Model S. Professional: Designed for demanding typists
Whether you're looking for speed, precision, comfort or just the pleasing sound of world domination at your fingertips, this is the keyboard for you. Its high performance, mechanical key switch lets you know immediately that you've hit your mark, while the addictive crunch sound it gives you spurs you on to greater heights of genius.
Das Keyboard compares to the legendary IBM Model M. Its best-in-class, mechanical, gold-plated key switches provide a tactile and audio click that makes typing a pure joy.
Wicked-fast response time gives YOU the edge, whether it's gaming, beating a co-worker to the punch with a report or coding that last bit of work for the afternoon. Your fingers (and ears) deserve a keyboard that works with them. After all, what else do you touch for hours each day?
Precision crafted for reliable operation and long life, Das Keyboard is designed to last up to 10 times longer than traditional keyboards. This premium quality product is recyclable which minimizes its environmental impact versus disposable keyboards.
German-engineered Mechanical key switches
High-performance, mechanical, gold-plated key switches help maximize typing speed and accuracy.
USB 2.0 hub
The high-speed USB hub allows you to sync and charge your iPhone, iPod or any USB compatible devices.
Extra-long USB cable
Das Keyboard sports a 2-meter (6.6ft) cable that goes through your desk grommet to keep your workspace neat and tidy.
Model S allows full n-key rollover with a PS2 adapter, and 6 keys with USB. Great for fast typists and gamers alike.
Whether you're looking for speed, precision, comfort or just the pleasing sound of world domination at your fingertips, this is the keyboard for you. Its high performance, mechanical key switch lets you know immediately that you've hit your mark, while the addictive crunch sound it gives you spurs you on to greater heights of genius. Das Keyboard compares to the legendary IBM Model M. Its best-in-class, mechanical, gold-plated key switches provide a tactile and audible click that makes typing a joy. Wicked-fast response time gives YOU the edge, whether it's gaming, beating a co-worker to the punch with a report or coding that last bit of work for the afternoon. Your fingers (and ears) deserve a keyboard that works with them. After all, what else do you touch for hours each day? Precision crafted for reliable operation and long life, Das Keyboard is designed to last up to 10 times longer than traditional keyboards. This premium quality product is recyclable which minimizes its environmental impact versus disposable keyboards.
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When I first heard about mechanical keyboards I couldn't believe that someone would spend $100+ on a keyboard. However, after using the Das Keyboard I can see what all the hype is about.
The keys are very responsive and give you great feedback (both audible and tactile) to let you know that keys have been pressed. That being said, this is not a good choice for somewhere where you might be bothering others. Personally, I love the sound that is made on each keystroke and that is one of the reasons I choose this version (instead of the "quiet" version they make).
The keyboard itself feels very sturdy. It is a solid design with a nice glossy finish. It doesn't feel cheap or plasticy like most of the other keyboards I have used.
I have only had the keyboard for a few weeks now, but I know that it is one that will last me for many years to come.
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First off, this review is for the DAS keyboard model S silent professional. Amazon is unclear as to which model is which. So are all of the reviewers. I'm pretty sure the other one listed by Amazon/JR is actually the "silent" model as it is listed at $6 more, but nobody who reviewed it there noticed this, so I'll just put this review here. I would have ordered from Amazon if this issue were more clear; instead I purchased direct. The Silent has the latest firmware and isn't quite as loud (though it is still plenty loud). It also supposedly has better keys on the silent professional model.
The good: the keyboard is very good. It takes no getting used to; I was immediately much faster than using the standard issue "timex sinclair" chiclet key imac keyboard. It seems sturdy, and I suspect I'll have it a long time. Is it worth it? It certainly is to me. I spend most of my waking hours with my fingers on a keyboard. Me using the junky keyboards that come with modern computers is like an auto mechanic using a Swiss army knife to work on his Ferrari. This is a very good tool for the professional. Despite it being the "silent" model it still has plenty of click. I suspect it wouldn't bother people in the cube next to you, but I work from home. FWIIW, the switches are Cherry browns. The regular louder switches on the "non silent" model are Cherry blues.
The bad: the only bad thing I have to say is that the thing requires two USB ports to use. If they're going to do that to me, the least they could do is give me three USB out ports. Sure, you wouldn't be able to draw full power on all of them. So what? Also, if you use a mouse with your left hand, the placement of the USB ports will annoy you.Read more ›
Let me say this first of all. If you do not like noisy tactile keyboards this one is not for you. If you have used a IBM model M or one of the old Northgate keyboards you will love this keyboard. I have had computers since the old Heath kits and then bought a Northgate computer with the state of the art Intel processor - a 386DX and with the computer came a Northgate Omni keyboard. I loved it. Thats all thats ledt of that old system. Long tossed but kept keyboard.
The Model S Professional is the keyboard I purchased. It is the one with the lettered keys. They make one without lettering so be sure of what you want. I have had it now for a couple of weeks now. It has the feedback that I like. You know when you press a key, you hear the key-press as well as feel the positive feedback. It seems to be very well made. It is not ergonomic as there are no wrist rests. It is not a media keyboard but I do not use those features anyway. I have owned a Logitech Wave and K350 keyboard and a Microsoft media keyboard (6000). I just don't like the feedback from these membrane keyboards.
Oh yes it is a wired keyboard with a two port USB hub located on the side. To get the full benefit of the unlimited n-key rollover you need the old style PS2 port and in addition a USB port so that the USB hub on the keyboard will function.
1) Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate: With no inscriptions on the keys. Nothing at all. Uses Cherry Blue mechanisms.
2) Das Keyboard Model S Professional (this one): Sporting newly redesigned electronics provides full n-key rollover. Uses Cherry Blue mechanisms.
3) Das Keyboard Model S Professional For Mac: Sporting golden-plated mechanical switches and a high speed USB Hub to connect your iPhone and iPad [NEW]. Uses Cherry Blue mechanisms.
4) Das Keyboard Model S Professional Silent: This silent model (read not silent but less clicky) is ideal for people working in an open environment or for workers who need to type while talking on the phone. Uses Cherry Brown mechanisms. IMHO, this is my favorite and not this model.
The 1961 IBM Selectric typewriter was the result of the first serious thought about keyboard ergonomics. The effort showed in every detail of operation. The adjustable but uniform key touch, spherical keycaps, the ability to handle and buffer multiple key presses, and its hallmark tactile feedback contributed to vastly improved typing speeds at any skill level. Every competent typist I knew for the next two decades refused to work with any other typewriter. Alas, in the frenzy to re-invent everything, we've thrown out most everything we learned. And, cheap flat undersized plastic paddles sitting atop flimsy mushy contacts that throw every possible wrench into eye-hand coordination have become the norm as professional typing skills (and High School typing classes) have sadly gone the way of the dodo.Read more ›