Das Keyboard launches 'Quiet' mechanical keyboard for office use

By on May 16, 2013, 9:31 AM
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Das Keyboard, one of the most popular mechanical keyboard manufacturers, has announced a new model that eliminates the iconic audible feedback they are most known for. The Model S Professional Quiet utilizes Cherry MX Red switches to produce near-silent operation suitable for office environments and the like.

The Model S Professional before it shipped with your choice of Cherry MX Blue (audible click, firm resistance) or Cherry MX Brown (not quite as noisy, soft resistance) switches. The Cherry MX Red switches, which have been around since 2008, are said to be more linear and not produce much racket.

One of the drawbacks of the Cherry MX Red switches from Das is the fact that they have not yet built blank keycaps for these switches. At present, only the Cherry MX Blue and Cherry MX Brown switches are available with blank keycaps. Hopefully Das will bring this feature to the new switches in the near future.

Aside from the key changes, everything else is virtually identical to the previous model. The Quiet includes a PS/2 adapter that allows for full N-key rollover (limited to six-key rollover when using USB). There are also dedicated media controls and an integrated USB 2.0 hub built into the board.

The Model S Professional Quiet is a bit more expensive than previous versions as well. While the Model S Professional and the Model S Ultimate both retail for $139, the near-silent update will set you back an extra $10 when ordered directly from Das.

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slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The Cherry MX Red switches are said to provide a similar tactical feel without the racket.

Um no, Reds are linear and have no tactile feel and is in no way similar to Blues or Browns.

Also not sure why it would cost more, just the "quiet office" marketing I guess.

Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

Without the racket huh? But but but...that sound is the only reason I buy mechanical keyboards ._.

umbala said:

What will they think of next? A suckless vacuum cleaner? Or maybe an alarm clock with a silent alarm.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

149 bucks for a simple office keyboard eh? What pen pusher is too good to use a rubber dome keyboard?

Guest said:

Next we'll hear das making mice with no buttons on them.... oh wait...

lipe123 said:

Next we'll hear das making mice with no buttons on them.... oh wait...

Apple already has that trademark =P

Also lmao at the suckless vacuum cleaners! Good on you umbala for making my morning brighter.

2 people like this | MilwaukeeMike said:

This is a solution in search of a problem. I work in an office and of all the noises I hear all day, keyboard clatter is probably the easiest to ignore.

JC713 JC713 said:

DAS keyboards seem nice. But this (quite version) seems like it ruins the classic clicky mechanical we all know and love.


Always wanted one of these. I love the regular keyboards, but when I'm trying to be quiet, it gets annoying when there's nothing else to drown the sound out lol.

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