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DAS Keyboard 4 Ultimate Review
05/26/2014 by
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When it comes to mechanical keyboards, you have a few brands out there to choose from.  Popularized by gaming sponsors and Twitch streamers, people generally prefer Corsair, Razer, Steelseries, etc as their choices.  These companies make all kinds of gaming peripherals that cover a wide range of usages.  I personally have a Steelseries Sensei mouse which I would not hesitate to purchase again, so I’m not exclusive to any particular brand.  Not many talk about DAS in gaming reviews, but I think they should.  It’s the epitome of a simplistic yet refined premium mechanical keyboard.

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To replace my shoddy Logitech Wave keyboard, I received my “BADASS4” towards the end of April.  There is some decent weight to the box (~3 lbs).  What is kind of nifty is they included this red ruler that is also used as a stand to prop the keyboard up.

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There are no plastic clips to attach the ruler to the keyboard.  It’s simply held by magnets.  I’ll be honest that I frequently use a tape measure for measuring things under a foot.  This rule definitely solves that issue by eliminating 1 less item from my desk.

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This particular version includes the media controls: sleep, mute, rewind, play/pause, fast forward, and lastly master volume control.  The most useless feature for me personally is the sleep button.  I probably would have been fine if they didn’t have this here.  Other than that, the keys are pretty self explanatory and work perfectly with Windows 8.  I thought I would be able to toggle in-game volume independently of master volume, but I’m not sure how to get the keyboard to do that.

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The keyboard feels solid and heavy duty.  Mine came with brown switches, and they work perfectly.  They’re not too loud and also require very little effort to press down.  The top is made of aluminum and matted, so there won’t be any finger prints.  Oh yeah, I’m also an elitist too.  Mine has no key labels printed on it.  At first it was hard to find the ‘F’ and ‘J’ buttons consistently, but now I am used to it.  I’ve never had a problem with touch typing, and honestly this keyboard allowed me to touch type even faster since I can audibly hear when I am pressing a key down.

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Lastly, there are 2 USB 3.0 slots at the top of the keyboard which is very helpful.

Yes, this keyboard is an expensive peripheral.  It’s at least $50 more than the top of the line Razer/Corsair/Steelseries/Ducky mechnical keyboards.  Those keyboards have a lot of frills to them including backlighting, media keys, function keys, extra software, etc.  I rarely look down on my keyboard, so I was looking for a very minimalistic keyboard that felt sturdy and looked sleek.  I’ve tried those keyboards as well, and I wasn’t that pleased with them.  There were a lot of superfluous features that I know I would never use.  At least with the DAS, there’s only the sleep button that I won’t use.

For my first mechanical keyboard without much budget, I am glad to have gone with DAS over the gaming brands.

 

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