Closer Look at Das Keyboard Professional
The Das Keyboard III Professional by Metadot comes in a very unpretentious package made of cardboard and with a picture of the unit on the top. For a device that costs $129, this is a rather surprising package. But let’s get inside!
The keyboard comes with no additional drivers on optical discs since it does not require them and works right out of the box. Hence, there is nothing to be found inside the package apart from the keyboard itself, which is packaged into a bag made of polyethylene that protects the unit inside the cardboard box pretty well, a small piece of paper advising to visit the web-site www.daskeyboard.com for further information about the product as well as a tissue.
The first thing that impresses about the keyboard is the lack of any additional keys. There are now keys to control audio or launch applications and macroses. The Das Keyboard is an absolutely classic 104-key keyboard with a lug on the right upper side of the unit where an USB 2.0 hub is located.
The Das Keyboard is made of very high quality plastic, which does not bend and makes the device pretty heavy. Thanks to the weight and large rubber pads underneath the unit, the keyboard is pretty heavy and it is uneasy to slide it back and forth on the table, which is also good, if you type a lot and hate when you have to care about position of the keyboard. For some reasons, the manufacturer has not placed rubber pads on the holding feet of the keyboard, which is a peculiarity of many modern keyboards, by the way.
The upper side of the Das Keyboard is made of glossy black plastic, which leaves fingerprints on it all the time. This may not be exactly a good idea, however, considering the fact that under normal usage conditions the top of the keyboard is hardly touched, hence, there should not be a feeling of a dirty keyboard. Moreover, Metadot is kind :) enough to ship a piece of a tissue to clean the fingerprints off the glossy surface of the device.
A very noticeable aspect of the Das Keyboard is that it is fairly high. It is higher compared to many office keyboards that are in use nowadays. While this may not be a drawback for those, who use additional gel hand-rest pads to hold hands, many users of modern slim keyboards will not appreciate this design decision, which was, most likely conditioned by the usage of mechanical switches. On the other hand, the thick base gives the keyboard a very solid look of a rather exclusive and high-end product.
The font that is used to mark keys onto the top of keys should, according to Metadot, “convey the idea of precision” and we have to agree – it looks completely different compared to fonts used to mark other keyboards. For some, letters on top of the keys may seem small, nevertheless, considering the fact that the Das Keyboard Ultimate has no engravings at all, this should not be considered as a drawback. What should be kept in mind is that Metadot uses paint to mark keys and not molding or engraving, hence, users have to hope that the paint is quality enough and will not be wiped out over time, transforming Das Keyboard Professional into Das Keyboard Ultimate…
The shape and size of the keys on Das Keyboard III are beyond any compliments: they are rather large and concave, while the gap between keys is rather significant, which should ensure comfortable typing.
It should be noted that the Das Keyboard III allows up to 12 keys to be pressed simultaneously, which may be important for very fast typists as well as gamers. Additionally, it means that the keyboard will have no problems with various commands launched using different multi-key combinations (for instance, in order to type €, CTRL + ALT + E should be pressed simultaneously).
Metadot uses MX keymodule mechanical switches with springs made by Cherry Corp. that are capable of withstanding up to 50 million keystrokes, much higher compared to typical keyboards. Since the company does not recommend disassembling its Das Keyboard, we decided not to do it, since the mechanical switch-based keyboards are pretty complex and chances are that once disassembled, the keyboard will no longer work the way it should.