Pros: Behold, for on the second day after it was so ordered, was Das keyboard delivered unto me. Verily was it a work of art and so too did it weigh almost as much as a slab of stone.
It was brought down from the heights of the front door to the basement and initialized with the masses of computer parts. Basement cat approved.
Immediately did the typing speed of old return. Code flew from my fingers. Games were created. Enemies slain BFG style. A savior had been found....
Cons: Still louder than modern keyboards.
Overall Review: If you ever used an original keyboard from the 1980's, you will love this.
Pros: Good build quality
Nice heavy keyboard
Fun to type on
Bad reviews (see my other thoughts)
Overall Review: I came from a series of other membrane based keyboards and I wanted a legendary Daskeyboard. I ordered one and while there are a lot of positive reviews the few that I saw that were negative seem to stem from the manufacturing switch/new version of the Daskeyboard.
In my opinion I've noticed nothing bad about this keyboard. It is used heavily in my office job and quite frankly it makes typing fun. I haven't noticed any quality issues and while I've not had it for long, the difference between this keyboard and a membrane one is night and day.
Maybe the other reviewers have points that are true, but they all seemed to either be coming from another mechanical keyboard or the older version of this one. Maybe there is some element of truth to it -- but if you're coming from a membrane keyboard: this keyboard rocks. Plain and simple.
I daresay it will easily beat the "best" membrane keyboard out there at anything. So if your last keyboard was a membrane style, rest assured even the "lower quality" of these new Daskeyboard versions still blow the best membrane keyboards have to offer right out of the water.
Pros: Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Switches. Keys are labeled. Ivory smooth feel on the fingertips. Makes you want to type something.
Cons: USB to PS2 included adapter must be used for the n-key rollover capability.
Overall Review: Would like to have had one of the usb plugs factory crimped ps2 end instead of using an adapter for the n-key rollover feature.
Pros: - click tactile feel
-curved keys to help your fingers find the center based on touch
- very well made
- 2 USB 2.0 ports on the right side
- nice and long (2 m) USB cable
Cons: Not cheap
Overall Review: I used to work in technology. I am now a college professor. In both jobs, I did my fair share of computer work. I have owned almost every processor architecture sine the very first IBM PC. I always loved the original IBM keyboard, and I found that my typing has become far less accurate over the years -- in part, due to age -- but also due to the cheap membrane keyboards that I have had no choice but to use for the past 20 years. I have been using a Microsoft Elite since the 90s (wore 3 out since then), but when I came across this keyboard a few months back, it peaked my interest. I just purchased on when I bought the parts for my new rig. Wow -- this is really nice. It has an awesome feel, the keys are perfectly placed, and the unit has a very substantial feel to the materials used and the build quality. I have been using it now for about a week, and I like it the more I use it. In fact, I feel a little foolish having not gotten one sooner. It's not cheap, but it's definitely worth it -- IMHO. If you take your typing seriously, or if you simply spend a lot of time behind a computer screen, you owe it to yourself to give this a good hard look. I doubt that I will be buying a new keyboard ever again.
Pros: I have the MX Cherry Blue switch keyboard made before the change in manufacturer and the addition of the function keys. This soft touch model was purchased in order to have a quieter keyboard for working in an open office environment and while people were busy on the phones. Very impressed with the typing dynamics, the speed that I'm capable of while using this 'board, and also its lack of loud noise.
For my own purposes, I love the click sound of the Blue switches, but the Browns give up very little in terms of dynamics, while remaining friendly to coworkers.
For the purpose I'm using this 'board, which is to type, not game, I have found no real drawbacks thus far. It's fast, quiet, and just makes me happy when I'm typing. Good stuff
Cons: I suppose that I would have preferred the function key be somewhere else, because it makes for smaller Windows, ctrl, and alt keys, but I'm not really bothered by it enough to ding the manufacturer. I have yet to see any hint that there's a manufacturing defect, or any drop off of quality from the previous model. So, long story short, no cons.
Overall Review: You can see from this fairly lengthy review that I'm typing on the keyboard in question, and don't really want to stop. I've been busily thinking up reasons to type more since I hooked the darned thing up. While it may not *quite* be as magical as the keyboard that features the MX Cherry Blue switches, it's pretty darned close, and it's possible that people coming from the membrane keyboards will like the sound and feel even better. Get one, or get both, if you're a really typing snob.
Pros: Top-quality craftsmanship
Useful USB hub
Cons: The left ALT key is a little oddly placed in tandem with the function key that has been added to the newer keyboards.
Overall Review: Something in the way she moves... extremely high-quality keyboard. It feels very elegant, like a balanced martial arts weapon. The key faces are sculpted to fit your fingers, and the speed/action/dynamics of the keystroke is just phenomenal. It took me several hours to get used to the key action after having used a previous budget Logitech board for a year, but I'm already starting to feel the great speed and clarity of typing that the DAS allows. This is an expensive, luxury item, but the price is worth the level of quality associated with such a piece of equipment. Highly recommended for people who type frequently.
Pros: -Keys are smooth, with no switch click, but still offer good, mild, resistance.
Cons: -No indicator lights for caps lock, num lock, etc.
Overall Review: This is an amazing mechanical keyboard for the price. Its keys are smooth and travel completely with a small amount of pressure. It's comfortable and ultimately functional. No extra frills here either, no gimmicky media keys or useless proprietary software keys, just additional Fn keys like you'd find on a laptop to control volume and media controls. Good rubber feet and a heavy construction make this keyboard stick like glue to your desk, even rough wood.
Pros: Light touch yet firm press with just the right key travel depth.
Heavy weight prevents keyboard sliding around on the desk.
Cons: High Price.
Had to return the first keyboard I received due to malfunctioning number pad. Replacement works fine.
Shiny surface finish will no doubt scratch over time.
Overall Review: I had to return the first keyboard I received due to a sticky number 4 key on the number pad. Today I received my replacement keyboard, and I must say it is one of the finest keyboard that i have ever used in my life time. It is effortless typing on this keyboard yet the solid travel of the keys prevents erroneous presses. I could literally type on this keyboard for hours without the tired fingers I get from a cheaper keyboard. This is the cheaper of the line of Das Keyboard but I selected it because quite frankly, I find myself never using the bells and whistles featured on most keyboards. All I wanted was a solid mechanical keyboard that wouldn't tire my fingers after extended use and that's exactly what I got. Highly recommended.