Das Keyboard vs IBM Model M: The Clickity-Clack Showdown

The Das Keyboard is often compared to the IBM Model M for both its clickiness and tactile feedback. We frequently get people asking us about the difference in feel and sound between the Cherry MX Blues in our Das Keyboard and the buckling springs in the Model M. We shot a video comparing the sound of both keyboards, complete with audio waveforms. Be prepared for some “louder than life” clicks, we put the microphone right by the keyboards to get the loudest, clearest sound possible.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.

11 Comments


  1. Das Keyboard is still the winner!!! Model M sounds dull. Das is clicker! My ultimate edition is going to come any day now! Can’t wait!


  2. Enjoy your keyboard! Let us know what you think when you get it. 🙂


  3. What is make/model is the Model M keyboard clone you are using in that comparison?



  4. That’s a Unicomp Spacesaver M, not a classic IBM Model M. But it’s very, very close to the Model M in sound and feel, so I guess it’s an acceptable substitute for this purpose. The classic (heavier) Model M is a bit lower pitch but has the same hollow clack. Das Keyboard has a higher-pitched snap and requires a softer press with less slam at the bottom.


  5. Model S Ultimate.  In the mail.  Taking too long.  Hurry up.   🙂


  6. Unicomp sounds better… I’m sorry ;(


  7. No need to apologize! They do sound different and people will always have their preference. My only complaint was the track mouse in the middle of the Unicomp keyboard kept messing up my typing. 


  8. A true IBM model M keyboard is the one that made by IBM during the early stage of the IBM PC line of personal computer (1984). The part number is 1391401. They have the grey IBM logo at the top left of the model M keyboard. Later on, IBM let Lexmark to make model M for IBM.  They have the blue IBM logo. Unicomp spacesaver M is not an IBM model M spacesaver. IBM model M spacesaver does not have the numeric pad on the right hand side.  Buckling Spring or MX blue. They are good keyboards if you type a lot.
    It is just a matter of time that I shall spend $129 for a Das keyboard.


  9. Oh my god… You should look at the unicomp product list dude. The keyboard with mouse track is actually more expensive than the one with no mouse track. You can order the one with no mouse track too. dude dude dude

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