Fans have asked for a Das Keyboard with media functionality for a while now, so we answered their requests. Das Keyboard is pleased to announce the release of the new Professional Model S with Media Keys.
With these new features, users can enjoy:
- Quick access to volume controls during Skype conversations, Google+ hangouts, and Google video chats.
- Convenient play/pause, stop, previous/next track and volume buttons
- Saving energy with the new sleep button
And as always, all keyboards include:
- Mechanical gold-plated key switches
- 2 USB hubs
- Extra-long USB cable
- Full n-key rollover
Just like the previous Model S, two key switches are available: Click Pressure Point (MX Cherry Blue- previously used with Model S Professional) as well as Soft Pressure Point (MX Cherry Brown- previously used with Model S Professional Silent).
Beginning today, our Professional Model S for Mac (updated) mechanical keyboards are on sale at our store. In our Back to School Promotion, you will:
1. Save $20 on Professional Model S for Mac keyboards.
2. Experience the #1 Top-Rated Keyboard on Amazon.
3. Feel great about our 30-Day money back guarantee.
Note: Ends on
August 31st Sept. 15. 2012.
Das Keyboard’s Model S Professional keyboard is currently the #1 Top Rated keyboard by Amazon.com customers. Since May, Das Keyboard has maintained an outstanding customer rating, averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars. Due to this great response, the team at Das Keyboard would like to personally thank our dedicated fans for sharing their appreciation of Das Keyboard products and writing such excellent reviews. The most common feedback is by reviewers is how much they enjoy the responsiveness of the keys, paired with the tactile feedback. Others mention that, ”it is solid, well built and hefty,” and note that, ”even though it’s been several years, it still works and looks like it’s brand new.” The makers of Das Keyboard strive to exceed customer expectations by providing the highest-quality typing experience, and are glad to see that they are on the right track.
Do you use a Das Keyboard yet? There are many advantages to making the switch, so we have put together a list showing why your boss should buy you a Das Keyboard for your desk.
Productivity = All-Around Happiness
Incredibly fast keyboard response time allows you to complete tasks quickly. The addictive click will inspire you to type, and its intuitive feel makes typing feel like second nature. What boss doesn’t want things done by yesterday?
It’s Stylish and Versatile
Das Keyboard’s sleek look fits with any office design. Each key is laser-etched to prevent fading, so your keyboard will look brand new forever. It’s been proven that good office aesthetics inspire quality work and performance. Do you work in a mac environment? We have a keyboard for that! Need a quieter keyboard? We have a less-clicky version. Want to improve your wpm? Try our blank keyboard.
Last week, a follower named Chris, tweeted to us at @daskeyboard:
Attention every hardware manufacturer ever: learn from @daskeyboard.
(This picture was included with the tweet.)
Sound Improves Mood
Our audible tactile click makes typing joyful. Of course it’s hard to describe in a blog post, so you should check it out yourself.
Listen to the difference between our clicky vs. silent keyboards here:
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee & Excellent Support
We want your boss to be happy with his or her investment, so Das Keyboard offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Our acclaimed support team is just a click away, located on this page: http://www.daskeyboard.com/support/.
So there you have it: five reasons why your boss should buy you a Das Keyboard. If we had to pick two most important reasons they would be happiness and productivity, because every boss is concerned with getting things done in the best environment possible for their employees.
Send this URL to your boss, and if he buys you one – tweet about it for a chance to win a Das Keyboard T-Shirt.
Think of more reasons why your boss should buy you a Das Keyboard? Leave it in a comment below.
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.
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?
Have 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.
If 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:
- 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.)
- enter our raffle. (Winner will be announced Thursday, March 15th at 3pm at our booth and via Twitter: @daskeyboard.)
We look forward to seeing you there.
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.