Das Keyboard 4C TKL

Das Keyboard 4C TKL

Das Keyboard 4C is the compact model of its big brother Das Keyboard 4. It is a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, meaning that it has no numpad. It was first introduced in January 2015 and it received a major update in 2020, bringing PBT keycaps, Cherry MX switches and an updated firmware to Das Keyboard 4C.

Compact Keyboard with USB Hub

You shouldn’t expect many spectacular features when buying Das Keyboard 4C. It has neither background illumination, dedicated media or macro keys, nor a wrist rest. The probably most exciting feature is its integrated 2-port USB hub. So you can, for example, simultaneously charge your phone and plug in a USB hard drive. Apart from that you simply get a robust keyboard with small footprint. If that’s what you are looking for, then Das Keyboard 4C TKL might be a great fit.

Distinguish different versions

While Das Keyboard 4 was always built with Cherry MX switches, it was not the case for the tenkeyless version. Metadot decided to use switches from Greentech there. Only the new version, available since May 2020, also features Cherry MX switches. Moreover, it uses more durable PBT keycaps instead of cheaper ABS keycaps. When buying Das Keyboard 4C TKL, it is therefore important, to check which version is sold. When both are sold at similar prices, the new version should clearly be preferred. You can spot the 2020-version by its use of Cherry MX Brown switches.


Versions: Das Keyboard 4C TKL | Das Keyboard 4C (2015)

Tech Specs for Das Keyboard 4C TKL

Dimensions: 393 x 154 x 29 mm
Weight: 1130 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: No illumination
Cable Length: 201 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: No
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: Yes (USB Hub)
Switches: Cherry MX Brown
Keycaps: PBT keycaps
Extras: -
Available since: May. 2020
Dimensions: 393 x 154 x 29 mm
Connection: USB
Illumination: No illumination
Cable Length: 201 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: No
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: Yes (USB Hub)
Switches: Greentech Blue, Greentech Brown
Keycaps: ABS keycaps
Extras: -
Available since: Jan. 2015

Further Information on Amazon.com

Das Keyboard 4C TKL Wired Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard, Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Switches, Premium PBT Keycaps, 2-Port USB Hub (87 Keys, Black Keyboard, Gray PBT Keycaps)
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Mechanical Keyboard Score

79

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.


Reviews


TechRadar

January 25, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

"The Das Keyboard 4C TKL is the kind of mechanical keyboard that makes you realize that colored switches actually do mean something, and that these kind of details are important enough to care about if you type anything longer than an email on a regular basis."

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Tom's Hardware

June 6, 2020

4 out of 5 stars

"The Das Keyboard 4C TKL leverages a classy, minimalist design with strong build quality and tactile Cherry MX Brown switches. Perfect for typing and work, this professional keyboard lacks features gamers would prefer."

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PC Mag

May 30, 2020

4 out of 5 points

"The Das Keyboard 4C TKL is a premium mechanical keyboard that delivers a comfortable, versatile typing experience and saves space by dropping the number pad."

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Tom's Guide

February 12, 2015

3 out of 5 stars

"The 4C Ultimate is a perfectly good keyboard, but it's expensive and -- other than the lack of letters -- unremarkable."

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