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Das Keyboard Fans Give Praise on Facebook

Dave M. posted on our Das Keyboard Facebook page today:

“I received my das keyboard today and am typing on it right now. It is Awesome! Thank you for making such a fantastic product. I am a total snob when it comes to wanting the finest things in life and this the KING OF KEYBOARDS. I have pined for one for 5 years and now I have one. Why did I wait so long? Everyone in my office covets it already. I will have to become a reseller!!! :)

Thank you Dave!

If you want to post  your own reviews and/or feedback of our product on our facebook wall, head over HERE and click “like”. We love to hear what you think.

 

Das Keyboard Fan Ecstatic About Model-S Professional Silent

The word on the street is that our keyboards are bad ass, but our customers are just as bad ass too. Read the following quote from one of our fans recalling the momentous occasion that is owning your first Das Keyboard:

“When I pulled into the driveway I immediately spotted the box on my doorstep; UPS had finally delivered! Stepping on to the front porch, I scooped up the object that had survived the journey from Austin, Texas shielded in a brown armor of corrugated paper (and bubble wrap). Once inside the house, after dropping my jacket to the floor, I sprinted up the stairs to my office. With the enthusiasm of Ralphie opening his Red Rider BB gun, I tore into the packaging and extracted my prize from within. Before me lay the Das Model S Professional Silent keyboard (http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-professional-silent/), a splendid spectacle of subdued glossy-black engineering. From the moment my fingers pressed its buttery-smooth keys, and the text flowed forth on my monitor amidst the clickety-clackety of its gold-plated mechanics, I knew that my quest for the perfect keyboard had finally ended. My first words? “For sale: Logitech keyboard. Cheap.”

Thank-you for showing us the love!

Great review of the Model S Pro

Many thanks to Dominic Raad at Skatter Tech. He’s been using the Model S for a few weeks and wrote an honest and fair review of the Das Keyboard Model S Professional; he even addresses the recall and the errors that caused it.

Read the review here.

What are your thoughts on his review? Would you agree? Have you had a different experience?

Introducing the New Das Keyboard Zazzle Store!

What the heck is a “Zazzle” you ask? Good question!

Zazzle is an on-demand retail platform that allows us to create the Das Keyboard Zazzle Store (not to be confused with the Das Keyboard Webstore, the US website for buying your Das Keyboard.)

Simply put, the Das Keyboard Zazzle Store is a place for you to get that Das Keyboard tshirt, coffee mug, or other item you’ve been wanting. We chose Zazzle as the store platform because it also allows you to add the Das Keyboard logo and your own personalized text to just about every item they carry. So if you’ve really been craving that Das Keyboard dog shirt customized with Fido’s name, your wait is finally over.

Admittedly, the store is new and the available variety is small, but this is the fans’ store, your store! I want to know what you’d like to see there, to hear your ideas for cool products or fun phrases to go with Das Keyboard. I’m working on a contest of sorts to come up with some fun tshirt or product designs and the winning submission could win their shirt. We’ll see how that pans out.

So, what do you think about the new store? What products would you like to see, what are some funny or cool phrases to pair with Das Keyboard?


make custom gifts at Zazzle

Did you notice the new Model S Silent?

There’s been a lot of talk in the last few days about the new and improved Model S that is now available for order.

Did you notice the part about the new versions of the Model S? Not only is there the S Ultimate and S Professional just as before, but there is now a third version, the S Professional Silent!

Just Like Before, but Quieter
The Pro Silent is almost exactly like the S Professional; the keys are lettered, it has the media functions, double USB for more power, KVM compatibility, etc. The difference, and the reason this keyboard is very special is the keyswitches inside. Instead of the Blue Cherry keyswitches like the other models, this keyboard sports the Brown Cherry keyswitches. This difference means the Pro Silent is a lot quieter than the other versions. To be clear, even though it’s called “Silent,” there is still a little bit of sound from the sound of your fingers hitting the keys and the keys bottoming out and such just as with any keyboard, but the loud click isn’t there.

