Das Keyboard 4 is the successor of the popular Das Keyboard Model S from Metadot Corporation. The company remains true to its product line’s philosophy and passes on fancy features like backlight illumination or a lot of macro keys. But the keyboard has its own strengths…
Never Change A Winning Team
As its predecessors, Das Keyboard 4 is built with original switches from Cherry. You can choose between Cherry MX Blue and Cherry MX Brown. But careful: only the full format keyboards use Cherry MX switches. Das Keyboard 4 C is built with Greetech switches.
The key cap inscriptions are laser-etched to prevent fading. The keyboard has its own unique font, designed to provide ease of reading and harmonious view of the keyboard key caps.
The integrated USB hub now supports USB 3.0 and comes in very handy. Up to two USB devices can be connected to the keyboard.
Classy Design And Dedicated Media Controls
Das Keyboard 4 doesn’t offer spectacular features, but the keyboard itself looks very classy. The surface is refined with aluminium. To raise the keyboard, a detachable magnetically footbar is included. That’s exceptional and probably lasts longer than some small keyboard feet.
Another improvement are the media controls. There are now some dedicated keys for play/pause, next, back and mute and a big volume knob. To somewhat satisfy gamers too, the keyboard offers NKRO. That means you can press as many keys at once as you want. With Das Keyboard 4, this even works in USB mode, there is no PS/2 adapter necessary.
Das Keyboard 4 Models
Das Keyboard 4 is available in different variations. Das Keyboard 4 Professional is the “normal” edition with labels, Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate is completely blank. Mac users get their own edition (Das Keyboard 4 Professional für Mac). All models are available with blue or brown switches. The name usually contains either the color of the switches itself or “Clicky” for MX Blue and “Soft Clicky” for MX Brown.
Das Keyboard 4C is the compact model (without numpad and dedicated media controls).
Tech Specs for Das Keyboard 4 Professional
Mechanical Keyboard Score
The mechanical keyboard score is our overall score for a keyboard. The score is based on the available ratings and critics and makes an easy comparison between different mechanical keyboards possible. It is also used for our mechanical keyboard ranking.
November 2, 2016
"With an improved build and new features, the fourth generation of the Das Keyboard is the best version yet."
February 13, 2015
"I would instantly recommend this unit to anyone who works in IT and are hammering away at a keyboard for 8 hours a day and I would also ..."
July 7, 2014
"The Das Keyboard 4 brings the company’s iconic mechanical keyboard into the '10s, with nifty media controls and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. But the minimal tilt adjustment will frustrate some, and the price is quite high, given the lack of backlighting and the swelling ranks of the competition."
June 12, 2014
"Top notch components, a design that will stand the test of time, laser etched caps and a stylish aesthetic that anyone can appreciate."
April 24, 2014
"An uncompromising, no-frills board with an impeccable build, even if it lacks the macros some gamers need."
March 25, 2014
"A superb typing experience and excellent new features characterize the mechanical Das Keyboard 4, but those benefits don't come cheap."