The style is entirely different from the slim slabs of aluminum sold by Apple, yet both are iconic in their own way. The keys are extremely lightweight, with a feathery feel that filled me with dread. This is no Model M.
I gave the Das Keyboard a thorough workout, using it exclusively for over a week of heavy typing. The Cherry MX blue key switches do indeed have a nice snap, but they are undone by an overall feeling of lightness to the action. Unless released to spring back nearly their entire travel, the switch will not snap or pop at all on the next press, though the character input will still register. Perhaps it is my typing style that is at fault, but I found myself typing extra characters without knowing it. No one who had ever tried both back-to-back would ever make this comparison.
Das Keyboard is fine on its own, but is nothing like a Model M. I find this extremely curious in a keyboard designed for the Mac. Make no mistake, the Das Keyboard Model S for Mac is a whole class better than the plastic junk most people use, and the snappy Cherry MX blue key switches are more rewarding than any scissor or membrane keyboard out there. If that alienates you, you are likely not the demographic the manufacturer is going after.
The Kate Moss of keyboards. Also, keep in mind that yours is one of the first that rolled off the assembly line. And they do come with a handful of blue and red keycaps you can use to add a little flair to the Esc and arrow keys. There are 8 Das Keyboard models out on the market and we have reviewed every single one of them. More posts from the MechanicalKeyboards community. On top of the switches feeling pretty lack luster, the keyboard itself just feels poorly manufactured.
If I could associate one word with the Das Keyboard 4, it's uncompromising. As much as Das Keyboard would like this to be the first choice for top-tier World of Warcraft and League of Legend players, it likely never will. As great as the keys are, there's just not that many of them.
Without expendable macro keys there's just not enough functionality for most professional gamers. Try to take the Das Keyboard into a World of Warcraft tournament and I don't think you'd make it past the first round.
That said the lack of accompanying customization software is not without its advantages. It doesn't require a driver, and in a world of downloadable programs it's nice to have a keyboard that doesn't have stored memory profiles and endlessly customizable keys. It's a "what you see is what you get" deal and, for some, that's a very good thing. As far as extras are concerned there's a 2-port USB 3.
I don't know if I'd use it to connect an external HDD, but for mouse pass-through and occasionally charging a smart phone it's convenient. Additionally the Das Keyboard 4 Professional sports on-board media controls, oversized volume control knob, and instant sleep key. Again, these are convenient, but unlikely to sway a potential buyer. Oh, and where traditional rubber feet would be there's a detachable ruler…so there's that. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional is a great basic board.
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac is a great alternative to Apple's own keyboards. The Das Keyboard is much more comfortable to type on. It's also designed to be used with Macs and comes with Mac-specific keys, whereas most non-Apple keyboards are designed for the Windows. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac ($ MSRP; $ on Amazon) isn't the first mechanical keyboard I've owned—that spot goes to the.
It has an uncompromising, no-frills style that you'll come to respect, even if that means it won't be the go-to board for gamers. Despite their noise, the tactile feedback left a definite positive impression, and once you become accustomed to the minimal force required to engage the keys, it will be tough to go back to your old way of life.
It's solid in every sense of the word. For word processing, Internet surfing, and general use, it's the board to beat.
Gamers, at least those in search of macros, are best served looking somewhere else. Back to School Our Verdict An uncompromising, no-frills board with an impeccable build, even if it lacks the macros some gamers need. For Incredibly durable, workhorse keyboard Blue switches feel great. Against Where are the macros?