We hope cube-mates and significant others around the world will rejoice at the promise of newly found peace.

Short Supply
The other important thing about the Pro Silent is that for the time being, these are only available in a very short limited edition. With only about 150 or so of these Pro Silent keyboards available, I suggest you order yours as soon as possible. The logic behind a short run is to see how our customers like them and to gather feedback. We’re committed to the best Das Keyboard experience possible, which means sometimes we need to try new things out.

So if you think you or that person next to you might appreciate a Das Keyboard without the “click,” check out the Model S Pro Silent!

So what do you think? Are you interested in the Pro Silent? Do you have a working or personal relationship that could improve with a quieter Das Keyboard?

Price of Model S to stay the same

Hello Das Keyboard fans! As you have no doubt heard or seen, the new Das Keyboard Model S is available now in our US Store and will ship at the end of the month. You can read the official press release here. (It should be available in Europe around the first of November.)

We hear very often how some fans really want a Das Keyboard, but they can’t always afford it. We’ve had many discussions about this; the unfortunate bottom line is the only way to get the cost of Das Keyboard down at this point is to compromise quality, which we won’t do. But since our fans are priority number 1, we’re always thinking of you!

You may have been happy to see that the new, improved Model S is priced at $129, the same cost as its predecessor. Given the added features and functionality, packing more awesome keyboard into the same price is our way of saying “thank you” for being a fan and showing we care and understand.

Also, as another way of showing the love, we’re discounting all the remaining current Professionals to $109. We hope this will allow our fans who couldn’t quite afford a new keyboard the opportunity to get a brand new Das Keyboard Professional. A minor warning though, once the stock runs out on the current model of Professional, that’s it. We’re not making any more!

Remember, every single keyboard sold through the Das Keyboard webstore or by an authorized dealer comes with the full guarantee!

So I’m curious; how many of you have been waiting for the new Model S to come out before getting a Das Keyboard? Any other comments?

Is Das Keyboard Das Solution?

I came across the following blog post by Smartalix on the Dvorak Uncensored blog. The post itself is a few years old now, and the picture isn’t for the current model of Das Keyboard, but I think the questions he asks are just as valid now. Everything below is from the original post:

Will having to memorize the keys improve your typing?

Das Keyboard 2 is an enhanced 104-key USB PC keyboard equipped with blank keys mounted on precision, gold-plated mechanical key switches that offer a distinct, tactile click feeling. Accoring to the manufacturer, the blank computer keys will evoke a feel similar to a piano. Following that logic, since users cannot look at the keys while typing, their brains adapt and memorize the key positions, which should result in faster and more accurate typing. In addition to its unique appearance, Das Keyboard 2 was designed to enable users to produce greater speed by providing responsive, tactile feedback. The keyboard’s home keys F and J are shaped with an increased curvature so the user’s index fingers find their home position easily.

I know people who touch-type, but still look at the keyboard for the location of function keys. Can a person memorize every key as well as its shift and alt functions?

“Das Keyboard 2 was designed for really demanding users, people who spend many hours every day in front of a computer,” said Birgit Guermeur, product manager for Das Keyboard. “If typing productivity and comfort matter to you, then this keyboard is for you.” Manufactured by the highly respected Cherry Corporation, Das Keyboard 2 is built from premium mechanical key switch technology and its keys are factory-tested to withstand up to 50 million keystrokes. The keyboard’s gold-plated contacts, arranged crosswise, ensure high contact pressure and low resistance for excellent switching reliability.

I don’t know about this, I’d love to have a well-made keyboard with that nice adjustable keystroke feel that has letters I can see. According to the company, the predecessor was quite popular. Any Das Keyboard [1] users out there who can tell me how much they like it?


So, now that a few years have passed since this post was originally written, what do you have to say? How would you answer his questions?

Call for Ideas

Hello Das Keyboard fans!

We got such a great response when we asked about which mouse goes best with Das Keyboard that we wanted to ask another question to give you a chance to affect what we discuss here.

