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Das Keyboard

Picture of Das KeyboardMy wife is going to kill me. Seriously. Don't tell her that I bought this, or I'm a dead man! Who am I kidding? She reads my blog, so she'll find out in her own due time.

I just dropped 90 squid on keyboard!!! Not any keyboard, however, Das Keyboard. The great thing about this keyboard, is it is 100% blank. No writing on the keys whatsoever. Check out the image to the right. Blank, just like a piano, or the look on my wife's face when she finds out I bought it.

The great thing about this keyboard, besides the fact that I type in Dvorak, and need something for my index fingers to rest on that isn't J and F, is the mechanical superiority. This keyboard, as claimed on the website, is supposed to surpass the IBM Model M. I've typed on that keyboard, and if the claim is true, then I'm sold. The IBM Model M keyboard is a revolutionary piece of hardware. Check out the pressure requirements under each key. Not unique to keyboards, but very nice.

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At any rate, here are a few of the features of the keyboard, and ultimately, the reasons that I purchased it:

  • 100% blank.
  • Mechanical gold-plated switches, surpassing the IBM Model M
  • Scooped F and J keys
  • USB (compatible with all operating systems)

{ 7 } Comments

  1. Alexandre Vassalotti using Firefox 2.0.0.2 on Ubuntu | March 2, 2007 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Eh, I got the same. In fact, I am typing this very post on this keyboard. I been using it daily for 3 months now. The best thing about it is the sound of the key when you press them. However, I find this keyboard quite painful to use when you are trying to work on something serious. Both for not having printed keys and the pain you get after typing for long hours. And yeah, it's quite expensive.

  2. ion using Firefox 2.0.0.2 on Ubuntu | March 2, 2007 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    You can do that with a normal keyboard and some sandpaper, too. :-)

  3. Christer Edwards using Firefox 2.0.0.2 on Ubuntu | March 2, 2007 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I hope you let us know how you like it. I've been tempted for some time to get the same thing but I'm hesitant about the price. Keep us informed

  4. Tim Lord using Firefox 2.0 on Ubuntu | March 2, 2007 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I hope you like it better than I do ;)

    When they sent me a review sample of the MkI version, and I wrote a pretty harsh review on Slashdot, I was a) pleased that the company --on paper -- seemed to have addressed some of the problems with the 1st one and b) surprised that they sent me another review sample of MkII.

    It definitely feels better than the first go-'round, but is hardly (favorably) comparable to a Model M, or even to the Thrift Store Special (actually, the brand is NMB) that I'm tappy-clicking on right now. The key switches may be "mechanical" on the Das Keyboard, and I have no complaints about their durability, but they're no IBM / Keytronics Northgate. For a pretty obscure but awesome keyboard, find a Northgate OmniMac Ultra, then use an ADB-to-USB dongle-adapter ...

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Northgate+OmniMac+Ultra&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

    :)

    Their speed-typing claims may be hype or real; I can't say that my typing increased in speed by using it, but it does feel neat to use it for a while, glance at your hands on the black surface, and boggle momentarily. I'm a poor enough typist, though, that I really like the peripheral vision of the letters, even if I glance at them only rarely.

    Cheers,

    timothy

  5. higi using Firefox 2.0.0.2 on Ubuntu | March 3, 2007 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Tell us about it! What do you think of it?

  6. erich using Firefox 2.0.0.2 on Ubuntu | March 4, 2007 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Relax. I once paid 350EUR for a keyboard. Wifey went interstellar.

    I bought Touchstream LP, parceled to me from other side of the Europe. Lol. Das Keyboard is nothing compared to that. Go buy couple while at it. :-)

  7. Jon using Firefox 2.0.0.2 on Windows Vista | March 12, 2007 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    This is a very nice keyboard but I have found a cheap way of making a clone! I wrote up this short tutorial explaining it. :)

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