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Going to get a Das Slient: Professional? or Ultimate?

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Poll expired: May 27, 2011  
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    Model S Professional Slient
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    Model S Ultimate Slient
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post #1 of 12
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So I finally decided to get a Das Slient after days of going back and forth between MX Blues and Browns, now I have to decide on the Professional Model versus the Ultimate. I was going to get the Professional but I took a second look at the Ultimate and it just looks so bad***. Now that I think about it I'm pretty much a 100% touch typist already (besides glancing down for some special characters) so it wouldn't be that bad having all blank keys.

I know this is pretty much 100% personal preference and my decision, but I though I'd just make a post here about it and get some opinions.

Thanks all!
post #2 of 12
Unless you are 100% sure you know where every key is, I would go with the Professional.

Those occasional glances will be a nightmare, as you probably do it more than you think.

If you're pretty confident in your abilities, go with the Ultimate. Worst case you can always have your desktop wallpaper as a picture of the Professional for reference whenever you don't know where a key is.

When typing essays, forum posts, IM's or whatever, I never look at my keyboard, but if I'm working in excel or doing coding, the labeled keys are nice as I don't know where a lot of the punctuation things are located. Maybe that's just me.

One last suggestion: maybe try putting black electrical type over every key that isn't a letter, and try that for a few days. If you don't have issues, go with the Ultimate, if you do, get the Professional.
Edited by airplaneman - 5/13/11 at 1:02pm
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Don't make your life arbitrarily more painful, go for the professional.
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post #4 of 12
When I bought the Ultimate I had to look at the keyboard sometimes for certain keys and what not. I still typed fast, I just had to look at the keyboard. I bought the Ultimate because I like the clicks , and also because I wanted to practice not looking at the keyboard.

I no longer have to look at they keyboard when typing, and my WPM GREATLY increased from when I had a rubber dome keyboard. Only con to said keyboard is friends have no idea where certain keys are when trying to login to things, haha.

I was scared I would have trouble typing too, but don't worry, you actually get used to it very quickly.
post #5 of 12
I am a touch typist and am taking the plunge into mechanical keyboards with the Ultimate version. I do have a need to look down for some characters but very rarely. Nothing I do is so demanding that I need to have 100% perfect typing in a short span of time.

If the ultimate forces me to spend a few seconds to hit the backspace key and find the right special character then no worries. I also think that within a short time I will never forget where special characters are either.

Make sure you get that educational discount if you can. I just emailed them and am going to be getting a 20% promo code making the Ultimate Model S Silent $108 down from $135.
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post #6 of 12
Quick - close your eyes and tell me the shifted characters on the number row!

I'm still looking for a good mnemonic btw.
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post #7 of 12
I really wish I was good enough to type on an Otaku board but those strange characters are the ones that get you and if you are ever going to do any programming it would be very difficult.
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No worries about programming, I was a comp sci major in college for 2 years then switched because I hated it haha. I would/should have switched after the 1st year but I was hoping that I would become more interested in it during the 2nd, didn't happen.
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I'm majoring in computer network and system administration and advanced programming is by far the worst part. Basic programming isn't too bad also a lot nicer when you don't need a GUI. Still you use the symbols and stuff a lot even just on forums, you may consider getting a keyboard where you can change the keycaps from Otaku to standard gives you both options depending on how much you like the blank.
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post #10 of 12
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Thanks everyone. I decided to go with the Professional. I mean the Ultimate is cool and all, but in a year or two am I still gonna think its awesome to have a blank keyboard? Probably not. I mean theres really no point to the blank keyboard (except for being cool for having oen) so I just went the practical route.
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