Every professional developer knows how important to the development process the keyboard is, so it is only natural to be on the look for some quality piece of hardware. After a long research in the area of good keyboards I decided to upgrade my current rig to the recently released Das Keyboard 3.
Das Keyboard comes in three flavours – Professional(mechanical keyboard with labelled keys), Ultimate(the original mechanical keyboard with blank keys) and Silent(mechanical keyboard with labelled keys that doesn’t produce the trademarked clicking sound of the original Das Keyboard).
I bought the Ultimate model, of course. I’ve been a touch typist for several years now and I didn’t really cared about the labelled keys(though I did miss them in games). Two words describe this keyboard perfectly – Bad Ass. It’s without a doubt the single finest piece of keyboard hardware that I’ve touched, it’s very comfortable, very solid and I feel that I’ve actually improved my typing speed with it. My colleagues don’t like the noisy work of the keyboard very much, but I have no problems with it. I actually have grown quite fond of it.
The keyboard also features a two port USB hub, that I didn’t really consider when I was buying it, but it turned out quite helpful. I’ve actually stopped using the USB ports of my computer entirely(except for input devices) – I use the keyboard hub to plug-in flash drives and charge devices. When your computer is sitting beneath a desk you learn to appreciate USB hubs very quickly.
I have long heard stories about Das Keyboard’s quality and comfort and I it has totally lived up to its hype. They price is admittedly a bit steep(I bought two keyboards for home and for work each costing 130$), but this is our hands and productivity we’re talking about so we shouldn’t be cheap. So what are waiting for – research the market yourselves and make your pick, your hands deserve a quality keyboard(the Das Keyboard)!