- The new Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is now available to pre-order for $133 in the US and Canada and will start shipping on April 15th. During the pre-order period Das Keyboard have.
- Das Keyboard 4 is the successor of the popular Das Keyboard Model S from Metadot Corporation. The company remains true to its product line’s philosophy and passes on fancy features like backlight illumination or a lot of macro keys.
- Metadot Launches Usb 3.0 Das Keyboard 4 Professional For Mac Mechanical Keyboard
- Metadot Launches Usb 3.0 Das Keyboard 4 Professional For Mac Soft Tactile Mx
- Metadot Launches Usb 3.0 Das Keyboard 4 Professional For Mac
The scoop: WiFi Range Extender (model EX6100), by NETGEAR, about $90 What is it? This tiny device plugs into an electrical wall outlet in your home to provide extended Wi-Fi signal range for your existing home network. The dual-band device (it works over 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies) supports 802.11ac as well as 802.11b/g/n clients and routers.
Metadot also upgraded the built-in USB hub to SuperSpeed USB 3.0. The two ports sit on the top-right of the keyboard just above the logo. Is that a detachable ruler on the backside of the Das.
The unit can operate in two modes - you can extend the range of an existing Wi-Fi network, or you can create your own Wi-Fi network in access point mode (by connecting the device via an Ethernet cable to your router). The Ethernet port can also be used to give wireless network access to network-enabled client devices that don’t have built-in wireless - for example, older consumer electronics clients, game consoles or TVs/Blu-ray players. Two external antennae on the device also let you adjust the direction of the wireless signals for receiving and sending.
Check out our hands-on reviews:. Why it’s cool: In addition to providing the latest Wi-Fi network support (802.11ac), the EX6100 includes handy icons that tell you whether the unit is too close or too far away from the home wireless router. Sometimes when using an extender, it’s tough to tell whether the location you’re placing the unit will truly extend it to reach the area where you’re having wireless coverage issues. When setting up the EX6100, a red light will tell you if you need to move the unit, and then an arrow points to either the router or the client to give you a sense of where you need to relocate the device.
+ ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD + Setting up the EX6100 was also a lot easier than with some other extenders I’ve tried - all I needed to do was plug in the unit and then use a browser on my computer to start using the admin area and setup tools. The setup provided simple step-by-step directions for naming the extended part of the network, adding network passwords for each of the networks and finalizing the configuration. Once the device was ready to go, the browser-based admin software lets you do things like check the status of the extended network or firmware upgrades. An advanced option I found interesting was the choice of using NETGEAR’s “FastLane Technology”, which utilizes the dual bands to provide a performance boost for clients using the extender. In the default “Internet Surfing” mode, the extender can connect clients via both 2.4GHz and 5.GHz modes, and then transmit the connection to the router over those same frequencies.
Metadot Launches Usb 3.0 Das Keyboard 4 Professional For Mac Mechanical Keyboard
Switching to FastLane mode lets you choose one frequency for the extender, and then the unit uses the other frequency to connect to the router. In this mode, I set up the extender to be a 2.4GHz network only for the clients, but then from the extender to the router it traveled over 5GHz. In my limited setup it was hard to tell whether this really does give a performance boost for video/gaming streaming (since most streaming is limited to your Internet broadband connection anyway), but users with lots of competing devices (or LAN-based streaming issues) might get a kick out of trying this mode. Some caveats: I ran into some glitches trying to download the NETGEAR Genie software for my Mac (it kept saying the install file was damaged); updating the firmware on the unit required that we set up the extended networks over again (slightly annoying).
Grade: 4.5 stars (out of five). The scoop: Das Keyboard 4 Professional mechanical keyboard, by Metadot, about $170. The latest mechanical keyboard from Das Keyboard continues to add to its very serious profile with improvements geared to computer users who do lots of typing.
The new version includes a solid, anodized aluminum top panel, gold-plated mechanical switches (for the clickety-clackety sound and tactile feedback, and a new over-sized volume knob that lets you quickly adjust the volume if something you’re listening too comes in too soft (or, more likely, too loud). The full-sized keyboard includes a number pad, arrow keys and an instant sleep button, which puts a connected computer into sleep mode. An extra-long, 6.6-foot USB cable provides more flexibility when placing the keyboard away from the computer. A USB 3.0 hub gives an additional two ports for USB peripherals, and instead of flip-out feet on the bottom that raise the angle of the keyboard, the Das Keyboard 4 provides a magnetic “foot bar” that can detach from the keyboard and double as a ruler.
