Neowin: Das Keyboard Professional S review

By on March 5, 2012, 9:34 AM

Computer users in the 1990s may remember the IBM Model M keyboard for varying reasons. The Model M was a mechanical keyboard, providing a highly audible feedback as a result of this. It garnered something of a reputation for this noise it produced, but the Model M (and other mechanical keyboards) fell by the wayside as cheaper capacitive models became more common. Since then, mechanical keyboards have grown into something of a niche for their typewriter-esque sounds. Neowin reviews the Das Keyboard Professional S, the same keyboard that we reviewed back in 2008 and that's remained a favorite of TechSpot's staff since then.

At $129.99, the Das Keyboard is expensive, but comes across almost as a celebration of mechanical keyboards in general. As the name suggests it is very much a professional-grade choice, with four main models being offered: the Professional (full-volume with marked keys), the Silent (reduced-volume with marked keys), the Ultimate (either volume, completely blank keys), and the Mac (exclusively for Apple’s Macs, and a new offering). For this review, we’re taking a look at the Professional model, though the experience should extend across all models.

Much of the Das Keyboard’s appeal lies in its claim to be ‘The Mechanical Keyboard that Clicks’. It certainly does click, and it has clicked with me. While it is marketed as being a loud keyboard, it is loud without being intrusive, and it would only be in a populated office that you might experience any opposition to the noise it makes.

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Raswan Raswan said:

Picked one of these bad boys up for myself last fall, and while it was a little louder than I expected at first it is certainly growing on me.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Clickety clack... love my Das.

Guest said:

I've been using the Ultimate Model S Silent for about six months. Das will give students a 15-20% discount (I don't recall the exact amount) so make sure to contact them before you buy.

Ghost410 said:

For me it's not the noise it makes which is not much. It's the tactile feel. I got mine first but wife had to have one soon after. She's does a lot of school work on it and wouldn't have anything else.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Looks nice, $130 pretty decent price as well. Iv already bought few months back my G110 and Naga so no monies for new peripherals only PC hardware, but il keep an eye out for DAS. Great article

doradhorror said:

DAS is garbage. The gloss and LED is annoying in quality in general is terrible. If you're going to spend +$100 on a keyboard, spend a little more for a Filco keyboard.

Also, Model M uses buckling springs not cherry keys.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Julio said:

Clickety clack... love my Das.

Mushity Mush... I love my Goldtouch. ;-)

negroplasty negroplasty said:

I love my unmarked model S silent, best keyboard I have ever typed on to date.

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