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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

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.



# 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.


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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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