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First Look: Das Keyboard Model S Professional

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First Look: Das Keyboard Model S Professional

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The Das Keyboard Model S Professional is aesthetically minimal and designed for keyboard purists who miss the noisy days of the first IBM Model M.

Hi, I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for cnet.com with a first look at the Das keyboard Model S Professional keyboard. But, before we get into the review, here's a brief history lesson mechanical keyboards. The first IBM model M keyboard was manufactured in the 1980's and quickly became cult products with typing purists that prefers its buckling spring keys as opposed to the thin laptop keys we type on today. Now, as a result, some keyboard manufacturers, like Das keyboard, are making updated versions of the model M that bring back the same mechanical key switches and the click-clack sound, hence the term mechanical keyboard. The Das keyboard Model S is finishes in a glossy black base and the frame is made of a heavy plastic to withstand a lifetime of typing. And typing on the Das keyboard is completely new if you've never used the mechanical keyboard before. The secret is in the mechanized switches underneath that give the right among of resistance and springboard action that almost makes it feel like the board is helping you type. It's kind of hard to describe, but the clicky sound also helps some people type faster than normal, and we actually noticed a slight improvement in typing speed and accuracy after using it for just 2 weeks. On the other hand, the noise may drive your co-workers and roommates crazy. So Das keyboard also has a silent model that's exactly the same, but sounds more like a clack rather than a click. Again, the $135 price tag may deter casual users that see it next to $50 models. But power typists and real nerds will find comfort and nostalgia in its performance. You can read more in our full review on cnet.com. But that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. This is the Das keyboard Model S Professional mechanical keyboard and that feels pretty good to me.

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