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.

Disinfecting Your Das Keyboard to Avoid Catching Cooties

Properly disinfecting the Das KeyboardIt’s not always possible to avoid people who are sick since they will still go to work, to school, or out in public. While hand sanitizer can help, you can’t pour it on everything, and that includes your computer keyboard. At work, school, or home, it’s not uncommon for someone else to have a cause to use your computer. With scary statistics like the UK study that found a computer keyboard that had 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria, it’s important to think about disinfecting your keyboard to avoid catching illnesses.

We know you want to keep your Das Keyboard looking good, which is why we’ve advised on the best methods for keyboard cleaning. Some chemicals can damage the plastic or leave a hazy film that leads to instant cleaning regret. Because of this, we tested a few wipes to see how they would impact the Das Keyboard.

When testing the disinfectant wipes,  we squeezed any extra liquid out first and then wiped down both the keys and the case. We then wiped down the area with a dry micro fiber cloth. After letting it sit for a week, we did it again. The only issue we encountered was lint left behind by the disinfecting cloths. Finishing with a dry micro fiber cloth not only dries the keyboard, but also helps clean up the leftover lint.

For our tests, we used antibacterial hand and face wipes, and disinfectant wipes that primarily contained ammonium chloride or benzalkonium chloride. Keep in mind our tests were specific to Das Keyboard, different keyboards use different types of plastic and some are more sensitive to chemicals than others. Always check with the manufacturer before using any chemical on your keyboard.

We didn’t ruin any keyboards in this test, but recommend the following tips if you try this yourself:

  • Unplug the keyboard before disinfecting it.
  • Squeeze out any excess liquids from the cloth to avoid liquid dripping into the keyboard.
  • Don’t let any liquid from the wipe sit for long periods of time on the keyboard.
  • Don’t scrub the keyboard, just lightly wipe down. Rubbing too hard leaves behind more lint.
  • Avoid cleansing cloths that contain bleach.

Happy Holidays to Our Customers from Metadot!

We’ve almost reached the end of 2011 and while it feels like the year flew by way too fast, we’re excited to ring in 2012. The Metadot team, the people behind Mojo Helpdesk, Das Keyboard, Montastic, and typrX, thanks you for your continuous support. We wish y’all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Enjoy this video of an Angry Birds Christmas Light setup:

 

(Cross-posted from the Metadot blog.)

Typing Through Time: Chapter Three – The History and Evolution of Keyboard Layouts

Typing Through Time
In the next installment of Typing Through Time, The History and Evolution of Keyboard Layouts are explored. Did you know that some keys we take for granted didn’t initially exist? Learn more about the history and evolution of keyboard layouts in the Third Chapter of the series, and let us know what you think. We’ll be updating this series in the future with more chapters.

Typing Through Time is in the format of a research paper, and focuses strictly on the history of typing devices. Please comment with your input, thoughts, and/or anything you feel we left out. Typing Through Time is a draft that we will continuously be adding to and are open to revisions, so please comment your feedback.

Win Awesome Gaming Hardware with Das Keyboard’s 12 Days of Christmas Photo Contest

Das Keyboard's 12 Days of Christmas Contest
Christmas is almost here and in celebration, we’re giving away over $1000 in gaming hardware.

To Enter:

  1. Create a photo that best represents one of the 12 Days of Christmas.
  2. Submit your photo on the Christmas Photo Contest tab on our Facebook page.
  3. Ask your friends and family to visit the Das Keyboard Facebook page and vote for your photo. The three photos with the most votes win.

Don’t remember each day from the song? Here’s the list:

  • 12 Drummers Drumming
  • 11 Pipers Piping
  • 10 Lords-a-Leaping
  • 9 Ladies Dancing
  • 8 Maids-a-Milking
  • 7 Swans-a-Swimming
  • 6 Geese-a-Laying
  • 5 Gold Rings
  • 4 Calling Birds
  • 3 French Hens
  • 2 Turtle Doves, and
  • A Partridge in a Pear Tree

We know it can be hard to find 7 swans or 12 drummers, so feel free to use photo editing software to make your photo the best it can be.

To win:
The photos with the most votes win. Visit the Das Keyboard Facebook page to vote for your favorite photos. If you enter, don’t forget to have your friends and family vote for your photo to help you win. All entries and votes must be submitted by 12/20/2011. We’ll tally the votes and announce the winners on our blog 12/22/2011. Contest limited to the US only.

Prizes:

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Das KeyboardKlipsch Speaker System
Das KeyboardSennheiser Headset for Pro Gaming
Das Keyboard
Das Keyboard and a Klipsch HD 500 Compact 5.1 Home Speaker System
($735 value)
Das Keyboard and a Sennheiser PC 360 Headset for Pro Gaming
($435 value)
Das Keyboard
($135 value)

 

Enter to win Das Keyboard’s 12 Days of Christmas Photo Contest.

Race Your Friends with typrX’s New Private Race Feature

As much fun as it is to compete with strangers online, competing with your friends is even better. That’s why we are excited to announce the launch of typrX’s Private Race feature. If you’ve never tried typrX, you should check out our online, real-time typing race app. It’s a great way to practice typing and now it is possible to create a private race and compete with your friends, all around the world.

Private typing races on typrX

Once you have a typrX account, creating a private race is simple. Click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page. From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race. If the count down clock starts ticking down and someone hasn’t made it to the race, simply click the Delay countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock. You can add up to 60 seconds to the countdown clock to ensure everyone has a chance to log in before the race begins.

Each time a private race is created a track code is also created. This is another way to invite your friends to join a private race. Just click the Join Private Race button on the front page of typrX and enter the track code to join the race. It’s that simple. Click the My Profile link at the top of the page and you can upload a photo to be displayed each time you race.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter as we’ll be hosting private races randomly throughout the week and announcing them from @daskeyboard. We’d love to see you online and can’t wait to leave you in the dust.

Check out typrX now and compete with friends in a private race.

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