Gloss scratches, typing specific characters difficult!
Ryan R Dlugosz, Amazon
3 January 2013
Summary: I'll start with some context: I'm a professional software developer who has been using various keyboards for twenty years or more. Having a mechanical keyboard is fantastic if you do a lot of typing. In fact, I'm writing on one now (the Matias Quiet Pro for Mac - it's really nice). That said, I returned the Das Model S for two reasons: 1. Typing on a keyboard with blank keycaps is quite easy - but only when you are typing complete words/phrases.
Summary: This is a very well built keyboard but be aware that there is no FN key. I thought you could reprogram your function keys or use an FN key for secondary keys like what is shown on the website, but there is none.
Summary: I had three das keyboards. the first one had a bad backspace. if you click the left side, it easily bottom-outs and creates a large collision noise. if you click the right half, the key feels almost stuck. Replaced that. the second had similar problem with the enter key. the left side works, but the right side had the same feel. and with every 10 or so hits, the key will actually get stuck once or twice. I am using the third. backspace and enter works perfectly.
Summary: As much as I want to like it, it just doesn't compare to the buckling-spring Model M & friends. With its "cherry" switches, this keyboard feels very "crisp", but the keys don't give any of the weighty resistance that's part of the buckling-spring experience. For me, the whole point of reverting to a mechanical keyboard is to make it harder to press keys by accident, so that I can type more haphazardly, and thereby, faster.
Summary: The theory behind this label-less keyboard, that since you don't need to look at the keys to type, you really don't need labels, is fundamentally flawed. In the event that you aren't looking at they keys, it really doesn't matter if they are labeled or not. In the event that you are looking at they keys, you probably want them to be labeled.