das-keyboard

anonymous asked:

Assumption: You're brunette, you like winged eyeliner, converse, and the colors purple and red. You like biology, but only because your teacher was cool. You know a little bit of piano/keyboard -DA

Omg ok almost all correct
Yes I am a brunette
I do like winged eyeliner (but I’m not good at it)
I do like dark purple and reds
I’m more of a vans kinda girl ya know
I don’t like biology its alright just ain’t my cup of tea teacher was cool though
I don’t know anything about instruments ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I can't play sc2 :[

Stupid broken elbow. I was getting matched with Plat during the ladder lock, too. :[

Look at my new set-up^^

I luv it. A good ol’ Das and the Razer Orochi. The mouse is a small laptop-type mouse, but what’s amazing about it is that it’s small, dual wired/wireless bluetooth, and extreeeeemely light and responsive without batteries while wired. It also forces a fingertip/claw grip which feels 100x more accurate than my old shitty palm grip mouse. I luv eet^^

The Das is the Pro Silent model and daaaaayumnnn it feels nice. Each keypress feels strangely satisfying. Although it’s somewhat loud, I’m kinda wondering what the regular model sounds/feels like. Nonetheless, I luvs itt. And of course, wrist rests are a must.

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Got a new keyboard for work! DasKeyboard 4 Professional. It has Cherry MX Blue switches, so it’ll click clack like crazy. <3 <3 Dat satisfying feedback. HHNNGG. The entire body is aluminum and built like a tank. It’s heavy and quite solid but also very expensive.

So yeah, so far I’ve tried blue, red and brown switches but can’t really decide which I like better. For pure gaming, I feel the red switches are great but a bit difficult to type on since they’re so sensitive. Blues are absolutely brilliant for typing but can be loud. Browns are a nice balance for general use.

Das Keyboard Professional Silent Review

The Das Keyboard Professional Silent is a mechanical keyboard with cherry MX Browns.  The keyboard will set you back $125 and, at least for me, was well worth every dollar.

Keyboard Body:

The keyboard has a overall sturdy feel to it.  It has quite a bit of weight to it and feels extremely solid.  It has two usb 2.0 ports on the right side of the keyboard which some may find inconvenient due to how close it is to my mouse.  For me my mouse is no where close to my keyboard so it isn’t a problem.  The top of the keyboard has a glossy finish which some people dislike.  The keyboard also came with a handy microfiber cloth.  The absence of a built in wrist rest may take some getting used to for some people, but a third party external wrist rest is an easy solution.  The keyboard sports a 6.6ft cable with 2 usb cables splitting from the end.  One for the usb ports and the other for the actual keyboard.

The Keys:

The Das Keyboard uses Cherry MX Brown switches.  For those who aren’t familiar with the different type of mechanical keyboard keys here is a quick summery:

MX Blues: Tactile and audible feedback

MX Browns: Tactile feedback only

MX Blacks: No Tactile nor audible feedback

Audible feedback produces a clicking sound when the key has been pressed far enough down.  Tactile feedback is where you feel the key press being registered but not being bottomed out.

The keys are laser etched as well as rounded (has a slight concave to them).  The keys do not really have much grip to them and can take some getting used to.  Unfortunately there are no macro or multimedia keys.  The actuation force is lower meaning the keys take less force to press down.

Typing:

Typing feels fantastic.  I find that I can type noticeably faster than on a normal keyboard due to the lower actuation force as well as how incredibly responsive the keys are.  Although I do tend to bottom out when I type I find that even though the keyboard isn’t using MX Blues, the keyboard can be quite loud when typing.  There are many videos on youtube demonstrating the noise difference between the different switches.  The keyboard allows for full n-key rollover with a PS/2 adapter meaning that every key can be simultaneously pressed and it will all be registered.  If you are connecting it through usb then up to 6 keys can be pressed at once.

TL;DR:

+ Typing on it is fantastic

+ Very solid build

+ Two usb 2.0 ports built in.

+ 6.6ft Cable

+ Keys last significantly longer than non-mechanical keys

+ Laser etched keys to last longer from fading

+ Comes with a little microfiber cloth

+/- No wrist support

+/- No loud clicking noises

+/- Can be very loud if you bottom out your keys when typing.

- Quite pricy ($125)

- No Backlighting

- usb ports are positioned on the right side of the keyboard

- No macro or multimedia keys

Overall a very good keyboard for gamers and for typing.  I highly recommend buying one if you are looking for a mechanical keyboard and willing to shell out $125.

My apologies on the poor picture quality, I only have a smart phone at my disposal.  Also the quality of the review, I’m fairly tired and also not a very good writer.

good things about today:

1. i finally figured out how to use my new awl (as in an awl for leather work.) i will be the ultimate fibers nerd

2. adam’s new das keyboard arrived. it’s completely black and minimalistic PLUS it’s mechanical, so it sounds oldschoooooool.