Why it’s cool: I’ve always been a big fan of the Das Keyboard since it came out in 2005, and its latest version certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you’re a touch-typist, you’ll type a lot faster with the tactile feedback from the mechanical keys (at least, I do). When you’re in a good mode of writing a story or coding, the noise you create with the keyboard will impress those around you (unless you are in a cube where people don’t enjoy the noise of working), especially if you get into a good rhythm. The volume knob was a nice touch - I always have a hard time figuring out where on the keyboard the volume up/down buttons are located. Like previous models, the new keyboard comes with the option of having letter keys labeled, or for the ultimate in showing off, the “Ultimate” keyboard has black, non-labeled keys. For gamers, the system includes “N-key rollover over USB”, which the company says eliminates the need for a PS2 adapter. Some caveats: The foot bar is a nice-to-have option, but the raised keyboard angle seemed a bit odd, compared with the older flip-out feet style.
I’m not really sure why people would need a ruler or straight edge when using a keyboard. The price is aimed at the heavy-duty typists on your staff - users who don’t type as much probably wouldn’t appreciate these professional features, and you could give them a less-expensive model if they really needed the external keyboard.
Gamers might gravitate towards more-specific gaming keyboards than this provides, but if those gamers also do a lot of typing/writing/programming, this certainly could be used instead of a gaming keyboard. Grade: 4.5 stars Shaw can be reached at. Follow him on Twitter: @shawkeith.
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard The Das Keyboard 4 Professional is a postmodern design, with the company trying to balance between a minimalistic and a futuristic appearance. The asymmetric body consists of an aluminum top cover and a plastic lower frame, with the company logo printed at the top right corner of the keyboard. Note that the top aluminum frame is for aesthetics only and not for mechanical cohesion, as the keyboard's keys and PCB are internally supported by a steel plate. We received the US layout version of the Das Keyboard 4 Professional.
Metadot Launches Usb 3.0 Das Keyboard 4 Professional For Mac Soft Tactile Mx
It is a standard 104-key keyboard that fully adheres to the ANSI layout, with a normal bottom row. The bottom row of the keyboard has a 6.25× Spacebar and seven 1.25× bottom row keys. Virtually the only slight exception is that the company printed their own logo on the 'Windows' keys instead of Microsoft's. The keycap characters of the Das Keyboard 4 Professional are laser etched. Laser etching is a common feature among keyboards with price tags this high, yet we should note that there can be great quality differences between different manufacturers.
With this process, the etching removes part of the paint on the keycap to reveal the unpainted plastic underneath; therefore the character cannot fade because the character itself actually is the only part of the keycap that is not painted. The paint of the keycap however can fade, meaning that the keycap will eventually start becoming smoother and blurry. In such cases, it all comes down on the quality of the keycap and its painting. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the long term reliability of the process as it would take at least several weeks of testing. The relatively small characters on the keycaps of the Das Keyboard 4 Professional are very sharp.
There are no macro keys on the Das Keyboard 4 Professional and the keyboard has no reprogramming/layout changing capabilities - at least not without with assistance from third party software. At the top right corner of the keyboard we can see a large volume wheel and five low-profile buttons. Three of the buttons are for basic media controls, the round button is for muting the sound volume and the square button is, by default, sending a sleep command to the PC. This can be very handy for quickly putting a PC to sleep/lock and then waking it up from the keyboard without having to reach for the tower, especially in office/working environments where people cannot just leave their posts with their PCs on.
Metadot Launches Usb 3.0 Das Keyboard 4 Professional For Mac
The volume wheel is immaculately integrated onto the keyboard and has a satisfactorily clicky feeling when used. The designer placed two USB 3.0 ports at the rear top right corner of the keyboard.
Note that we rarely see USB 3.0 hubs on keyboards, even on some of the most expensive models out there. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional has only one thick cable that ends up to a single USB 3.0 connector. If the keyboard is connected to a USB 3.0 or 3.1 port, the port should provide enough power for the keyboard and its two USB 3.0 ports. If however it is connected to a USB 2.0/1.1 port, the hub might not operate properly. Beneath the keycaps we find original Cherry MX switches. Our sample came with Brown switches but there is also a version with Blue switches for those that prefer to have a strong audible feedback.
