Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard
Looking from the left side of the keyboard, we see that the top plate is larger than the base frame, and it will make this much easier to grip and move. We can also see that while the keyboard is flat on the table, the key caps are definitely leaning away from the user.
The seventy-four key layout is given to us with a U.S. layout, and with a new font used on the keys for easier readability. Pretty standard stuff here, aside from the fact both of the Windows keys have Das Keyboard logos on them.
The caps are cylindrical in shape, and are textured to offer finger tips a bit of grip and resistance with each key press. The legends are not painted, they are laser etched, and there are home key bumps on both the "F" and the "J" keys.
Off to the right, we are given the other thirty keys for commands, and the number pad. A few of the keys on the number pad do double duty, but these keys are easy to read, and with the brightness of the legends against the black, they will be easy to find even in low light.
As a little extra bonus, we also get multimedia keys offering play or pause, and reversing or forwarding. Above those keys there is a mute button, and a large dial to easily adjust the sound. Lastly, to the left of the lock LEDs, there is an instant sleep button easily within range.
As we look at the right edge of the keyboard, with the footbar now installed, we find the keys are elevated enough at the back to have all the caps slightly leaning forward now. This makes the keyboard easier to use.
As we start to move around to the back of the keyboard, we run right into the dual USB 3.0 ports. Of course, this is all reverse compatible, but having USB 3.0 for a thumb drive right at the keyboard will be very handy to have.