Reviews and Problems with Das Keyboard Professional
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Das Keyboard Professional Model S Mechanical Keyboard
15 February 2014
Conclusion: Been using the Professional Model S mechanical keyboard continuously for almost 7 days now and it really is nothing like we've ever used. As expected since mechanical keyboards have been hitting the market for the past 5 years or so it comes really close to some other mechanical keyboards we've used in the past by manufacturers like SteelSeries and TteSports but it's quite honestly better when it comes to typing mainly because it almost feels you're using a typewriter...
Review: Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is a solid mechanical-switch keyboard
4 December 2012
Conclusion: The Model S Professional For Mac represents a good Mac-specific start for Das Keyboard. It provides a solid and reassuringly physical mechanical-keyboard experience, and its keyswitch technology and physical design differentiate it from the popular Matias offerings, providing a crisp, clicky sensation. However, I hope the next version of the Model S will offer standard Mac function keys, instead of just media-control keys.
Pros: Tactile, mechanical key feel, Solid, durable construction, No software drivers required, Mac-specific keys and layout, Most key caps can be removed for cleaning, Built-in, independently powered 2-port USB hub
Cons: Some special functions found on Apple keyboards (Dashboard, Mission Control, Eject) require remapping using System Preferences
Conclusion: The Das Keyboard Professional, is it all that? Yes and no, for my personal preferences I’d have to spend a long of time getting accustomed to using it before I was really comfortable with it to use it everyday. Don’t get me wrong here, I spent a while using it as my main keyboard, but I found my typing speed dropped considerably, but that happens when you’ve been using the same keyboard for years and you go to a new one.
Excerpt: The Das Keyboard Model S Professional has the excellent build quality we expect from the best gaming keyboards . However, it lacks many of the features and customization options of its higher-ranked counterparts.
Pros: This keyboard has a beautiful design and durable construction.
Cons: You'll find few gaming-centric features here.
Conclusion: Apple owners looking for an outstanding typing experience need search no further than the Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac—provided they don’t mind its wildly divergent appearance.
Pros: Provides excellent tactile, aural feedback. Includes built-in USB hub. Requires no additional drivers.
Excerpt: The DAS Keyboard was graciously sent to me to review over the past several weeks and I must say, it is a flashback to the old keyboards we all once used. DAS Keyboard sells 3 models of their signature super-clicky keyboards: Original Professional, Model S Professional, and Model S Ultimate.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a well made and good solid keyboard that provides both tactile and audible feedback then you might want to seriously consider the Das Keyboard Professional S. Yes it’s pretty much the same at the original Das Keyboard but the addition of the multi-media keys really do add value and enhance the usability of it overall.
Pros: Addition of multi-media keys adds functionality and usability, Nicely made, Long cable
Cons: Glossy finish picks up dust and fingerprints easily, Angle is a little too low for me personally, Requires two USB ports
Conclusion: Performance in a keyboard is about being able to type quickly and accurately. The Das Keyboard Professional succeeds on both fronts providing a wonderful platform to type on comfortably while having as few mistakes as possible with haptic and auditory feedback from its Cherry MX Blue switches. When the Das Keyboard Professional is clean it is absolutely gorgeous but due to the glossy exterior of its case keeping it clean can be a real chore.
Pros: Haptic and auditory feedback can help increase a users typing speed, Full NKRO with included PS/2 adapter, Built in media keys, When clean it is beautiful
Cons: One-year warranty, Loud key actuation, Case prone to fingerprints and collecting dust, No software for customization
Summary: The question, then, is whether the Das Keyboard Professional is worth the $129 price tag, since you can get a brand new Unicomp buckling spring keyboard for and a vintage Model M for as little as ~$30 on eBay.
Frankly, I'm a little torn. The Das Keyboard has a lot going for it: the looks, the compact footprint, the USB hub, the Windows keys, and the more comfortable action. However, I may well switch back to the Model M once I'm done writing this review.