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Buying my first mechanical keyboard -- DAS Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent?

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Like most people on this forum, I do a LOT of typing. Right now I'm using a Logitech G15, but it's not all it's made out to be. Basically it feels like a $10 keyboard but has an LCD (which is totally useless) on it. I've been reading a lot about mechanical keyboards recently and as I spend a good portion of my life typing I think it would be a good investment to make.

I've seen a number of keyboards that look like they would work fine, but I'm not sure which one to get. My only requirement is that it uses the MX Brown switches, or something similarly quite(er), because I'm using this in an environment where there are other people around and I don't want to drive them nuts with clacking sounds.

The DAS Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent looks particularly good to me and I've read a lot of raving reviews about it. Would this be a good keyboard for me to get, or do you think there's another one out there in the same price range that would do the job?

Thanks for your advice smile.gif
Edited by 2much2do - 12/11/11 at 12:08pm
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Hey, welcome to OCN thumb.gif

Yea, sounds like you have done some research already, and the DAS Ultimate is a great keyboard for typing. They are very nice quality and worth the price for the amount of typing it sounds like you will be doing.
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I'd like the Das better if I didn't suspect you were a spammer.

And I recommend spending less of your life thinking about them.
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The Das S does get good reviews, but personally I'm not a fan of the glossy frame. Also I'm pretty tired of larger boards with the keypad, so I'm going smaller..

From what I've read, there are also o-ring and foam-pad mods that can subjectively help make your keyboard quieter, if this is important to you. From what I understand, these mods can help reduce the "bottoming-out" clack noise, so its worth looking into.
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I'm a little worried about the glossy frame as well, but everyone seems to be really happy with the keys, which is what's important.

I spent a long time reading about this keyboard last night and eventually stumbled on a thread where someone mentioned Das Keyboards gives a discount to students, which would be great for me! So, I emailed them about it and hopefully will hear back soon.

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And I recommend spending less of your life thinking about them.

As in, I should spend less time thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard and go ahead and buy one already? biggrin.gif
Edited by 2much2do - 12/11/11 at 5:45am
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I got the Das Ultimate Silent as my first mechanical keyboard as well (typing on it now). And it is definitely a rock solid keyboard. Best overall construction and quality out of all my current and past keyboards (also moved from a G15. Got the job done when I first bought it, but after 2 1/2 years of heavy use, finally started to crap out on me). I immediately noticed a difference in how nicely it typed. My only gripe with it is the fact that it is a DUST MAGNET FROM HELL!!! But when it is clean, it does look pretty sexy. Not to mention the look on peoples faces when they come over and try to use my computer...mwahaha. I look at it this way, if you can't touch type/work with it, you have no business at my computer. Go ahead and pull the trigger dude.

EDIT: However, I must admit, I prefer MX Cherry Reds for gaming over the Browns in the Das Silent. But for the amount of typing I do, Browns still cut it though.
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The DAS Keyboard rocks so hard. I love it. There is no possible way you can dislike it.
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