Tools Matter: Das Keyboard Mini-review
So I blew 150$ on a new keyboard recently. Was it worth it?
I’ve used a desktop Apple keyboard for a while, but never really got comfortable with it. It was just… off. I felt slower than I should, and never got used to the shape and feedback of the keys.I’ve had my eye on the more classic, mechanical IBM Model-M style keyboards for a while. Jeff Atwoods recent blog post finally pushed me over the edge. I ended up with this: the Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate.
After a month of use I’m really happy with it. My typing speed has gone from 70-ish to 85-ish words per minute, and I love the feel of it.
It may not be for everyone, though. Here’s my summary:
- The keys have a great, tactile feedback. I really like the old-school mechanical “CLICK-CLACK” feedback, it’s much crisper than anything else I’ve used for the last decade.
- Solid build quality. It feels three times as heavy as my old Apple aluminum keyboard.
- Cool aesthetics. I mean, just look at it! It’s as if Batman and Darth Vader got together to design computer hardware.
- It has a shiny finish. Looks good… but stains really easily. I had fingermarks all over it after a few hours.
- It’s loud. Really loud. “Wake up your child sleeping in the next room”-loud. I’m not kidding about his: my office is way down in the basement of our house. My Significant Other can hear me loud and clear upstairs when I’m working.
All in all: If you have the money, are considering an old-school keyboard and don’t mind the noise, go for it!