Das Keyboard 5Q was initially funded by a kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2016. Overall, about $ 580,000 were pledged by 3475 backers. The main idea of the keyboard is to not only use it as input device but also as an output device.
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Das Keyboard 5Q can be configured to display notifications or status information in form of a change of backlighting for certain keys. For example, you can make a key light up once a new mail arrived in your inbox. Or you can use the keys from 1 to 9 to display the current CPU utilization. Other usage examples include stock information, weather outlook and build messages from developer builds. For this purpose, the Q software interacts with chosen services and forwards information to the keyboard. If you are a developer, you are not limited to existing apps, there is also a REST API to access the keyboards dynamic lightning settings.
Das Keyboard 5Q – Hardware
What’s to say about the actual keyboard? Obviously it is RGB-backlit. It features the Gamma Zulu switch, a tactile switch from Omron designed to enable bright lightning. Furthermore, Das Keyboard 5Q has an aluminum top panel, a few dedicated media controls and it comes with a magnetic palm rest.
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February 26, 2019
"If you like the idea of a keyboard that can provide visual notifications, then the 5Q is going to meet your needs nicely. But for typical professionals and/or gamers who aren't interested in the 5Q's niche features, a more traditional but equally-excellent keyboard can be had for a lot less."
November 20, 2018
"While the Das Keyboard 5Q represents a step outside of the comfort zone for the venerable keyboard maker, its feature set doesn't quite justify its high price tag."
September 6, 2018
"Das Keyboard’s long-awaited, web-connected 5Q is a solid mechanical keyboard with stable software. But we’re not convinced blinking keys are the best (or even a great) way to get notifications."