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Das Keyboard is a high-end computer keyboard with no inscriptions on the keys, that is, the keys themselves are both completely black and completely blank. It has been suggested that IBM PC keyboard be merged into this article or section. ... Some organizations are called black when they keep a low profile, like Sociétés Anonymes and secret societies. ... There are a number of uses for the word blank: Look up blank in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Publicity photo of the original Das Keyboard.
Publicity photo of the original Das Keyboard.

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Selling points

The manufacturers claim three major selling-points, two of which relate to the keyboard's main feature, its lack of any key labels whatsoever: The Unique Selling Proposition is a marketing concept that was first proposed as a theory to explain a pattern among successful advertising campaigns of the early 1940s. ...

  • Typing Speed - it is claimed that Das Keyboard can allow the user to "type up to 100% faster in a few weeks" [1]. The reasoning behind this is that the lack of help from inscriptions forces the user's brain to memorize the key positions, eventually increasing typing speed and accuracy.
  • "Geek factor" - the keyboard's total lack of inscriptions "reflect your status as one of the elite", according to the manufacturers. In other words, the board demonstrates one's 'elite' skills because they are able to type without using key inscriptions.
  • Mechanical keyswitches - the new Das Keyboard II features high-end clicky mechanical key switches that reportedly provide a feel and quality similar to the venerable revered IBM Model M Keyboard.

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Criticism

The original Das Keyboard has received criticism from some who feel that it is essentially just an expensive version of a standard quality dome-switch ("membrane") keyboard. The 'spongy' feel of the keys has also been unfavourably compared with keyboards using mechanical keyswitches; in addition, some feel the advantage of the weighted keys has been overstated. There are several types of keyboard, usually differentiated by the switch technology employed in their operation. ... There are several types of keyboard, usually differentiated by the switch technology employed in their operation. ...


Das Keyboard II, which sells for twenty dollars more than the original, addresses the above criticisms of the first version. It features gold-plated and clicky mechanical key switches made by Cherry which are similar, but not identical, to the "buckling spring" type key switches in the old IBM model M keyboard. Cherry Corporation is a US company best known for its computer keyboards. ... A type of keyswitch mechanism, popularized by IBMs keyboards for the PC, PC/AT, 5250 / 3270 terminals, and other keyboards, the most popular of these being the Model M. Covered by US Patent 4,118,611 External links Buckling spring fan site and online shop Current manufacturer of buckling...


Name

The word das (= the in German) in the name means “The keyboard par excellence”. Another reference to the German language is that the keyboard targets “Über-Geeks”. The word über ( ) comes from the German language. ... Look up geek in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Trivia

Das Keyboard is made in the Czech Republic, making it a rarity in a market full of computer keyboards almost entirely made in China. This page appears to be superseded by Country of origin Goods made in China typically bear the mark Made in China or Made in PRC. These marks are becoming increasingly ubiquitous as the popularity of outsourcing in manufacturing increases. ...


See also

A frog pad is type of keyboard developed to be used with only one hand. ...

External links

  • Das Keyboard review on Extreme PC
  • Coverage of Das Keyboard on Slashdot

 
 

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