I've blogged about the Das Keyboard 2 before. I loved it. Unfortunately, however, my daughter stepped on it while in the floor (she was playing with it) and broke the space bar fairly bad. I tried my best to get it repaired, but nothing succeeded. So, for several months, I was without my glorious Das Keyboard, and was stuck with those crappy, squishy, HP multimedia keyboards.
Thanks to my generous wife, she went on eBay, and purchased a used Das Keyboard Ultimate. As with version 2, the Ultimate has blank keys, and also brings a couple other features to the table, that make this keyboard tough to beat. Here are features of the Das Keyboard Ultimate:
- Gold plated German manufactured mechanical key switches.
- Individually weighted keys.
- Two USB 2.0 ports on the right side of the keyboard.
- 100% blank keys.
- N-Key rollover, allowing up to 12 simultaneous key presses for fast typists.
- Glossy black finish.
- Blue LED NUM, CAPS & SCROLL LOCK lights.
Aside from the features listed above, the keyboard has some extra weight that version 2 did not have. It seems to have a more solid feel to the keyboard, rather than the light plastic feel of its predecessors. It still has the same clickety-clack that I have grown to love from the IBM Model M and version 2. The noise drives my wife nuts at times, however. It's also slightly smaller than version 2, making it a bit more attractive.
I haven't put the time into this keyboard that I have put into the other one, but so far, I love it. My fingers just enjoy the tactile feedback that the keys bring. I love the sound of the keys as I'm typing away, including typing this post. Version 2 had an expected lifespan of 50 million key strokes. If that's the case with this keyboard, I suspect I won't be needing a new one any time soon.
This keyboard just brings back the joy in typing. I would highly recommend it to anyone seriously looking for a good keyboard. Combine that with the Dvorak layout, and you will find yourself in typing heaven.
MAN I LOVE THIS KEYBOARD!