://s30.postimg.org/uabvvel0h/keyboard.png
    and this is instead what I SHOULD see: http://s11.postimg.org/v38lrvwo3/keyboard_correct.png

    thank you very very much.
     
  3. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'll try and get a chance to test this out tonight - otherwise will need to wait until the weekend.
     
  4. thesun79 macrumors newbie

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    if you could answer today, you'd do a huge favour to me, so I could eventually return it to the store :)
    thank you!
     
  5. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

    Donka

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    I tried this out today but no success in seeing the screen you are referring too. This is all I can see under Input Sources with my BT keyboard, trackpad and Perixx Keypad attached.
     

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  6. thesun79 macrumors newbie

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    ok, I found it on google, it's a bit different between snow leopard and mavericks :)
    on system prefences -> keyboard you should see a box: 'show keyboard and characters viewer in the menu bar'. clicking on that, an icon should appear in the upper-right corner of the screen, and you should be able to open the keyboard viewer.

    thank you again.
     

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  7. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Okay, looks like this does as you want. As soon as you hit a key on the Perixx keypad, the onscreen keyboard viewer changes to a full sized keyboard but the enter key on the number pad section is the one that is highlighted....
     
  8. thesun79 macrumors newbie

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    thank you!
    well, it seems I have to return the xkpadu to the store and buy a perixx.
    you have a free beer if you come to rome sooner or later :D
     
  9. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You're welcome. Hopefully that has helped you out. Not been to Rome for a couple of years but it is a beautiful city.
    Hope the Perixx works out for you. :)
     

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