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Das Keyboard Model S Professional Soft Tactile Mechanical Keyboard
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- German-engineered mechanical key switches with gold contacts (Cherry MX brown)
- Laser-etched key cap inscriptions to prevent fading
- Full n-key rollover with a PS2 adapter, and 6 keys with USB
- Enhanced 104-key layout with two Windows keys
- Glossy black upper enclosure and matching black USB cable - Darth Vader approved.
- Compatible with PS/2 and USB KVM switches
- Blue LEDs for Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock.
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I'm a heavy Starcraft 2 and League of Legends player, and the entire line of DAS Keyboards are absolutely perfect. They're a smaller form factor when compared to gaming keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow and the Logitech G15, they perform consistently, and they look great. What more could you ask for?
- Typing on this keyboard feels fantastic. I despise mushy feeling keyboards and this clicky feeling keyboard is SOOOO much better. For me, and I know this is a personal matter, getting rid of the mush in my keys was alone worth the purchase price of the keyboard. I'll be using this keyboard heavily at work, so this is not a luxury item, for me this is a work tool.
- Not too loud. It is louder than Old Mushy, yes, but I like that, and no nearby co-workers have complained about it. I will say having "Silent" in the product name is misleading, as the keyboard is not silent by any reasonable definition of the word
- The keyboard does fingerprint easily, as noted by others, but this doesn't bother me
- USB ports are on the right-hand side. I can see this being an issue for some people, as most are right-handed and your mouse and mouse pad are right there where cables would be sticking out and MAYBE interfering with mouse movements. I don't use those ports, so this is a non-issue for me
I have made myself a note to come back in early November and update this review after using the keyboard for 3+ months.
I've been mostly using the keyboard for gaming, so it's the WASD keys that are showing the most wear. Rather than charge for replacement WASD key caps without lettering, Das Keyboard should just include them for free since they must know it's still a problem. I think Filco sells a keyboard with the lettering on the front of the keys, so this might be a good solution.
Other than this issue, the keyboard appears to be well built and solid. I think the brown switches are a good choice for both gaming and general typing. I turned off the Windows key by editing the registry since I sometimes hit it by accident and I never use it.
UPDATE (July 16, 2012)
I purchased the Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 keyboard. This is the one with the key cap lettering on the front of the keys, so the tops are blank. To me, it's the best of both worlds. The key cap lettering will never fade, yet I can still identify those keys I don't often use. I like the build quality of the Filco a little better than the Das Keyboard, although it does cost a little more. And the Filco has a matte finish. I didn't like the piano black finish of the Das Keyboard. The Filco also uses Cherry Brown switches. The only thing missing from the Filco are the USB ports, but I never used them anyway. One nice touch is that Filco includes a form-fitting keyboard cover to keep out dust and a key cap puller. Check it out as an alternative.
Das Keyboard is nice and heavy so it will not slide around on you and the extra USB ports on the side are pretty nice to have. I also like how arms on the back don't raise the keyboard really high up. I found that a lot of keyboards would do this and be bad on your wrists. I can definitely tell an increase in typing proficiency. If you are contemplating this keyboard get it, you'll love it I promise.
They are also great for gaming too...
First I replaced my work keyboard (pretty much a plastic plank with raised letters) with this and liked it so much I've now replaced my home keyboard. The keys have excellent travel and sensitivity and it's really just a joy to use. They key presses register far earlier than when the keys bottom out which relieves stress on the fingers if you can type that way. The "silent" keyboard is probably about as loud as one of those cheap keyboards which is important in an office. I was tempted to get the clicky style but knew it might drive my neighbors (and myself) a bit crazy. It's even the first time I've used a USB hub in a keyboard and that also works well. It even has a nice solid heavy feel to it. Not original IBM PC heavy or solid but far better than anything that comes with PCs today.
The only design and performance nit pick I could have with it is that I'd be nice if the front part of the keyboard wasn't so high.
I could wish that quality items were less expensive. But anyone that looks at it and uses it will immediately recognize it's in a totally different class than any bundled or inexpensive keyboard.
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Excellent product , totally recommend to everyone looking for a finest productPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
High quality, nice to type on, and quite durable in the face of abuse from toddlers.Published 5 months ago by Valerian
Since buying this keyboard, my typing proficiency and general speed has improved greatly. Its clicky enough that you always know when you've typed a character, but not so noisy... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by jakebg313
Great keyboard. Only gripe is that they put the USB port on the right hand side. Considering most people use a mouse, and most people are right handed, I would count that as a... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Scott Orr
I never knew how different mechanical keyboards felt until I bought this on a recommendation. I now know that there are many different brands with their own pros/cons so I'll try... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Eric Munson
I really enjoyed using this keyboard for 35 days; then the C-Key started flaking out. One press would send 2 C's sometimes, none others. Really hard to copy-paste without a C. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Todd G
The keyboard is pricey, but as someone who types most of the day, a well-made keyboard is essential. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Steven B. Weiner
. . . also probably the most expensive. I must admit, at $130 this is way more than I thought I would ever pay for a keyboard, but it's worth it. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by kdscomp
This is a first quality product - touch is excellent, no flopping around on my desk. I'll be buying more of these as the budget permits.Published on August 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer