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No sleep and no quiet make Adam do something something.. As I sit here typing this review with our managing editor sitting here next to me I can already see that it won’t be long before Adam loses his mind, smashing high end hardware components all over the place. The reason his distress is due to the lovely Das Keyboard Professional S that I am reviewing today. We have visited their line of keyboards once before, today we are trying out the keyboard with letters on the keycaps. At least this time I can see the letters before Adam goes crazy.

Product Name: Das Professional S Keyboard

Review Sample Provided by: Metadot Corporation

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


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Specifications

Key Information

Cherry MX blue mechanical key switches with gold contacts (clicky tactile)

Laser-etched key cap inscriptions to prevent fading

Full n-key rollover with a PS2 adapter, and 6 keys with USB

Enhanced 104-key layout

Two Windows keys

Technical Information

Glossy black upper enclosure with matching black USB cable - Darth Vader approved

Two-port USB hub 1.1 and 2.0 compatible

Blue LEDs

Extra long two-meter (6.6-foot) USB cable

Even More Information

Dimensions: 18in x 6.5in x 1in (thickest portion, feet not extended, 1.5in w/ extended feet)

Weight: 1.36 kg (3 lbs)

Compatible with PS/2 and USB KVM switches.

System Requirements

PC or Mac, Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X

2 USB ports or 1 USB port + 1 PS/2 port 
- USB to PS/2 adapter (included)

No driver required

Mac users can swap the command/control 
/options keys to match the Mac keyboard 
layout using the Mac OS X keyboard control 
panel

Environmental Data

Operating temperature: 0°C to over 50°C

Operating humidity: 0% to 60%

Electrical Data

The USB hub has two ports and does not require an external power supply. It's compatible with the 1.1 and 2.0 standards. Both ports can be active at the same time, but one can temporarily shut down if the current consumption is too high.

 

Packaging

Metadot Corporation packed the Das Keyboard in a white box with an almost full size picture of the keyboard across the front. Around back there are three close up photos of the keyboards notable features. Alongside of the pictures you will find longer explanations of each feature along with the requirements needed to use the keyboard. Inside the keyboard is wrapped in a foam bag and placed into a cardboard tray for shipping. The first thing that pops out at you is the microfiber cloth that is sitting on top of the keyboard; obviously you’re going to want to keep this keyboard looking sharp!

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Performance

Obviously from my opening statement you can tell that this isn’t the quietest keyboard on the market. Metadot has turned that into a marketing point, they even sell ear plugs for your coworkers. If you are a fan of the old IBM Model M this is the keyboard for you. This model uses Cherry MX blue mechanical key switches to give you that nice clicky sound and amazingly smooth motion, similar in feel to the buckling spring type of the Model M. It’s not unheard of to find people who are still using their original Model M keyboards, the reason for this is because mechanical key switches are much more reliable than the membrane design used in almost every other keyboard on the market anymore.

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Of course, they haven’t just thrown in good switches and left it at that. The Das keyboard also has multiple media keys available with the use of the Fn key, similar to what you would see on a laptop. The media keys are not as easy to use as what I am used too on the g19 that I normally use, but you almost never see a mechanical keyboard with any media functions, so I should not complain too much. There is also a two port USB hub hidden on the right side of the keyboard, perfect for plugging in a flash drive and your mouse.

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Overall

I see Adam’s eyes turning to rage at this point, I guess I am going to have to put in an order for a pair of earplugs if we are going to get any work done in the future. Not using the Das Professional S just isn’t an option. The Das keyboard feels amazing, each keystroke is smooth yet still lets you know each time it is pressed. The best part is that you know it will still feel amazing long after you have pitched your membrane-based keyboards because they have died. The price of the Das Professional S is considerably higher than most other keyboards on the market, but it also is relative to how long it will last. Its obviously not for everyone, but if you are looking for a clicky keyboard you are going to LOVE the Das!

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