The question is this: What ideas do you have for topics or articles that would compliment Das Keyboard?

As an example, we had a posting about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome recently, which lends itself well to those interested in typing or keyboards. Another example may be an article about ergonomics, or efficiency, or anything else that could “go with” Das Keyboard.

If you have or have found an article you think would work, please post the link below. If you have a photo, video, or other material that would be appropriate but isn’t already online, please send it to community@daskeyboard.com.

So now I leave it to you; what topics compliment Das Keyboard?
(PS, we’re still working on the mouse thing; some issues with manufacturers and others is slowing the process down)

What are your tips for typing 100+ WPM?

As you can imagine, one of our passions here at Das Keyboard is for really fast typing. We love that Das Keyboard has helped so many people to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing skills and we’re always looking for ways to help more. I came across a great post by David Turnbull with his 9 tips for How to Type 100+ Words Per Minute. These are quoted directly from his site:

  1. Feel the location of keys. If you can’t feel the location of keys whilst typing slowly then you won’t be able to type fast. Close your eyes and try to type out your full name. Go as slow as you need to. Repeat this exercise until you can identify every key by touch. Touch typing is the foundation of speed.
  2. Switch to DVORAK. Like most people I use the QWERTY keyboard setup, but this setup is actually designed to slow down typing (it goes back to the days of typewriters). DVORAK is meant to be the fastest keyboard layout to use and if you’re serious about typing fast you should definitely look into it. Some people claim making the switch doesn’t make a huge difference, but at the very least your fingers will be moving less and therefore less likely to strain.
  3. Use the DAS Keyboard Ultimate. Whilst it’s not available as a DVORAK keyboard, this is still a pretty nice looking piece of hardware. It claims to be the best keyboard for typing, which is obviously debatable, but the cool thing is, the keys aren’t labelled. They’re all just flat, black surfaces. This means you’re forced to memorise the location of keys.
  4. Play the piano. One of the first instruments I learned to play was the piano. I was never particularly brilliant at it, but the skills required are similar to that of typing on a computer keyboard: speed, accuracy and finding the location of keys. Sure, the most “pure” type of practice will be with a computer keyboard, but playing the piano will less likely induce boredom.
  5. Have something to type. The only times I type slowly are when I’m trying to tackle writer’s block. It’s my brain that’s moving slowly, not my fingers. Have something clear in your mind that you want to type before trying to clear 100+ words per minute.
  6. Beware of traditional typing tests. Tests that determine your typing speed have a major flaw: they require you to read. I’m certainly no speed reader, but I’m not slow either, yet it still takes me a second to “process” the sentences I read in a typing test, and then I have to regurgitate them on the keyboard.
  7. Typing tests 2.0. Back in high school, we’d occasionally be in the library where our teacher would dictate information we had to type into a Word document. I found this to be the best typing test available. There’s little thought required and, unlike in a traditional typing test, your thoughts aren’t jumping ahead to the words you have to write in the future (because you don’t know what they are). It’s a very “in the moment” test of typing speed.
  8. Practice with substance. Don’t try to improve your typing speed by typing out some lame sentence over and over again. Start a blog or novel that makes typing both interesting and engaging. There’s no single moment where I thought “wow, I can type fast!” I was simply always typing something that I found interesting and my speed progressed naturally.
  9. You don’t need to follow conventions. In primary school there was a chart on the wall that displayed where you should place your fingers on the keyboard. I ignored it. Whilst I’m sure these diagrams have value, I feel it’s best to just do what feels natural. If typing doesn’t feel natural for you at all then maybe use these types of diagrams as a starting point, but don’t feel constricted by them.

Thanks to David for his tips above. I was, or course, both appreciative and honored that Das Keyboard made it in as number 3. But this also got me thinking; how many other tips are out there for improving your typing speed? So I wanted to ask you; what tips or tricks have you learned and/or used to increase your typing speed? Have you been able to get it over 100 WPM?

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