TechSpot: Das Keyboard 4 Professional Review

Metadot is arguably responsible for pioneering the commercial mechanical keyboard market, much like OCZ did with solid state drives. We’ve seen a number of revisions and competitors hit the scene since the original Das Keyboard launched in 2005, but their latest offering promises to be an order of magnitude better than previous generations.

The Das Keyboard 4 was announced in March 2014 and despite a number of new features, the board stays true to its roots in terms of aesthetics and its 104-key layout. Those familiar with previous Das offerings will immediately zero in on the new oversized volume knob and dedicated media controls on the top right side just above the number pad.

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If my Microsoft Sidewinder X6 keyboard dies, I will get this keyboard to replace it. The X6 is still going strong though after 5 years

Hello,

I'm a bit surprised by the opening line "Metadot is arguably responsible for pioneering the commercial mechanical keyboard market…" given that companies like ALPS, BTC, Cherry, FIC, IBM (Unicomp), KeyTronic, Northgate (Avant Stellar), PFU, etcetera have been making commercial mechanical keyboards, in some cases up to 25 years before Metadot was incorporated.

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Aryeh Goretsky

no way. chicklet is godawfully horrendous. if you don't like mechanical switches for whatever reason, the best is hands down the scissor switch. it's got a low profile (less travel) and relatively low force but still defined presses. makes for a very smooth general-purpose experience.

primexx said,
no way. chicklet is godawfully horrendous. if you don't like mechanical switches for whatever reason,(snip)

That keyboard looks straight from 2003

_YOLO_ said,
Chiclet FTW

If Aesthetics are your only concern then yeah perhaps a Chiclet KB but damn are they god awful to use! They're fine for any day to day tasks but in my experience they wear out quite quickly and they are in no way good for RSI. I doubt you'd ever find them in a serious professional's daily arsenal.

I use a scissor switch Logitech backlit wireless KB at the moment (K800) , I'd have preferred mechanical switches but to get wireless AND backlit, the price was quite horrendous. It's a fairly quiet typer (not that it matters as I have my own separate office where I do my image work) but when writing anything for more than a few hours I have to take a break regularly because my hands get a little cramped.

Only thing I like about the low profile scissor keys is the fact that I can glide easily between them when doing lots of keyboard shortcuts.

No source on it but I recall mech KB's are faster to type with, and I know they're definitely better in terms of comfort.

mrp04 said,

More like 1990. But mechanical switches are awesome.

Yup!
Best keyboards I ever used were the original IBM k/b, and the one that came with the Silicon Graphics Indy I used back in the day.

clickety clickety ;-)

Auzeras said,

I use a scissor switch Logitech backlit wireless KB at the moment (K800) , I'd have preferred mechanical switches but to get wireless AND backlit, the price was quite horrendous. It's a fairly quiet typer (not that it matters as I have my own separate office where I do my image work) but when writing anything for more than a few hours I have to take a break regularly because my hands get a little cramped.

Same one here. I prefer shallow travel & low force so scissor switches are perfect.

I just think every mechanical keyboard released today should offer a choice of all switches. I'd be tempted to pick up a DK4 if it offered cherry mx black switches. Cant deal with clacky blues or browns any more. Shame really because it looks like a brilliant keyboard.

earlcaulley said,
I have blue in my house where it doesn't bother anyone, and browns here at work. I love me some mechanical keyboards!
Never tried blues. Is it a lot better for typing than browns?