Have you heard about the new Das Keyboard “Model S”?

UPDATE: picture added!

Das Keyboard Model S Pro

Hello Das Keyboard fans! Perhaps you’ve seen the flurry of twitter, blog, and other internet activity about the next version of the Das Keyboard, the “Model S,” to finally make an appearance. As Community Manager, it’s my distinct privilege to confirm that the rumors are true; Das Keyboard Model S is on the horizon and available now for pre-sale! You can read the official press release here.

The new Model S will be available in the Professional (lettered) and Ultimate (blank) models, just as with the last version.

To be clear, we’re expecting the new models to be ready for shipment at the end of the month, but until we have them in our hands, we can’t give specific dates.
Update: the Model S is available now to order and will ship at the end of October!
For now, I thought you might like to know a few tidbits about the new model. The new Model S is pretty similar in appearance to its predecessor, with a few upgrades:

  • Media Funtions! At long last you can control your computer with mute, volume, play/pause, stop, previous track, next track, and sleep funtions
  • Two USB connectors! One powers the keyboard and the other connects to the familiar built-in USB hub
  • External PS/2 Adapter! Now you have your choice between USB and PS/2
  • N-Key Rollover enhanced! PS/2 gives you FULL n-key rollover! USB provides 6-key rollover
  • KVM Switch Compatibility! No more KVM issues!
  • Laser-etched lettering on the DK-S Pro! No more letters wearing off from heavy use.

I promise to get some photos up as soon as I can. Stay tuned for more details regarding our enhanced product line. We’ve got at least one more very interesting addition that certainly promises to get your attention. Pre-order your Das Keyboard Model S here!

What do you think of the upgrades to this version? How’d we do?

UPDATE: we got some great comments and questions below. I’ve been able to answer some of them; please read through them for the answers and let us know if you have other comments or questions!

25 Comments


  1. I just ordered the previous version last night, and it just shipped so I can’t cancel the order. Damnit!


  2. Yum! Do you have photos?

    Das Keyboard Response: We’re in the process of taking some proper photos and will get those up ASAP. Hopefully by the start of next week!


  3. “Two USB connectors! One powers the keyboard and the other connects to the familiar built-in USB hub”

    Dose this mean that the keyboard has two cords? (or two ends on one cord)

    Das Keyboard Response: One cord with 2 ends (we didn’t want to add to the cord spaghetti mess!)


  4. So that’s why the reorder is taking so long. I noticed that the product description noted: “Das Keyboard Ultimate, model S, is a PC keyboard sporting best-in-class.” Does this mean it’s not compatible with OSX?


  5. I’ve been waiting for this, since the Euro-layout DASkeyboard has been out of stock from Getdigital for months.
    I’m also wondering if there’s ever going to be an Euro version with lettering (AKA Pro), I’ve been yearning for one.
    The new version sounds great, but is there going to be any love for us Europeans?

    Das Keyboard Response: Of course! We love Europe! (How could we not love you with your significantly superior chocolate, wine, cheese, castles, healthcare, trains, and public transportation?)

    Beginning in November, the new Model S should be available to Europe through Getdigital.de. (they’re not there yet)
    The Model S Ultimate in Europe will have the European 105-key layout; the Model S Professional in Europe will be available in the US, UK, and German versions.


  6. Well, hopefully I’ll be able to order this one. Cause I’ve been waiting for a DK Ultimate for *months*. The european shop doesn’t have them in stock. 🙁

    Improvements sound good. I’m not a big fan of multimedia buttons though. You know what would be really nice? A version without the numeric key block. That would make the use of the mouse easier on the arm.


  7. I noticed from the preorder pictures that the Fn key replaces the Left Windows key. Can this key be reverted back to Windows key funtionality? I use Left Win-E continuously.

    Das Keyboard: I checked with everyone I could think of to make sure on this; the answer is that unfortunately, the FN key cannot be remapped. This is due to the wiring inside the keyboard that allows it to enable the media functions on the other keys when pressed. We apologize if this causes any frustration; we greatly appreciate your feedback and will definitely take it into account moving forward! It may not be the best solution for everyone, but now that the Model S has launched, the last version of Professional that does have a left windows key has been discounted to $109.


  8. love the look of the new “S” I might suggest that someone take a look at the old Northgate Omnikeys with the “F” keys on the side…like the IBM M’s this was one of the very best KB around…


  9. I’ve read some slight durability/finish knocks against Das (not just the key caps). What does the S do to improve that?

    Das Keyboard: You’re right that the new keycaps for the Model S Pro have been upgraded (they’re lasered on, so no more wearing away). The finish is definitely glossy, but the keyboard also comes with a cloth to wipe down the frame to keep it shiny. (I find I rarely use mine; my keyboard doesn’t get any dustier than any other surface in my home and unless you have a spotlight at the perfect angle, fingerprints, while definitely there, aren’t terribly obvious.) For the durability, I asked around and we’ve never had any keyboards returned because the keyboard wasn’t durable; in fact, we often get comments on how the keyboard is strong and heavy enough to use as a shield or weapon (which we obviously don’t condone.) So the Model S is a newer, better, model; plus it comes with the same total warranty, so it’s easy to change your mind if you don’t like it. Hope that answers your question!


