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Das Keyboard to demo cloud-based 5Q keyboard at CES 2017

Meet the 5Q, the world's first cloud-connected keyboard that uses custom color-coded RGB lighting to relay specific notifications, alerts and more.

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Published Sat, Dec 31 2016 2:11 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:17 PM CDT

Das Keyboard's new cloud-connected 5Q keyboard will be showcased at CES 2017, allowing attendees a chance to try it out at the event.

The Das Keyboard 5Q was originally funded thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter, which exceeded its goal by some 500%. The 5Q is connected to the internet via QCloud, and relays information via color-coded signals on its RGB backlit keys instead of an LED screen. For example, you can assign a custom profile that makes a specific key turn red whenever you get an email, or as a reminder for a project deadline.

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All of the 5Q's keys can be custom programmed with RGB lighting schemes to allow users to create their own unique visual queues.

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The 5Q is a fully-fledged mechanical keyboard with new Gamma-Zulu mechanical switches made by Omron, which withstand 100 million actuations at 1.5mm actuate speeds and 3.5mm travel distance. The 5Q also features full n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting and RTO, aka Real-Time One analog tech.

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"Das Keyboard 5Q is a cloud-connected, open API RGB mechanical keyboard that allows each key to be color-controlled over the Internet. It is built with ground-breaking electronics that provide superior RGB LED brightness and unsurpassed response time.

Along with the Das Keyboard Q application, the Das Keyboard 5Q makes you more productive by streaming information directly to your keyboard."

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The Das Keyboard 5Q is up for pre-order for $229, and for more info, check out the official product page.

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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