Das Keyboard Model S

Das Keyboard Model S is a mechanical keyboard from Metadot Corporation. The company builds mechanical keyboards since 2006. The first version of Das Keyboard Model S was released in 2009. The keyboard won the hearts of many keyboard enthusiasts. Some say, that’s because it feels similar like the legendary keyboard Model M from IBM.

Cherry MX Switches and Laser Etched Key Caps

The keyboard uses Cherry MX Switches. You can choose between Cherry MX Brown (“soft tactile”) and Cherry MX Blue (“clicky”). The key cap inscriptions are laser-etched to prevent fading.

Das Keyboard Model S can be used for typing as well as gaming. But several typical gaming features are missing – there is no illumination and no gaming mode. Additionally the keyboard has to be connected via PS/2 to get the full NKRO. Otherwise you only get a 6KRO.  Therefore we would rather recommend Das Keyboard Model S for typing than for gaming.

You can connect the keyboard via two USB ports or via one USB-Port + PS/2 port. But don’t worry, you won’t lose the USB ports, because the integrated USB hub gives you two additional USB slots. Das Keyboard Model S has no dedicated media controls, but there are some shortcuts on the function keys.

Das Keyboard Model S Naming

There are a lot of different models from Das Keyboard Model S.  The Professional edition is the standard keyboard, the Ultimate edition is the one without labels. Both editions are available with either Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown. Additionally, there is a special edition for Mac users. That one is only available with Cherry MX Blue though.

The manufacturer and resellers have been a bit sloppy with the naming of the keyboard, the names are a bit inconsistent. But usually the word “Clicky” or “Click Pressure Point” are used for the model with Cherry MX Blue switches and the words “Soft Clicky”, “Soft Tactile” or “Soft Pressure Point” are used for the model with Cherry MX Brown switches.

For a short period of time, there has also been a model with the name Das Keyboard Professional Quiet. It used Cherry MX Red switches but it’s production got discontinued.


Tech Specs for Das Keyboard Model S Professional

Dimensions: 457 x 165 x 25 mm
Weight: 1360 g
Connection: USB and PS/2
Illumination: No illumination
Cable Length: 200 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO (via PS/2)
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: Yes (USB Hub)
Switches: Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown
Extras: -
Available since: Oct. 2009

Further information on Amazon.com


Mechanical Keyboard Score

86

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


PC Gameware

November 12, 2014

9 out of 10 points

"If you can overlook the lack of Macros or LED backlighting, the Das Keyboard Model S Professional offers a very good experience while Gaming, it is also a very good day-to-day keyboard ..."

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PC World

March 14, 2013

4.5 out of 5 points

"A mechancial keyboard that won't annoy your coworkers"

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Tweak Town

June 4, 2012

93% overall rating

"Whether at the job or for at home use, the Das Keyboard Model S Professional is definitely a writers keyboard."

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PC Advisor

October 19, 2011

4 out of 5 stars

"This keyboard looks good, feels good, has a neat feature or two, and doesn't cost too much."

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cnet

July 1, 2010

4 out of 5 stars

"The Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent is aesthetically minimal and truly designed for typing purists and keyboard snobs who have no need for key labels."

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PC Mag

June 23, 2010

4.5 out of 5 points

"If you think the cost is high for a keyboard, you're right, but the Das Keyboard Model S more than gives you your money worth."

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Technogog

January 26, 2010

9 out of 10 points

"If you’re looking for a well made and good solid keyboard that provides both tactile and audible feedback then you might want to seriously consider the Das Keyboard Professional S."

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