DAS Keyboard - The Successor to the IBM Model M Keyboard
Computer manufacturers save every dime they can on computer parts to maximize their profit. Unfortunately, this often means we are stuck with crappy keyboards with our shiny new machine. When IBM had a near monopoly and personal computers were high priced, well engineered devices they gave their users one of the best input devices to come with any machine--a IBM Model M keyboard. I liked it so much that I kept an original hidden away from all the geeks at the office.
Now DAS Keyboard makes an updated mechanical keyboard that is a worthy successor--actually they make four models"
- DAS Keyboard Original Professional
- DAS Keyboard Model S Professional
- DAS Keyboard Model S Ultimate (the uber geek keyboard--the keys are plain black--no labels)
- DAS Keyboard Model S Professional Silent (with slightly more quiet keys)
They keyboard fit and finish is reminiscent of a fine musical instruments--the keys are surrounded by a polished black surface. Like the IBM keyboard the DAS keyboard uses its best-in-class mechanical gold-plated key switches provide a tactile and audio click. The company does have a sense of humor, it sells earplugs as a "peace offering" to your cube mates who are bothered by the clicking.
Want an ultra-cool keyboard? Buy the Das Keyboard Ultimate which is identical to the Das Keyboard Professional but sports 100% blank keys. Yep you will have to memorize the positions of the keys and become a true touch typist--no more cheating
DAS Keyboard also takes care of the little details such as an extra long keyboard cord 2 meters or 6 6 feet) and two USB ports on the side of the keyboard. The keyboard also offers N-Key rollover for fast typists and gamers. This means that each key is scanned completely independently by the keyboard hardware, so that each keypress is correctly detected regardless of how many other keys are being pressed or held down at the time. Model S allows full n-key rollover with a PS2 adapter, and 6 keys with USB.
At a cost of $135, the keyboard is more expensive than most. However, my computer keyboard is one of my most used tools and my last keyboard outlasted several computers. I expect the DAS keyboard to do the same. You can buy the DAS keyboard from their store at http://www.daskeyboard.com/. The keyboards are manufactured outside the US but are designed and sold from my favorite city Austin, Texas
Are you the fastest typist? DAS is the sponsor of the Ultimate Typing Championship. They even have an app that you can use to practice your skills. Truly a company that cares about keyboards.