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So this is officially my FIRST review of anything, so bear with me if I did anything wrong

After a month (or more) or going over every thread imaginable, in order for me to get the best keyboard for the money I had, I had decided that I wanted an Xarmor U9BL. I know, this thread is about the DAS, but hold on.

Watching videos on YouTube, reading a lot about Cherry's mechanical switches, I felt that MX Blue would be the way to go. I just couldn't resist that mechanical 'click' halfway through your keystroke.

What's more, I watch a lot of movies on this rig in dark, so I figured I'd need something that's backlit, hence the Xarmor.

I was ready to pull the trigger, since Buy.com had a really good deal with a promo code, which came in a total of about $120. Not bad.

But since it's me, one of the most indecisive men ever lived, something kept me from clicking on "Place the order."

Then I ran into DAS keyboards sales on Newegg. 20% off of the original price, plus I read a lot about their quality, and its understated yet sophisticated look, it started to grow on me. Before I knew, I was placing an order on this guy. That was Sunday.

Yesterday I finally received it from UPS (after leaving a handwritten note asking the delivery man to please leave it at my door because I don't wanna go to your facility to pick it up. I hate UPS btw). Ran inside my apartment, cut up the huge box that cradled my VERY FIRST mechanical keyboard.

Man can this thing be any sexier? Understated, matte keys, with each row slightly on different elevations from the base, while the glossy frame surrounds them. I loved it. I loved the look.

Hooked it up to my one month-old rig, it was immediately recognized. One question that I haven't solved however, is that my rig doesn't recognize this keyboard through P/S2 (spelled right?) connector. But whatever. I don't care.

I couldn't wait to place my fingers on the keys. "Click...click" Man I admit I got a tingly sensation on my spine. This half-way click reminds me of yet another tactile sensation that I still can't recall. But all I wanna say is that I LOVED the touch.

Then I started typing. This is where the story got a bit more complicated. I can't type as fast. I can't type as precisely as I would on my laptop.

"What the hell?"

But then I realized that no one assured me that a mechanical keyboard will actually allow you to type any FASTER. So I told myself "I guess it's just a matter of getting used to...."

I took it to work today, and used it all day. Yet, something doesn't feel right. I am actually typing this review on my laptop, and I am far more accurate and way faster.

One thing about the way I type is that I bottom out a lot, and my stroke is very strong. I learned that this type of keystroke is not ideal for MX Blues. I remember reading about someone in this forum mention it too. You have to learn how to type "lighter" or something right?

So here it is, my first impression. Looks - yeah, it was love at the first sight. Feel - so is this. I still like to place my index finger on a key and gently pressing it. Oh how I love it. Typing - Not exactly. So like I said above, I need more time to figure this out. I think I still prefer laptop-type, flat out rubber-dome typing to this guy.

I know this may upset quite a few folks here on this Keyboard forum, but please be patient as I get acquainted with this guy a bit more.

Thanks for reading
Edited by Kirinji - 5/19/11 at 9:31pm
    
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Good review.

I was actually in the same exact boat you were last week. Discovered I had a want for mechanical keyboards and started searching heavily on different switch types, brands, pricing, durability, functionality, etc.

After a week or so, I pulled the trigger myself on a DAS Ultimate S Silence for the brown switches instead of the blue (I'm a night owl so I wouldn't want to keep people up).

I opened the box and just loved the clean look of the das in comparison to my Logitech G15 it was replacing with it's lcd screen, 18 macro keys, backlights, media keys and all that.

I can definitely feel the difference in mechanical keyboards vs other keyboards and glad I made the purchase.

As for typing, my typing rate is just as fast, if not faster, than with my older keyboard. Maybe I adjusted to it quicker or maybe I am naturally a light key presser so I don't bottom out as much, but I love the feel of typing.

As for your computer not recognizing it via PS/2, trying plugging in the 2 USBs with the ps/2 adapter on one when the computer is completely off and then start it up once the keyboard is plugged in.

I ran into this problem when I first got it but then read the tiny note that came in the box that said to power off the computer before plugging the keyboard in.

Good to hear other people's thoughts, especially from someone who just went through the same thing I did as far as getting their first mechanical keyboard.

Mechanical keyboards for life now.
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ShaneS429

Thanks for a kind response along with your own review.

Yeah, things like keyboards, you really never know exactly how they would feel on your fingers until you place them on the keys.

If I could afford, I would definitely buy every single mechanical switch out there and try them all....in my next life maybe.

I just find it so fascinating and odd at the same time that in this age of technology, we still long for something that is not necessarily cutting-edge, paired up with some of the most powerful personal computers.

Thanks for the tips on using the PS/2 connection too. I don't game or anything (as of yet) so this function I have yet to have the need for, but I will try that out tomorrow.

Did you manage to get the last-minute Newegg deal on your keyboard as well? I hear they do a student discount on their own website...
    
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Did you manage to get the last-minute Newegg deal on your keyboard as well? I hear they do a student discount on their own website...
I got in on the student discount direct from das. It was 20% off straight from them so it cost $108.
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Using a Das with a Asus P8H67-M PRO and PS/2 may be a power draw issue. It happens a surprising amount.

PS/2 is kinda wimpy when it comes to power.
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I ran into a similar issue with the Razer Blackwidow about a month ago when I bought it and used it for a week. I found that my typing was inaccurate compared to the laptop style keys on my Lenovo Thinkpad as well as my Logitech Illuminated keyboard and that I was typing slower. I typically can go around 120 wpm on scissor switches but I was only able to manage about 2/3 of that with mechanical. It definitely is something you have to get used to. Key travel is much farther than I anticipate and really makes it a chore compared to the lightness of scissor switches.
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ripster,

Oh yeah? Can you enlighten this ignorant noob a bit more? How is PS/2 wimp when it's the motherboard that can't distribute enough power to it? (assuming that's what you're implying. Correct me if I'm wrong) And, it still may just as well be the issue ShaneS was talking about above. I'm just too lazy to re-boot my computer right now


Rallymaster,

Glad to hear that there is someone else experiencing the same issue. Although I'm nowhere near your typing speed (70wpm on typeracer so far), I am at least 6-7 words faster on my laptop.
My hope is that by learning how to type properly on this guy, I become more efficient and therefore less fatigue on my hands.
    
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More on the Asus P8 PS/2 power draw issue here.
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post #9 of 18
Oh man you guys are killing me. My Das is in the mail right now (Professional Silent) and I can't wait until it gets here (scheduled delivery is Tuesday).
post #10 of 18
Great review! I'm in a similar situation, deciding between the XArmor U9BL-S or the Das Model S Ultimate Silent.
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