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Das Keyboard 3

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.

Until now.

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!

{ 4 } Comments

  1. Federico using Gran Paradiso 3.0.5 on GNU/Linux | December 27, 2008 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    I'm using a Das keyboard (first version) with dvorak layout and it's simply the best thing I've ever typed on.

  2. sno using Opera 9.63 on Windows XP | December 27, 2008 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    using my das v2 here for about 3 years :) still as clicky as day one! enjoy the new model

  3. Utah_Dave using Google Chrome 13.0.782.109 on GNU/Linux | August 5, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I just got my Das keyboard. So far it's been great. I got the "silent" version. It's so loud I'm really curious how loud the regular one is!

  4. Aaron using Firefox 5.0.1 on Mac OS | August 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    It's not loud enough. Seriously. When I'm at my cube, I want the whole floor to hear me type. Instead, I only get my immediate neighbors annoyed. :)

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