I miss those old keyboards with no windows key. I truly despise the windows key nonsense. why the hell is it there.Meh, I've tried all of the keyboards at Canada Computers and none of them were as good as the old IBM Model M keyboard. When I found out that Unicomp was now making them after buying up all of the old patents, I immediately bought one of their Classic 101-key keyboards. When I got the thing, I was excited as hell because I hadn't touched one of these babies in over 20 years. I tell ya, it was like stepping back in time when I first tried typing with it and my typing speed increased by 4wpm over the Logitech that I was using. Sure it was $200CAD with shipping but these keyboards feel incredible and their life spans aren't measured in years, but DECADES. These things are SOLID with steel frames and incredible tactile response due to their mechanical buckling spring design. All mechanical keyboards made since are just attempts at re-creating this legendary input device. Anyone who has used it knows what I'm talking about and everyone who tries it for the first time says that it feels like it's magic:
Back in the early 90s, my dad used to say, "Companies like Acer, Dell, HP, Everex, and Compaq managed to make their actual computers as good as IBM but the one thing that they could never duplicate was the keyboard." and boy, was he ever right! Now that Unicomp has all of the old patents and makes them in the original plants, the legend is back and while it's not the least bit flashy-looking, there has NEVER been a better wired keyboard made since. Of course, I do have a soft spot for the 84-key IBM Model F that came with my IBM PC:
Its click was so pronounced that you cold hear it over the sound of our Panasonic KX-P1091 printer and man, that thing was LOUD!:
Is it weird that I still remember the model number of a printer my dad bought before I was 9 years old? I imagine it probably is but I was a little techie even back then.
Clearly that's not been our experience. I have owned a few Das keyboards over the years and know several people (staffers and not) who do really well long term with them. Hence our recommendation.I have owned the Das keyboard 4 and out of all they keyboards I have had for in the last 30 years, das keyboard 4 has been the absolute worst. In short Das keyboard represents their products as high end at a high end price, in reality Das keyboards are low quality parts at a high end price.
The Apex Pro's 'OmniPoint' mechanical switches and their ability to allow adjustable actuation have been mentioned as a differentiating factor for this keyboard. Discussing the magnetic hall effect seems better suited to a detailed technical review of the hardware (which this feature isn't).It seems that in your description of Steel Series Apex Pro you left out the whole point of the keyboard (and much of the expense) by omitting to mention that the Pro uses magnetic hall effect switches with a life time measured in the millions of strokes...
My only issues are the non-replaceablity of the backlighting's LEDs. A keyboard built to last dozens of years should not have ANY non-replaceable parts. Aand then there is the weirdness of the upside-down keycaps, where the uppercase (shifted) symbol is on the bottom... Touch typists won't notice, but for those of us that sight-type it takes some head-rearranging.