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Das Keyboard Division Zero X40 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Mar 11, 2016 5:45 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Das Keyboard

Inside the X40

 

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As usual, we start by removing a few of the key caps to see what sort of switches are under them. There the body of the switch is marked DZERO; they contain yellow tactile switches with Cherry MX style studs. Each switch has an individual LED, and we can see that the clips for the torsion bars are external in this design.

 

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The key caps have the legends burned with a laser to give a bit of feel and depth to them, but these are still single shot caps. First they are molded in an opaque white, and then the caps are painted black. Be careful when removing the larger caps as well, you do have to contend with the tiny clips on the board as well as those holding the bar underneath of the caps.

 

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The top plate comes off of the keyboard by removing eight large screws you have seen in most of the previous images. Once that is done, there are a few screws running through the steel plate that need to be removed to expose the bottom half of the frame. You can also see the PCB at the top right of the base, which shows the USB 2.0 and audio pass-through ports connected to it.

 

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We mentioned that the steel plate that holds all of the switches has been painted red and is easy to see on either side of the PCB and through a few mounting holes. As to the PCB, we found no massive amounts of flux residue, just a hint here and there, showing that they do take the time to make sure the job is done right.

 

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We did find the MCU in charge of talking to the POC, storing the settings, and allowing for the Macros to be programmed on-the-fly. The sad thing about it, though, is that it has been black-topped, so none of the maker's marks are visible to identify it.

 

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We finally got to unbox the red Stryker top plate, as well as the silver Devastator version. The Devastator is slightly wider and has the logo and bump in the middle of the top edge. As you can see, the pattern painted onto them also changes between versions as well.

 

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Just by removing the eight black screws through the top plate, you can easily swap out the silver Stryker plate that comes with the X40 for this silver Devastator. One major advantage of the plate being wider in this version is that it makes for large handles to either side to help move or carry the keyboard by.

 

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Our favorite out of what we were sent is this red Stryker top plate, though. It fits the keyboard better than silver, as it matches the steel plate pain job, and after we power it, the LEDs will match as well. Of course with five total options to choose from, your opinion may differ.

 

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All that was left to do was to connect the X40 to a PC. Here we have the LEDs at their brightest setting, and the lighting is easy to see. We also enabled all of the locks and the tiny LEDs at the top right corner are still very easy to see against the rest of the red there.

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