DasKeyboard - The Next Generation
I feel like a ninja. A really loud, clicky ninja. This is a loud-ass keyboard. In the best way. I reviewed the original DasKeyboard two years ago, the one with totally blank keys, and let me tell you - if you want to learn how to touch type, type on blank keys. Plus, you can switch to Dvorak like some freaky people without missing a beat!
I'm a bit of a keyboard nut. I literally have nearly every Microsoft keyboard and mouse set ever made, and at least a dozen other brands. I'm always looking for THE keyboard, or at least THE keyboard du jour.
The new DasKeyboard is even clickier than the last one. It's a totally different redesigned keyboard and it's exquisitely and comfortably clicky. No way you'd be able sneak an instant message while on a conference call with this keyboard. If you like a quiet keyboard, just stop reading now. This is the Gregory Hines and Savion Glover of keyboards. This is STOMP: The Keyboard. (Ok, last one) This is "Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Keyboard."
It's kind hard to talk about this keyboard without possibly sexually harassing the keyboard itself. It's solid, smooth and glossy and feels good to the touch. The keys are very well balanced and require less effort to press than the last DasKeyboard. There's something I can't quantify about this keyboard, though - Somehow I'm able to type about 10% faster on it. Sounds weird, I know, but it's true. I don't know if it's the "throw" of the keys (the distance they travel) or the smoothness, but my fingers get less tangled with it. Your mileage may vary, but typing on a DasKeyboard is like running downhill as a child. You have to just stop thinking about your feet (fingers) and just keep slapping away. However, as with running downhill, there's that moment when you think "how am I going this fast?" and then you trip over your feet (fingers.)
I prefer the blank version or "Ultimate" but there are two, the "Professional" has normal keys. Both have a USB2 hub on the side with two ports, which finally gives me Mac Keyboard parity, somewhere to plug in my mouse and a memory stick. It's got a SIX FOOT USB cable, so holding it in my lap while leaning back wasn't a problem.
The DasKeyboard is loud and wonderful and I recommend it. It's got a 30-day guarantee if you can't hear yourself think over the clicking. If you want to hear it, check out Frank Caron's review and the associated MP3 file.