The strange part is that we found Costar-type bar stabilizers beneath the larger keys rather than the usual cross-type stabilizers we usually find on Cherry-based motherboards. There is very little difference on the actual feeling of the key when comparing the two stabilization methods, but keycaps with costar-type stabilizers tend to wiggle a little more and can be a pain to remove. Combined with the fact that the company does not provide a keycap puller, the designer really did not mean for the user to be removing the keycaps on this model. Removing the core of the Das Keyboard 4 Professional from its exterior frame reveals that the keyboard is built on two PCBs. The main PCB features only the keys and is attached to a steel plate that provides the usual excellent mechanical strength that most mechanical keyboards have, while the second PCB is home for the extra buttons, the USB hub and the ICs. A Nuvoton NUC123SD4AN0 microcontroller is the heart of the Das Keyboard 4 Professional.
Its Cortex-M0 core runs up to 72 MHz and has 68 KB of flash memory. Although it would not be out of the ordinary on a fully-featured gaming keyboard, this microcontroller is a major overkill on a model that has no backlighting and lacks any programmability features. A VIA VL812-Q7 controller handles the USB 3.0 ports. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - The same ones as the low end mechanical keyboards. The difference between Kailh or authentic Cherry MX isn't as noticeable as the difference between $5 rubber dome office keyboard and an average $70 mechanical keyboard. Any further differentiation is pretty absurd and ultimately comes down to brand preference or possibly elitism.
The entire point is that mechanical key switches have a MTBF of millions of keystrokes, which is several orders more reliable than rubber dome key switches. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - The difference between a good mechanical keyboard and a crappy one is the same reasoning why rubber dome key switches were invented in the first place, cost cutting. The difference of type of plastic used in a part can be the difference of lasting for 10's of years without reacting to sunlight and oils/grease/dirt from people's hands/fingers or just making it long enough to exceed the keyboard's product warranty. It is the difference between using double-shot keycaps vs 'painted and laser etched'. A double-shot keycap will never wear out the character on the key from normal use, but laser etched keycaps will wear at some point as the paint does not last forever (unlike physical plastic which will last hundreds of years).
The support braces used are another huge area of cost cutting which ultimately affects how well the keyboard survives. And then there is the matter of the switches being properly secured and supported into the PCB (a quick way to cut costs is to skimp on that physical connection, leading to solder points cracking over use as they take the load of the fingers hitting the key). Sunday, January 15, 2017 - I have a Razer Blackwidow Tournament Stealth 2014 and a Das Keyboard 4C Pro TKL and the difference is entirely down to build quality. I actually prefer the typing experience on the Razer, but you can clearly tell the quality of the build of the Das is much better. That being said, I have never had any keyboard in the last 20 years break due to poor build quality of the case, keys, cable or anything else, so its arguable the build quality doesn't add up to much in real terms. I have had the WASD keys on an expensive membrane board get mushy after 5 years of use, but that's still 5 years of use for under $100 which again to me seems trivial as far as the expense of replacing it.
I can understand exactly why you would buy the Das Pro model featured here, the USB 3.0 and media controls as well as the clean but sharp aesthetic work perfectly in the office. If you are using it for productivity, the price also becomes trivial, so being higher quality makes sense. Plus there is little to no chance people will be dropping a Corsair RGB into the office without looking like a complete tool, so this seems to hit the target market perfectly. In the home however, the prime board starts to make little to no sense, outside of brand appeal.
If it still had the USB and/or media controls the price might work, but where it is now, there are simply more feature rich products for less money, so it's going to have a tough time selling on build quality alone. All they needed to do here IMO was take the previous model, drop PBT caps on it, upgrade the hub to USB 3 and keep that in both models and you would have a compelling product. As it is, I would have a hard time recommending this over a Deck or Ducky board for professional or home use and I have had two Das boards previously. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - The difference comes down to build quality and keycap material. Any POS that uses clear ABS (garbage plastic) keycaps that are then painted a dark color except for the legend to create cheap backlighting instead of doing true double shots should automatically be given 1 star out of pure principle. On a positive note though, painting (or 'coating' in a rubberized spray paint if they try to spin it as a feature) completely negates the importance of using better plastics as the cap material in the first place so it really didn't matter if they used cheap ABS or PBT.