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Hi everyone, first let me apologize if this is in the wrong section.

What with my summer job finally paying out a good amount of money, I've decided I might as well get a nice new keyboard. I've been looking for a change, and I've decided on the model S professional. I've got a few questions though.

1: Is this keyboard any good for the price? With a student discount, it will cost me 104 USD. I know it's a little pricey, so if there are better keyboards out there that you can suggest for less money, please do.

2: Are these keyboards good for gaming, typing, or both? I tend to type a lot of my homework, but I also play a lot of video games. I play starcraft 2 and many FPs games, so I'd like to know if this board will be able to withstand heavy usage on all the keys.

3: This should have been the first question, but is a mechanical keyboard really that different? I drummed on the arrow keys on the Blackwidow at Best buy, but I can't imagine typingon it, so please share your experiences!

Thanks for your help in advance everyone.
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For this price, it's next to impossible to get a better mechanical keyboard. The Das Model S is a very high quality mechanical keyboard that always comes very highly recommended.

This thing should last you over 10 years quite easily, even if you use it heavily every single day.

Finally, the feel of each key press is so nice that it makes you want to use the keyboard all day, 24/7.
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post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
For this price, it's next to impossible to get a better mechanical keyboard. The Das Model S is a very high quality mechanical keyboard that always comes very highly recommended.

This thing should last you over 10 years quite easily, even if you use it heavily every single day.

Finally, the feel of each key press is so nice that it makes you want to use the keyboard all day, 24/7.
Thanks for your input. I'm definitely leaning towards this board. It's so nice and simple, and the clicky clacky sound to me is just great. However, I'd like to know if this would be a good idea in college. I'm going to be leaving for college in about a year, and I'd like to bring this with me to type on my laptop or whatever I might have. Would it be a good idea?


Also, is the ABS M1 any good? I've heard some mixed reviews about it, but the price tag (70 on their website) is attractive.
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Thanks for your input. I'm definitely leaning towards this board. It's so nice and simple, and the clicky clacky sound to me is just great. However, I'd like to know if this would be a good idea in college. I'm going to be leaving for college in about a year, and I'd like to bring this with me to type on my laptop or whatever I might have. Would it be a good idea?


Also, is the ABS M1 any good? I've heard some mixed reviews about it, but the price tag (70 on their website) is attractive.
I guess it depends on the roommate you end up with. So, I mean it's kind of hard to predict. Personally, I would bring it with me and then see how it goes. You might get lucky and have a roommate who couldn't care less.

Regarding the ABS M1: it's not worth that price. :/ I've heard more bad things about it on here than good. Based on what I've heard over the past couple of years, I have the impression that there's no comparison between these 2 keyboards.
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post #5 of 17
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Alright, well my last question would be if this keyboard is hard to clean/does it get dirty fast? It seems to me that the keyboard i am using right now is very dirty, but since it is 7 dollars I really couldn't be bothered to care that much. However, with such an investment, I want to make sure nothing bad happens to it.
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I think that how fast a keyboard gets dirty depends on the person.

For example: back when I had rubber dome keyboards, they got dirty and had a ton of random debris and whatnot underneath the key caps and I never cared. However, once I got my mechanical (a Filco Majestouch with Cherry MX Blues - roughly the same as the Das Model S), a huge change took place: I started doing everything I could to keep it clean and to absolutely minimize the chances for it to get dirty and for debris to get underneath the caps. I even use a nice horse hair brush vacuum attachment and I clean my keyboard with that every day.

I got my Filco over a year ago on March 9th, 2010 and it looks just as clean as it did when I unboxed it.
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post #7 of 17
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Looks like I'll be getting one of these then. Thanks.
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post #8 of 17
Das keyboards are great, however, be ready for the keyboard to be a fingerprint and dust magnet due to it's glossy exterior.

Also, if you get the professional version, the white paint infill does start to turn a little dark after a week of use. So don't be surprised.

Other than that, There's nothing bad I can say about them.
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post #9 of 17
Just going to throw this in there...

Have you considered getting a tenkeyless board? If you don't use the numpad extensively then its a great option, giving you more desk space, and allowing you to place the actual keyboard directly in front of you. I really didn't consider a tenkeyless for a while as I felt that they were lacking a feature. However, after thinking about it I realized that I didn't use the numpad that often anyway.
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post #10 of 17
I would never get a das because of its glossy exterior. If you want similarly priced matte boards consider WASD keyboards or leopold.
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