|Das Keyboard Model S Professional|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Wednesday, 26 December 2012|
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Closer Look: Das Keyboard Professional
With black body and black keys the Das Keyboard Professional look great in any environment and will be able to perform well in a multitude of areas including, a business environment, a home office, or even a gamers den.
The Das Keyboard Professional is a full sized keyboard with a 10 key number pad attached. The keys used on the Das Keyboard Professional are laser etched which will help provide better longevity than pad printed letter could provide. Also visible are media and sleep keys on the Das Keyboard Professional, these are attached to the F1-F12 keys when combined with the function key on the left side of the keyboard. The case is a shiny plastic exterior, which in my experience tended build up dirt and fingerprints and was prone to scratching but when it is clean is absolutely fantastic looking.
On the bottom of the Das Keyboard are the 1/2" risers which allow a user to change the angle at which the Das Keyboard sits on their desk. When laid out flat the large rubber pads on the bottom of the Das Keyboard help keep it from sliding around a user's desk as they type or game.
From the right you can see the USB hub that attaches through a second USB cable, this is great for users who would need to frequently attached devices to their system. Secondly, the curvature of the Das Keyboard Professional is visible; this small change makes a world of difference when it comes to comfort and a user's ability to touch type.
The Das Keyboard Professional comes with two USB cables, one for the USB hub and one for the actual keyboard portion of the Das Keyboard. If a user would like to have full NKRO functionality they must use the included USB -> PS/2 converter. The cables have a nice heavy feel but lack the quick disconnected functionality of some keyboards nor do they have a braided exterior like some competitors.
The Das Keyboard Professional utilizes the Cherry MX Blue switches. These switches are of the tactile and clicky variety, with a bump and click that signifies the switch has actuated. Due to the nature of these switches they are not ideal for gaming. The Cherry MX Blue switches also have a slightly heavier feel to them requiring 60g of force at peak and 50g of force at the point of actuation. In my ranking of switches the Cherry MX Blue is my preferred switch as a typist because the noise and tactile feedback allow me to touch type effectively at very high speeds.