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Infographic – Get Time Back by Typing Faster

Get Time Back by Typing Faster
For many people, learning to type faster equates to improving video game performance or typing documents faster, though increasing typing speed has the overall benefit of saving time. Want to know if the amount of time saved by typing faster is significant? We determined how many documents could be entered at a typing speed of 30wpm, 60 wpm, and 90 wpm and then how much time was saved at each speed increase.

We found improving typing speed can have a dramatic impact on a person’s productivity, thereby saving a surprisingly large amount of time each week. Check out our infographic and leave a comment about how much time you’ve gotten back from typing faster.

Why a Keyboard and Mouse Provide a Better Gaming Experience

Keyboard are best for gaming

There is a great divide amongst gamers when it comes to console vs. PC gaming.  After much research and personal experience, we want to highlight how many games are better experienced with a keyboard and mouse than with a controller. While racing and fighting games are definitely easier to play with a controller, in general, first person shooters, role-playing games, real-time simulations and turn-based simulations provide a much better experience when the player is using a keyboard and mouse.

One of the best arguments for using a keyboard and mouse came when Microsoft started a project that would’ve let PC and Xbox gamers face-off. They brought together console gamers to play PC gamers at the same time to test this system. The end result was the PC gamers crushed the console gamers every time. As you can imagine, this would’ve been devastating to the Xbox, and the project was quickly dropped.

There are three major areas where the keyboard and mouse combo top controllers for gaming: precision aiming, keybinds/hotkeys, and macros.

Precision aiming is one of the biggest reasons to use a keyboard and mouse. Try aiming at a small point with a controller and then with a mouse. The mouse is much more precise and a faster way to pinpoint a target than a controller stick. Even with auto-aim enabled for the controller, most gamers find a mouse aims much quicker. When playing competitively, this is truly an instance where every second counts.

Keybinds or hotkeys are where the keyboard really shines in video games. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to controls, and which keys are most comfortable to use as action keys when gaming. This is evident in the typical use of the WASD keys to move characters in game. The keys are convenient and located in a way that the hand can strike each key with little movement. Some people prefer to use the ESDF keys for the same purpose. That’s what makes using a keyboard for gaming so great, it is easy to set up the keyboard the way you want it, which will always result in a better gaming experience.

The final argument for keyboard and mouse gaming is macros. Macros are a more complex version of key binds where instead of just 1 action being bound to a key, the user programs multiple actions. Not all games handle macros, but the ones that do often enable gamers to complete a wealth of tasks with a simple key stroke. A perfect situation for using a macro is when entering battle. Most players use the same items or the same actions in the same order with every mob they fight. By creating a macro that performs these actions in a particular order, it is possible to save time and be more efficient. Macros take a little time to setup, but the payoff is huge. Anyone is going to be quicker than a controller when they can press one button and cause a series of actions to occur.

We want to be clear that there are pluses and minuses to both console and PC gaming, much of which is dependent on the type of game and personal preference. How do you prefer to game?

Sign Up For the Das Keyboard Newsletter to Win a Pro Gaming Headset

Sign up for the Das Keyboard newsletter and win a Sennheiser headsetHave you signed up for the Das Keyboard newsletter to be the first to learn about the latest news, promotions, and product releases? If not, now is a perfect time to do so. Everyone who subscribes to the newsletter from March 20-28, 2012 will be automatically entered to win a Sennheiser PC 360 Headset (US only). The PC 360 is Sennheiser’s top-of-the-line, professional gaming headset. Pair these with a Das Keyboard to enjoy the ultimate gaming experience. Winner will be posted on Twitter on March 29, 2012.

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Experience the Feel of Das Keyboard at SXSW

Visit Das Keyboard at SXSWIf you are attending SXSW this year, say hello to the Das Keyboard team at our booth #635, 734. We will have plenty of keyboards to test out, so you can experience the feel of typing on a Das Keyboard. If you fall in love with a particular model right away, you will enjoy our special SXSW discount of 25% off plus free shipping.

Visitors can also win a Das Keyboard, and this is how:

  1. be one of our 2 fastest daily typists by participating in our typing races. (Winners will be announced at the end of each day and via Twitter:  @daskeyboard.)
  2. enter our raffle. (Winner will be announced Thursday,  March 15th at 3pm at our booth and via Twitter: @daskeyboard.)

