Review: Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is a solid mechanical-switch keyboard
Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:39 AM
Current Apple keyboards use a scissor switch mechanism. Now, it's true that these keyswitches are not as satisfying as the large, clicky keyswitches Das Keyboard uses, but they are keyswitches nonetheless.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:48 AM
At first I simply found myself pressing the space bar whenever I tried to type a keyboard shortcut with the command key. Eventually I retrained myself to reach even farther for the command key, but after less than a week of using this keyboard I developed severe RSI pain in my left thumb from all the extra straining. I stopped using the keyboard and the pain eventually went away.
It's such a shame because this really was an awesome keyboard... it just isn't a Mac keyboard (despite the key markings).
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:49 AM
My neighbor at work picked up a Das for his Mac. After a few of us laughed at him for how loud his typing is, I gave it a shot. Five minutes later, I snagged two up from Amazon, one for home and one for the office. I also grabbed some new headphones (noise canceling, naturally). I love the mechanical response of the keys and the sound quality of my headphones is fantastic. My neighbors don't seem too pleased, though.
Two weeks later, I was awarded "Best Real Life Troll, 2012."
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:22 AM
The amazingly excellent and slightly inaccurately named KeyRemap4MacBook preference pane [ http://pqrs.org/maco...yremap4macbook/ ] (works with any Mac), along with its companion software PCKeyboardHack, allow you to reassign the PC Das Keyboard keys to exactly mimic any generation of Mac keyboard you like, including making the PC menu key function as a Fn key. It also supports all kinds of custom keyboard layouts, including Dvorak and Colemak layouts as well as vi keybindings and caps-lock disabling.
I went with the PC version rather than the Mac version because I found it on sale for $65 vs. $133. Even spending $12 on blank keycaps to replace the Windows symbol cap, I saved money. I'm very, very happy with the keyboard.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:04 PM
These use 'buckling spring' switches; and have quite a cult following.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:38 PM
The round nubbin in the center of the scissor is the membrane. The membrane provides the resistive force, while the scissor is the hinge which allows the key to move but not pop off or twist.
This post has been edited by technologist: 04 December 2012 - 01:43 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:22 PM