LAUNCH: Das Keyboard II – the ultimate typing machine

Typing on a keyboard with mechanical key switches is like driving a BMW. Das Keyboard II, our new product is the ultimate typing machine. With gold-plated mechinical key switches it is simply the most comfortable and precise keyboard you can buy today. A must for the real programmers.

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  1. Is there a chance of seeing a full Mac keyboard layout at any point? I have a friend with a Das on his PC and it feels amazing, but I need the full f1-f16 keyset and I’d like the volume and eject keys that Macs use.


  2. F12 is the eject key. The option/command/control keys are working fine on the Mac.


  3. Any chance of making one like this in an ergonomic version like the Natural keyboards?


  4. Unfortunately there is no plan for that at this point.


  5. Hard to tell from the photos on the Das Keyboard site…

    Does the keyboard have a front-to-back slope, or is it one of those “flat” style keyboards you see more of these days?


  6. There is a slop + rectractable stands under the keyboard.


  7. What about the version without the dreaded Win keys? Regular 101, PLEASE?


  8. I’d love to see a UK keymap variant – we have an extra key by the left shift and the enter key spans two rows…

    Until then I’ll have to stick with the Model M which while loud isn’t as noisy as an Alps-switched Mattias Pro (Also annoying US-only layout)

    [)amien


  9. I don’t like these shift-like enter. I like the anter to be like this one.

    BTW I haven’t seen any american keyboard with an enter like that, is this some kind of a cultural difference?


  10. I finally got a Das Keyboard II – I was the first to pick one up at the local Microcenter down here in Houston, Texas…

    It’s USB, so I just plugged it into my PC, and it worked, just like it should. For your non-touch typist friends, you can keep a PS/2 keyboard plugged in at the same time. The two work fine together (at least on Windows XP)

    Been typing on it for a few hours this afternoon. Impressions:

    * Key action is great – the touch is a little lighter and the click slighly more muted than the classic IBM buckling spring action.

    * I’m a fairly decent touch-typist, so I’m having few problems finding keys.

    * I’m making my own ‘touch rules’ for finding the F-keys, Copy/Cut/Past, Ins/Del/Home/Up, etc. A little slower now, but you’re not constantly looking down and losing your place on the screen.

    Plusses:
    * Great action
    * OK weight
    * Home keys easy to find
    * “Cut-out” in Caps Lock makes it harder to hit (I never hit that key intentionally)

    Minuses:
    * Tiny rubber feet on the bottom. Skids around more than I’d like.

    Wishes:
    * Custom key cap for Insert, with either a horizontal cut-out or a lower profile to make it harder to hit. I only hit that key by accident, when going for Delete.


  11. Since the said Das Keyboard II is such a great device, with such heavenly praises, I wonder why the enthusiastic presenters of the Keyboard should choose to keep us in the dark! Why not show us a colourful Image of this Keyboard, so that those of us new to it, can see what you are talking about? If you still can, please show the picture. Then let us know which Systems can accept the Keyboard; -Windows? Mac? Lynux? etc, and what the main advantages are. Thank you.


  12. OK Here’s another product i’m hoping you could look into– a keyboard with the same Das Keyboard clicking response, but with characters on the key that’s illuminated, ie. back-lit like a Powerbook/MacBook Pro’s keys, and also like a Mobile/Cell phone. I for one would be think that would be *the ultimate* keyboard.


  13. Das Keyboard — Thoughts after one month

    Well, I’ve had my Das for about a month, and the keyboard feel is still excellent. Here are my feelings about the Das’s suitability for various applications:

    General Word Processing: A+
    Nothing beats the Das for plain typing.

    Programming: B
    You really start becoming aware of the right pinky overload. All the special programming characters are heavily right-hand biased, like {} [], (), <>, /\
    I started doing comments /* */ from the numeric keypad, but that requires a hand shift.
    Note that these are common problems with all 104-key keyboards. You just are more aware of them when exclusively touch-typing.

    Excel/Spreadsheet: C
    Doing formulas, like =0.5*(5/12), becomes harder to do by touch only, because of the right-hand shifts between the =() characters and the numeric keypad.
    Using numbers from the top row may be the way to go, but you still have / and . to hunt for if you don’t use the numeric keypad.
    You wish that they put their ‘scooped’ keys on the 4 and 7 on the top row, as well as Insert and Num Lock, for an even more tactile layout.

    Overall: B
    Getting used to the basic layout is surprisingly easy. I thought I was a touch-typist, but I discovered I looked at the keyboard a lot for the right-pinky keys and right hand shifts to the cursor keys and numeric keypad.
    Any touch-typist, competent or not, can expect to get comfortable with the basics quickly. But you may have a longer adjustment period memorizing the position of the lesser-used keys, particularly on the right-hand side.
    But that’s true of learning to touch-type on any 104-key standard layout keyboard.


  14. interesting what you said for programmers. using several shortcuts while debugging is out of holding your hands the normal way – thus it can get more difficult without seeing the keys.

    aside from that Das Keyboard II looks exactly like my cherry keyboard from 1996. it still works today and ive never experienced a more comfortable one. no unnecessary extra keys, no missing INS key (lookout for that “fear-ture” on nowadays keyboards) and absolutely optimized for touching, rather than look+peck.

    if i would have a place where many ppl are around id definitly get this keyboard 🙂


  15. Any one got a mp3 recording for the Das keyboard sound?


  16. Are the keys weighted like the orginal?


  17. Keys are not weighted. This is a new mechanical switch with gold-plated contacts. It’s clicky like the old IBM model M. The tactile feel is just incredible.


  18. I am using my DAS for the 1st time on my mac. It feels just great but the option and control buttons are swapped around.

    There are little apps that help.
    ucontrol and doubleCommand.


  19. Any chance of a space saver version? I’m a big fan of the original IBM Model M 84-key space saver keyboard and would love to see a modern replacement that doesn’t cost $250 (ala the Happy Hacking Professional series).

    [ although I DID purchase the HHKB Pro 🙂 ]

    I plan on painting (vinyl dye) one of my Model M space savers soon.


  20. I’ve been using the Das Keyboard II for over 4 months now, and coming from a IBM Model M, it’s a nice improvement. I use a Dell keyboard at work though, which allows me to compare both in a daily basis.
    I consider myself a pretty fast touch typist, doing around 50 ppm in english and about 58 in spanish. What slows me down though, is to find the F and J keys. Once I’m set, it’s fast, but I wish I had the notches like in the other keyboards. I’ve even considered gluing a little something to these keys, so I can emulate the notches’ feel. The difference between the F/J keys to the rest is pretty subtle, so when ie. my hands are cold, it takes me a while to differentiate between them (2 seconds).

    To follow up a previous comment about two keyboards working simultaneously, on Linux they both work fine.

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