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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Das Keyboard Model S Professional
Closer Look: Das Keyboard Professional
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Testing peripherals like the Das Keyboard Professional are quite simply a matter of using them in the real world for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the product they are no standardized test that can be done but rather it is a matter of personal opinion from the time spent using the product. In order to analyze the qualities of the Das Keyboard Professional I focused on looking at the many different realms of work and play that the Das Keyboard Professional is expected to be subjected to. This means looking at both its qualities as a gaming keyboard, but more importantly its qualities as a method of input for work and school related projects.

Test System

  • Motherboard: MSI P67-GD65
  • System Memory: G.Skill Ares 1866MHz 2 x 8GB kit
  • Processor: Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz @ 4.7GHz
  • Audio: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
  • Video: 2 x ASUS GTX 580
  • Disk Drive 1: 240GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
  • Optical Drive: DVD Drive
  • Enclosure: Silverstone Raven RV02-EW
  • PSU: Cooler Master SilentPro 1000w
  • Monitor: Asus 27.5" 1920 x 1200
  • Operating System: Windows 8 x64 Profesional

Software Tested

  • Planetside 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Office work

Results

Planetside 2 is my current game of choice and the Das Keyboard Professional fit the bill of what was needed to quickly vanquish my enemies. The quick response and tactile feedback allows me to quickly bounce between keys as needed and helps me guarantee that button I need to press has actuated. While moving between buildings to assault a base the accurate response of the Das Keyboard Professional allows me to quickly bob between obstacles while attempting to avoid enemy fire. A negative of the Cherry MX Blue switches used is that the tactile feedback can prevent a user from quickly double tapping due to the way the spring system works.

In Far Cry 3 you play Jason Brody rich playboy who has been captured by pirates on a small island. The primary objective is to save your friends from the various perils and people around the island. Playing Far Cry 3 requires accuracy and quick reaction as the jungle is constantly trying to kill you, whether it is from pirates, tigers, bears, snakes, or even just a cliff you didn't see until the last moment. The Das Keyboard Professional works perfect in this environment allowing me to react quickly enough to survive even the direst of situations.

The most important function of a keyboard is the ability to quickly and accurately type in a work environment, as such this is where a majority of my review will focus its energy. The Cherry MX Blue switches are so far my favorite style of mechanical switch to type on. The auditory feedback and tactile kick the switch gives makes typing an absolute joy and really helps accelerate my touch typing. Some people may not like the heavier feeing the Cherry MX Blue has but as someone who types extremely hard I find that it is comfortable and it helps me not bottom my keys out which allows for both a quieter and quicker typing experience.



 

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