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Das Keyboard Division Zero X40 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review (Page 1)

Das Keyboard Division Zero X40 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Das Keyboards makes a massive mark on the gaming peripherals market with its new Division Zero X40 Pro mechanical gaming keyboard and DZERO switches.
By Chad Sebring from Mar 11, 2016 @ 11:45 CST
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Das Keyboard

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing




Usually, when the name Das Keyboard comes into a conversation about keyboards, we immediately think of high-end keyboards based on Cherry MX switches, which typically come with everything, including a high-end price. It seems now that the idea has changed a bit for them, as they have created a new lineup of products sporting the moniker Division Zero. What they are no leaning towards filling the huge market gap they left wide open and are now offering gaming peripherals, pads, and other assorted products to bring the name Das Keyboard into the gaming scene.



Today, we are looking at one of two products that Das Keyboard sent over to be reviewed, a keyboard, but not just any keyboard mind you. There is a ton packed into the design. First of all, they have moved away from Cherry MX switches and are now offering up their own brand of DZERO switches. There is also a choice in the new switches. You can opt for the yellow tactile switches, or the olive-drab green linear, both of which are said to offer 1.7mm of actuation travel in each of the red LED backlit switches. This solution still offers Macro switches, Multimedia keys, and a few others that we are used to in a mechanical keyboard, so there is no shortage of features. There are pass-through ports, the switches and connections to the PC are gold plated, but what takes the cake is that these are designed to allow users to change the top panel for others they offer, or you could even print a unique top as well.


There is so much to cover when it comes to this Division Zero X40 gaming mechanical keyboard. We have yet to touch on the fact that anti-ghosting, NKRO, or the fact that these switches use the same stems as Cherry MX switches do, so along with custom top plate options, all resources are open to obtain custom caps as well. If you are going to enter the gaming peripherals market when there are already so many big players hogging most of the money, you better come out guns blazing. To stand any chance of getting a large piece of that pie, it takes something like what they are offering in this Division Zero X40. Where near everything is new about it, and where most other keyboards require vinyl or paint to change the look, Das Keyboard offers a total of five looks that this keyboard can have. We feel this keyboard has enough to make the leap into high-end gaming peripherals, but let us show you why.




The DZERO switches, as that is what it says on the actual switch, are referred to as Alpha-Zulu gaming switches, and deliver a lifespan of sixty million keystrokes. There are five programmable Macro keys found on the left of the sleek anodized top plate, and offers on-the-fly recording of them as well. The X40 supports NKRO with no option to change that about it and offers anti-ghosting except for the arrow keys. There is a Gaming Mode control, which is essentially a Windows lock-out key, there is red LED backlighting in four intensities, and even delivers a single USB 2.0 pass-through port at the back right corner.


There are multimedia keys as double duty to some of the F-keys along the top of the X40, as we would expect. The chart then moves to the two meters of braided cable that hangs from the back of the keyboard. The key caps are painted but are shown to be laser-marked. The aluminum top panel is interchangeable, and below it, we find that the steel plate is painted red. In this review, we will be looking at the 104-key version of this design, but there is a 105-key layout for European markets as well. The last bit mentioned here is that there are flip-out feet in the back corners to allow for angle adjustment of the keyboard.


The far right section offers us more information. Here it tells us of the gold plated mini jacks for a Mic or headset, found by the USB pass-through port. It states that this keyboard is firmware updateable, but at this point, there is only a driver download available. The X40 is made to work with Windows, Linux, Chrome, or iOS operating systems as well. It hen denotes the 19.3" of length, the 6.81" width, and that it stands 1.22" tall with the feet collapsed into the bottom of the keyboard. In total, the Division Zero X40 weighs in at 3.26 pounds, and we also see that while there is a drive package for this keyboard, it is not required to function properly.


As we tried to hunt down the best deal for the Division Zero X40 gaming mechanical keyboard, we found only two listings. The first is on Das Keyboard's Division Zero Pro Gaming website. Here we found the keyboard listed at $149.99 with free ground shipping that usually takes one to two days to arrive. The other option we found was at Amazon, at the same price point, but the seller is listed as Das Keyboard anyways. Since both deals are identical, we would honestly rather go direct to the maker than to possibly have to deal with Amazon for any support, should anything go wrong. As for the pricing, it is a touch high for most people looking for gaming keyboards, but we feel at the same time, this keyboard has more style and more features than many other more expensive solutions.



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