Remember the amazing sounds that USED to come from your keyboard as you gently (or not so gently) stroked the keys? Remember how your nerd senses started tingling like Spidey being approached by the Green Goblin? Remember how cool you used to feel when it SOUNDED like you could type really really fast?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to know two things. First, you are definitely a nerd. Second, you NEED a Das Keyboard. Why? Keep reading.
Let’s get the formalities out of the way. Das Keyboards come in 3 different styles: Professional, Ultimate, and Silent. They have gold-plated key switches, an incredibly fast response time (to keep up with even the fastest of typists), and 2 USB ports to make up for the two that are taken when plugging into your computer. How much different can the 3 designs really be?
The Professional looks nearly like any other keyboard, though, to me, the aesthetics of the sleek black design are more pleasing than most. The big difference, however, lies in the glorious sound it makes. According to the site, these keyboards are modeled after the IBM Model M, and the clacking and clicking is definitely reminiscent of just that.
The Silent looks quite the same as the Professional. However, if you have co-workers who tend to whine about the aforementioned glorious clacking of a proper keyboard, or you’re trying to sneak an essay in at the last minute somewhere (like, in the library, or worse: the classroom), you might prefer this particular design.
And now for the… well… Ultimate. It’s name truly does live up to it’s design. Imagine a world free from the chains of labels. A world where you’re unbound by the nagging need to look down while you’re typing. A world where no one can doubt you actually know what you’re doing. Oh, and it sounds all clacky too. The world you’ve just stepped into is the world of the Ultimate. No labels. That’s right, every Jr. High typing class student’s worst nightmare. Even looking down won’t help you now. For those of you who know your way around a keyboard (by touch, you nerd), you’ll want the Ultimate.
Now for the very minimal (but mention worthy) downfalls. In a world of wireless designs, this is still a plug in keyboard. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me, but when I want to drag my set up to a LAN party or a little coffee shop… i think you catch my drift. However, they do keep in mind the importance of USB ports; you don’t net a loss with this keyboard plugged in. Another way they could make this baby even better is by offering a split keyboard design. Make it wireless to boot, and there isn’t a thing this keyboard couldn’t offer.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve called just to click and clack on my keyboard at them. There is something soothing about a keyboard that makes this much noise. I think I may research the phenomenon of the clacking Das Keyboard and it’s effects on the psyche for my next psychology research class. My name is Melody. I am using the Ultimate. And I am a nerd.