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Date: October 1st, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Das Keyboard
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH



Turning the keyboard over will show the buyer that the bottom is pretty simple itself. Nothing other than four large rubber feet and a product label.



Once you look closer, you will see the two USB2.0 ports and the keyboard tilt mechanism for changing the keyboard from sitting flat on the desk or raising the back up slightly. As for the USB2.0 ports, they are passive and are great for easily connecting a thumbdrive but due to their lack of adequate power, higher voltage and current draw USB peripherals cannot be connected.


Other than that, there isn't much to point out. It is a very well made simple keyboard with mechanical switches.


PRODUCT USE & TESTING



To test the keyboard I swapped out my daily mule Microsoft Reclusa keyboard for a week to try the Das Keyboard on for size. I use a keyboard on average about 6 hours a day and that use is about 50% document writing, 30% internet surfing and 20% gaming. Initial use was relatively enjoyable, but problems while using it slowly eeked into the work environment.


The first thing I missed with this keyboard was the lack of a wrist pad which seems to be a standard option when it comes to today's models. Without it, extended use yielded sore and stiff wrists and user fatigue especially while under extended use. Second thing noted was the keystroke clicking. Sure it gives back a positive tactile and audio feedback, but the audio feedback is what was driving my fiancee nuts during the night when she is sleeping. To say the least, this keyboard is not for the user who works late into the night while others are sleeping. The keystroke noise could be heard two rooms over even through closed doors and was keeping a rather heavy sleeper awake during my working sessions. This keyboard is not made for the late night gamer who doesn't want to wake or irritate their partner or parents or for anyone who works late with others in the same household.


Apply that to a working environment, and you will have some irritated co-workers who will not be able to hear themselves think while you bat away at the keyboard during a writing spurt sounding like Beethoven comprising his latest concerto. Add in the fact that everyone can hear you work which will eventually lead to someone not hearing your keyboard (including your boss) which might as well be you literally screaming "I'm not working!". You get the point.


To be honest, and completely forthright, there is nothing contained within this US$129 that cannot be accomplished with a $30 keyboard from any other reputable manufacturer. The key click is nice, but after a couple of hours use, the novelty will wear off and you will be reaching for your old keyboard. This is doubled when you get a ticked off fiancee that has had enough with it as well and wants to get to sleep.

 

 


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