My Das Keyboard Professional arrived today and I’m typing on it right now. I didn’t need a new keyboard. I was perfectly content with the Apple Aluminum keyboards I use at home and office. But you know how it goes, someone on the Interwebs starts talking about a cool new Das Keyboard and how much they like the old clicky sounding keys and so on. Next thing you know, WANT! At $130, it’s not cheap, but my hands are on or near a keyboard for 8+ hours every day – why would I go cheap? I ordered one, and a set of Mac (Command and Option) keys to replace the default Windows keys. Replacing the keys was simple and quick.
The keyboard feels terrific. No frills, no silly multi-media keys, LCDs, or anything unnecessary. It’s a high quality, thoughtful design. And noisy. There’s no way I could use this every day in the office. Metadot, the maker of Das Keyboard, does offer a set of earplugs for sale, for just such a situation but the odds of that being a real solution is pretty slim.
If you prefer the mechanical, tactile feel of the old style IBM or Apple Keyboard IIs, the Das Keyboard Professional is a darn nice option. They also make an “Ultimate” version with no markings on the keys. I don’t have to fly my geek flag quite that high, though.