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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

Final Thoughts

 

We have a few reviews under our belt at this point, and a couple of weeks' worth of gaming and tinkering around. In this time, and it did take some getting used to, we finally got our speed back up to par with these Alpha-Zulu gaming switches. While we cannot feel the difference from 1.7mm to 2mm actuation travel of the key caps, we feel that the switches are softer like a Cherry MX red switch, but have a defined tactile click when pressing them. The main difference, though, is that when we use Cherry MX reds, we find ourselves pressing buttons we rested our hand off, but with these yellow Alpha-Zulu switches, it was never an issue.

 

 

With both an inner steel plate and the aluminum top plate, this keyboard is solid as a rock, and we felt no vibrations coming through the keys either. Even with the new switches in play, the feel is still that of a professional grade typist's keyboard, just that this solution has a lot more going on with it.

 

We also used this X40 for some time without installing the driver for it, to get a feel for how everything worked on its own. We found that everything works as intended, but you do lose out on the ability to set profiles or any form of remapping the keys. While the software is not nearly as involved as most other gaming keyboard offerings, for the first attempt at such a product, we feel that this Division Zero keyboard offers everything you need to master your game of choice.

 

Then on top of the outright success of a gaming peripheral from a company not exactly known for such products, they raised the bar with the top plate options. This allows anyone to choose what color they like best, what style of top plate you want between the Stryker and Devastator, and while it may lower the strength of the keyboard, we could easily see people 3D printing tops for it as well.

 

All told, we like everything that this Division Zero X40 brought to the table. Sometimes it takes someone who has not been in the game for years to see the next obvious evolution in a product, and we feel that Das Keyboard hit the nail on the head. Joining the market later than most others, they certainly brought their A-game. Delivering a solid mechanical keyboard and bringing forward their own switches. Capable software, and even aesthetic customization, all for $149. Well, almost all of it. The top plates, no matter which version you choose, does cost another $39 to make that change, but even so we feel it is completely worth the investment. In our instance, we took an almost mundane silver and black keyboard and turned it into a bright red work of art.

 

Das Keyboard has delivered in every way with the launch of Division Zero and the X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical keyboard. We cannot wait to see what they do next.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance99%
Quality including Design and Build100%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging99%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating98%

The Bottom Line: The only thing missing is RGB LEDs! The Das Keyboards Division Zero X40 is one hell of a keyboard. It is solid, has a great feel to its DZERO switches, and comes with the option to completely change the aesthetics, all at a very reasonable price point.

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