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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.



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalIain 2013-02-05 10:49
On paper, Blue switches don't make sense for anything other than typing, but having tried all the various switches, I absolutely love Blues for work and All type of gaming (mostly FPS at the moment). I've got a Razer Blackwidow right now and while its the est keyboard I own ( and I have a few mechanicals), te piano finish is a nightmare for messing up and fine scratches.

My major issue with the Das is the lack of lighting. I tried a week with a Majitouch and hated the lack of backlit keys. If you're in any doubt, get one of the many lit mechanical boards out there.
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# RE: RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalKarl 2013-04-15 17:34
No offense, but if you learn where your keys are you won't need them backlit--or even labeled. For gaming, especially, it pays to know exactly where your keys are. Some companies are even selling "blank" keyboards--though I think this is a bit silly, with the only possible benefit that hunt-and-peck types won't ask to use your computer :)
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# RE: Das Keyboard Model S Professionalkzinti1 2013-02-17 20:28
Just wondering. Why only a measly one-year warranty on high-end boards like the Das and my own Deck-Frost Tactile?
If these high-end, high-priced keyboards are so great (yes, including my own) then why such a short term warranty?
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# RE: RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalOlin Coles 2013-02-17 20:40
The short answer is money. The long answer is that they can offer an industry-standard warranty length without raising alarm with consumers, but when something goes wrong after that period they can (hope) to re-capture your business with a second purchase.
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# RE: RE: RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalAustin Downing 2013-02-18 04:02
This is the unfortunate truth. I have yet to have a mechanical keyboard I have reviewed on here fail but it would be nice to see longer warranties. The upcoming review of the Cooler Master Quickfire TK does have a 2 year warranty on it though.
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# Keyboard requestJason Ganz 2013-02-18 08:01
Could you review one of the Topre Keyboards? They're a bit on the $$ side, but from what I've read, a joy to type on due to hybrid key-mechanisms.

Thanks

Jason
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# RealForcejohndoe 2013-02-18 22:06
I own a RF 87U TenKeyless all 45g and it's the best keyboard I've ever had my hands on.

It's very clicky, the acquisation force is very soft and it's even more of a joy to CS: GO on than to type. The only thing with it it the #tiness of the ABS spacebar, which makes you feel like you're hitting the spacebar from a different keyboard.

This spacebar is so #ing # it makes Painkiller MP even harder to play as you always have to spacebar to bunnyhop and the entire gameplay is built on bunnyhopping...
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# Nice but...Jeff DeWitt 2013-02-17 21:00
I've got a 25 year old IBM Model M keyboard at work. It looks and works like new with it's solid mechanical switches, removable and cleanable key caps and characters molded into the key caps.

The only things that date it are the lack of a Windows key and it's PS2 (adapters are available).

I've no doubt the Das Keyboard is a very nice keyboard, and it may be just the thing for gamers wanting a top notch keyboard, but I'll stick with my Model M.
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# RE: Nice but...David Ramsey 2013-02-17 21:04
That's my day to day keyboard, and a couple of spares in the garage in the unlikely case something ever happens to it...
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# Model MJeff DeWitt 2013-02-17 21:08
I expect 50 years from now people are still going to be using those keyboards. This was one IBM got right.
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