Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The features found in the Das Keyboard Model S Professional are pretty much within the keys themselves. There is of course the solid plastic outer shell and the PCB with a steel plate to give this keyboard its weight and strength. And there is also a high-speed USB 2.0 hub on the dies with two ports for additional connectivity without the need to reach for the computer case.
The real bread and butter of what will sell this keyboard though is the switches included inside of the Model S Professional and that is the choice to use Cherry MX Blue switches for this mechanical keyboard. This is what I believe makes this a true "typists" keyboard; rather than most mechanical keyboards that depend on lights and flashy bits of aluminum to appeal to the gaming market. This is a keyboard that is built to get the job done and take no prisoners, including your wrists and fingers.
These keys are what Das Keyboard thinks are what will make users hop in their way back machine remembering the feel of the legendary IBM Model M keyboard. That's right I just took you back to a keyboard that was released in the mid-80s and are still clicking away today in most instances. With the Model S Professional's use of these MX blue switches you not only get the tactile feel that drives most people to look to a mechanical keyboard in the first place, but they also have a satisfying audible click in the stroke so that you can feel and hear each and every stroke on the keyboard. These keys along with some built in software give you full N-Key Rollover, six simultaneous keys and a 15ms polling rate to be able to keep up with even the most demanding typists, like those found in videos at Das Keyboard competitions. Along with the 104-key layout, there are LED notifications for the "locks", the piano black finish and their name painted on the keyboard, no thrill, no frills, just business.
Doing a bit of quick shopping to see about the availability of these keyboards we found it's actually quite expensive. Via Google I found almost sixty hits of listing for the Model S Professional keyboard. As for the pricing, well you can go direct to Das Keyboard and pay $129.00 with free ground shipping. If you want to shop around for e-tailers there is a bit of money to be saved. Not including e-bay or non-rated hits, I can see that pricing starts at $109.99 and goes up into the $180 range.
I know you are already saying something like the Corsair cost that and has more to offers. To retort I will just ask this; does it? It really depends on your needs and for me, who is more a typist than a gamer, this Das Keyboard is right up my alley and since I opened it, it hasn't left my desk. I can't say the same for any of the others; they just got one-upped by this.