I have really mixed emotions at this point about the Das Keyboard Model S Professional keyboard. I love the simplicity, the sleek aesthetics, the use of Cherry MX Blue switches and the additional USB hub on the side.
What bothers me is that in order to bring this review to my readers, I also agreed to send this keyboard back to Das Keyboard and it was almost like two or three weeks of the biggest tease of my life. In all honesty, if given half a chance, this keyboard would never leave my desk. Just like all the rest of you I am a fan of additional goodies, more specifically I prefer a backlit keyboard, but the feel and usage I had with this Das Keyboard has opened my eyes to what a mechanical keyboard is fundamentally all about. Without all the pomp and circumstance of fancy add-ons, I got to see what a typist's keyboard is all about. With the amount of typing I do, anything else I have currently is going to feel like mud.
While I may be driving my lady crazy over the past few weeks while writing a barrage of reviews this month, I have really grown to love the audible click this keyboard offers. I have had the pleasure of tinkering on some of the older IBM mechanical keyboards, but I never owned one or used one long term. With my time using this keyboard, I think my typing has gotten not only faster, but I find myself typing more correctly as well. I think the audible cue has a lot to do with that, as it sort of stops you in your tracks is the click isn't there, or you think you may have heard too many at once. It truly is hard to see this keyboard go.
When we get down to bang for the buck against the other mechanical offerings I have reviewed, well the Das Keyboard is in a different league. The others are fine for gaming, have their special software add-ons, cool lights and may use different materials. For what I do, which is to sit and type away, sometimes four and up to six or eight hours a day doing these reviews and the Das Keyboard is the one I will recommend for any purist.
This keyboard had its fair share of gaming in a few new titles and I can't say that this keyboard won't perform; it just isn't geared that way. For the $109.99 to $129 price point I have to tell you, this is bar none the best keyboard I have used to date. If you live with someone who can't take the constant clicking this mechanical keyboard offers, I would suggest buying a set of those reusable ear plugs for them. I assure you, once you get used to the Model S Professional from Das Keyboard, you won't really care what they have to say about it, you will be too busy in typing bliss to even hear them bring it up.
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