3. new magic set out today. friday night magic WILL be happening soon

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Just purchased this masterpiece of a mechanical keyboard; the unmarked version for good measure. The sensory experience is exceptional. With each light fingered keystroke, you can feel a snap from underneath the key enhanced by a very audible assertive click. It is most definitely a keyboard for typists.

The Quest for a Keyboard

Okay so I admit that I am a bit of a peripheral junkie. I like finding the best hardware to make working with my computer as great as an experience as possible. Since I am a programmer, and a writer, I spend a lot of time at the keyboard typing.

Naturally I find that a plain old Dell keyboard (even though it gets startlingly good reviews) doesn’t really cut it for long periods of time writing. I am much more fond of a keyboard that was designed for someone like me in mind.

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For a while, I was quite content with my Apple Bluetooth keyboard. It worked with my iPad, felt great to type on, and looked the part in my small apartment. However it did have its share of problems. Firstly, it was a pain to keep configuring. I used it with my laptop that I duel-booted between Ubuntu and Windows fairly regularly and the connection would keep dropping from the keyboard, requiring frequent and occasionally really long fixing sessions to get it working again. (Oh and my Hackintosh that I occasionally used didn’t have Bluetooth :P)

In fact, I was so frustrated with it I was fully preparing to give Apple more of my money for a wired keyboard to try and fix some of these problems. It was only really on a friends recommendation (and by ‘recommendation’ I mean purchase that made me extremely jealous) that I started looking at a different breed of keyboard: the mechanical keyboard.

Now most keyboards have rubber domes under each of the keys that are linked by a membrane underneath. When you push a key, it closes the dome and registers a key press. When you press it you feel close to nothing. The only sound or tactile feeling you get from these keyboards is when you 'bottom-out’ the key. A mechanical keyboard uses actual mechanical elements (springs, metal plates, etc) to register key presses. If you have ever used a keyboard that makes a 'clickity-clackity’ sound, you’ve used a mechanical keyboard.

However, most mechanical keyboards these days are a niche since the rubber-dome technology was significantly easier and cheaper to manufacture. Since mechanical keyboards feel more tactile and responsive they have found a home with gamers. In fact my friend, who is by trade a video game programmer, picked himself up a QPad M-80 which used mechanical switches from a company called Cherry (the Cherry MX Blue, if we’re being accurate). When I typed on it, I was absolutely blown away; it was amazing. The feeling, the noise, and the speed that I was typing after using the keyboard for barely a second or two was beyond amazing. I was hooked and I wanted to replace my Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 that I had been using as a stop-gap almost right away.

Oh, a quick side note about the Ergo 4000. Despite the negative light I just casted on it it really is a fantastic keyboard if you don’t want to go mechanical. For someone who does a lot of typing, the ergonomic curves of it and wrist support felt really nice, even if they did take a bit of getting used to.

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So I was now on the hunt for a mechanical keyboard. Not an easy task. When it comes to the switches however, there really is only one game in town: Cherry. Cherry make a variety of different switches for different uses, for example the Cherry MX Blue is both tactile and loud whereas the Cherry MX Brown is tactile but not loud. When choosing a modern mechanical keyboard, it really is just finding a form factor that you like since the switches will be the same from one keyboard to another.

So after much research I found a few that were suitable. I decided that I didn’t really want a QPad (mainly not to seem like I was blatantly ripping off my friend) so it was between the Das Keyboard, a keyboard designed by a programmer for programmers, or the Razr BlackWidow, a gaming keyboard that’s also big in the writing community. Both had the same Cherry MX Blue switches and both had advantages and disadvantages over the other. There was no clear winner and I was stuck.

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My internal demons were fighting over what keyboard to get for a good couple of weeks (yes, I really am indecisive) until I remembered about a little company that I had come across few years earlier: Unicomp. Unicomp were the ones who eventually ended up with the rights to produce the Model M keyboard with buckling springs after IBM had sold its PC business and they still make authentic, traditional, keyboards today. To my surprise, they had expanded their operation and they ship to the UK.

After all my toing and froing I settled on the Unicomp Classic 104 (the 104 indicates the amount of keys, original Model Ms had only 101 keys). I ordered it, got it shipped, and here it is now typing this blog. I don’t regret my decision a single bit.

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It looks old, although when I ask it it prefers the term 'retro’, but it types amazingly. These were the switches that Cherry tried to emulate and the real feel is just amazing. If you are looking to invest in a keyboard (and in the UK the cost of the keyboard and shipping set me back a good £100, so it is an investment) that will make you a faster, happier, typist then I really recommend any of the Unicomp keyboards.

It makes me a happy hacker :)

I just ordered this thing because I have no self control even though my typing skills are LOL at best (still don’t know my home keys properly! I type at around 55 wpm making constant typos.. I should really try to use some typing programs to learn for real one day.)

In case you don’t know, this is a Das Professional S mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches (not that you can tell from the promotion pic, but that’s what I ordered lol).

It was on sale but it was still $122 (if I include tax) and I need help. Q____Q