  10. Will the S USA or Euro-layout support Greek characters using a dead key for accents?


  11. Honestly I was a little put off when I read the Media Functions bullet point. I was soured against the concept of media keys ever since I used a board that required the normal F-key functionality to be toggled on after every power-up, so I could actually hit Alt-F4 instead of ejecting my optical drive or whatnot.

    I notice no new buttons were added to the layout. Does the introduction of media keys in any way change the generated keycodes, or does this just mean it’ll come with software to enable it on windows and that the Professional version keycaps are updated? That is, can I safely *ignore* this functionality?

    On a separate matter, I’m curious as to why the rollover depends on PS/2 vs USB. But it doesn’t matter to me so long as the annoying letter-reordering bug (keys pressed within 100ms of one another come out in a predetermined order) is fixed in this version.


  12. I read about the DAS in the developer community (I am a developer, too). The missing of the left win-Key (or cmd functionality on Mac) will be really inconvenient…If you dont want to add a seperate FN-key then I think most of us would prefer to have the right Win-Key replaced.

    Thanks


  13. I probably keep my old DK, this Model S seems to be not OSX friendly. That Fn key interferece with my control key unless there is tool to re-map those key.


  14. Yes my problem is that I am programming under mac os too. I am waiting over two months now with patience.



  15. How come the PS2 connection provides full n-key rollover, but the USB connection does not? I’d have thought with USB being the more modern technology it would be more capable of handling such things…

    Regardless, I can’t wait to get my hands on one!


  16. I’m confused; why would two USB connectors be an “upgrade”? I’d rather not have to dedicate two connectors on the computer or hub I plug the keyboard into in order to use the keyboard.

    Das Keyboard: Good question! In the previous model, the power that came through the single USB connection has to be shared by the keyboard itself, plus the 2 items plugged into the hub. This meant that there often wasn’t enough power for those USB devices like phones. With 2 connectors, the power isn’t spread so thin. If you don’t want to use the built-in USB hub, you can leave that connector unplugged and only use the 1 connector to connect your keyboard. Hope that helps!


  17. I would like to hear a response to the questions on whether the Fn key can be reverted back to a left Windows key, I use left Windows constantly.

    Das Keyboard: This took a little longer to answer because I checked with everyone I could think of to be sure on this; the answer is unfortunately, that the FN key cannot be remapped. This is due to the wiring inside the keyboard that allows it to enable the media functions on the other keys when pressed. We apologize if this causes any frustration; we greatly appreciate your feedback and will definitely take it into account moving forward! It may not be the best solution for everyone, but now that the Model S has launched, the last version of Professional that does have a left windows key has been discounted to $109.


  18. I too would like a Mac specific version.



  19. I think that Das Keyboard constructors should consult the community before a new model is designed and its specifications are fixed.

    I say this because I clearly consider the removal of the left Windows key functionality and the added multimedia keys a disadvantage despite there are improvements.


  20. Regarding the new media key that replaces the Windows key in hard-wiring… is anyone concerned with the design of these keyboards actually using these?! It takes not a lot to notice that this will be a serious downgrade due to crippling of functionality. At least you could have offered a switch on the bottom side of the keyboard.

    One other question. In the fifth comment, it is mentioned that “The Model S Ultimate in Europe will have the European 105-key layout”. I really, really hope that European customers still get the choice between the 104 and the 105-key layout, i.e. that both versions are being shipped overseas!
    Back in August I ordered the 104-key layout and haven’t received a keyboard yet. I would be sincerely disappointed to have waited so long and only receive a 105-key layout version! That might actually prompt me to return the keyboard, and – having heard so many good things about Das Keyboard otherwise – I really wouldn’t want to do that.

    Das Keyboard: Thank you for your feedback about the FN key; it’s only through feedback from our great customers that we can learn and work to always improve the Das Keyboard Experience!

    I checked to make sure and yes, both the 104- and 105-key layouts of the Model S Ultimate will be available in Europe. Thanks again for your feedback, please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, or concerns! community@daskeyboard.com


  21. The new version is really here! Media keys were something I missed on the IBM Model M. I have one question: has the character inversion issue been fixed?


  22. I need to complain about the missing left windows key too.

    You do realise that the windows key is typically used in conjunction with the following shortcuts:

    Win-E : opens Explorer
    Win-D : show desktop
    Win-R : run program

    I frequently type these shortcuts exclusivly with the left win key. I think most people would type these shortcuts this way too.

    It’s not really a matter of learning to use the right windows key either. I hate the right windows key and usually remap it to something else because it is useless.

    I think no matter what key you chose for your new function key – people were going to complain if there is no way to change the functionality back to what they were used to.

    That’s why I like blank keyboards. The keys can be whatever I want them to be, and you don’t have to get confused with what is written on the keys.

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