Check out our SXSW Survival Guide. Whether you are looking for a spot with free Wi-Fi, a bite to eat, or some of the best local bars, we’ve got you covered with our guide to Austin.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Das Keyboard’s SXSW Survival Guide

SXSW is only a few weeks away and we at Das Keyboard are excited about once again participating in the Interactive Festival. For folks coming to town, it can be a bit overwhelming adjusting to the fast pace of SXSW in addition to finding your way around town. To help out, we’ve created a SXSW Survival Guide so you’ll know where to go for free Wi-Fi, good food, great drinks, and interesting experiences that best represent Austin.

If you’re coming to town for the event, make sure you visit our booth at the convention center. We’ll have plenty of Das Keyboards to try out. Type the fastest and win a Das Keyboard in our daily typrX typing races. There will also be plenty of Das Keyboard swag. Need we say more?

Check out our SXSW Survival Guide and experience some of the best of Austin. Think we missed a cool local establishment? Help us make this guide perfect by sharing your favorites in the comments section.

Visit the Das Keyboard SXSW Survival Guide

Visit our SXSW Survival Guide

Das Keyboard Love

It’s always a thrill to receive an email from a fan telling us how much they love the Das Keyboard.  We received the following email from Roland, our Das Keyboard Valentine of the day, and it’s nice to know the Das Keyboard inspires such praise.

Oh…my…god!

I freaking love you guys and gals over there! You have an amazing product that absolutely no review can do justice for!

I just received this keyboard after only a couple of days of waiting.

Crazy fast!

I will sing your praises until the end of time. AWESOME!

Your humble client for all times,
Roland

Fix That Squeaky Key on Your Mechanical Keyboard

Stabilizer bar underneath Spacebar

Squeaky keys are a common occurrence in keyboards, most often on the larger keys. This is often due to the stabilizer bar beneath the key cap needing to be lubricated. There are a variety of lubricant options and most work fine, but we recommend you avoid WD-40 and silicon sprays as they contain petroleum-based solvents that are known to damage plastic. Many people report success using either a white lithium grease or a synthetic grease like Super Lube. A squeaky key is an easy problem to fix and you can lubricate the key yourself by following the tips in the video below:

Update: Several people have reported to us that in order to fix their squeaky key, they lubricated the white plastic hooks underneath the key cap as they were rubbing against another plastic part. We recommend you try this if our suggestions don’t eliminate the squeak.

The Sound of Typing 155 WPM

Being a keyboard company, we often come across videos of people typing and have even posted several of our own. While it’s fun to see people using our keyboards, it’s rare for us to find a video of someone typing incredibly fast. Which is why when we found someone typing 155 wpm on a Das Keyboard online, we knew we had to share it. When you consider the average professional typist types between 50-80 wpm with some advanced typists reaching 120 wpm, 155 wpm is definitely above average.

The video is just sound, but if you have never heard someone type this fast, it’s impressive. Check out tgfcoder typing like a maniac and share what you think in the comments section below.

Das Keyboard Clicky vs Silent: The Video

We previously posted a video comparing the clickity-clack of the IBM Model M vs the Das Keyboard Clicky model. Since then, we received requests for more comparisons and decided it was time to put the Das Keyboard Clicky model up against the Das Keyboard Silent. The Silent brown switches are definitely more muted than the Clicky blue switches, but still give awesome, though quieter, tactile feedback as expected from a mechanical keyboard. We’ve included the sound waves so you can not only hear, but also see the difference in sound. Check out the video below and decide which one you prefer.

Das Keyboard Brings Clickity-Clack To the Mac

Das Keyboard for Mac

We are excited to announce the Das Keyboard for Mac. We received emails, tweets, and posts on our Facebook page from Mac users around the world begging us to make a keyboard just for them, and we had to accept the challenge. You can now enjoy the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Blue switches on a keyboard designed specifically for the Mac.

In addition to the award-winning Model S design, we’ve included the following features:

  • Best-in-class mechanical gold-plated key switches
  • Special keys
  • Brightness controls
  • Sleep function
  • Mac keys
  • Built-in USB hub
  • Ability to sync & charge your phone quicker
  • Extra-long USB cable
  • 6-key rollover

We are offerring 15% off all pre-orders for the Das Keyboard for Mac. Full retail price of $133 begins April 16, 2012. We have a limited quantity available for immediate shipping, and these will be sent on a first come, first served basis.

Learn more about all of the features of the Das Keyboard for Mac and pre-order now.

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