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
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 12, 2014
"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 ..."
June 4, 2012
"Whether at the job or for at home use, the Das Keyboard Model S Professional is definitely a writers keyboard."
October 19, 2011
"This keyboard looks good, feels good, has a neat feature or two, and doesn't cost too much."
July 1, 2010
"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."
June 23, 2010
"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."