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Hi guys! Just got the Das Keyboard Silent version and decided that just maybe somebody here might benefit (somehow) by reading my opinions on it. Anyway, on with the text

Background information on me: First time mech. user. I mean like I never even tried typing on a mech before, I just kind of bought into all the hype, and all I can say is wow thank goodness I did!

Moving from a Razer Lycosa to this was a smooth transition. I was accustomed to the shorter key travel distance of the Lycosa (it is pretty flat) but I much prefer the feel of the Das S and I am already starting to get used to the feeling. The key sounds are not very loud at all, and you nobody at all would be able to tell you were typing if you didn't bottom out. With Cherry MX Browns, however, it is difficult not to. If you're worried about the noise or feel of bottoming out on Browns then it is no big deal because I get a really nice "thock!" out of it (again, not loud or jarring at all).

The build of the Das is very solid and the keyboard weighs substantially more than my Lycosa. It is anchored to the desk by gravity. I noticed that in some places, tapping on the plastic casing sounds a little hollow, so maybe the Das is less than bulletproof in certain areas (above the arrows), but it is still in general built very well.

The piano gloss finish looks spectacular clean, and I found that it doesn't attract finger grease as much as some would have me believe. I feel like it is one of those things where if you are able to maintain the shine, it would look much more magnificent than a matte keyboard that, while easier to maintain, is not as classy.

Overall this was a fantastic buy considering the amount of time I use and plan to use my keyboard. It is something I interact with daily and so I it is something I don't mind spending a little bit of money on. On the note of money, I am a student so this is certainly, if not the best, one of the best deals available for MX Brown switches. I picked it up for 100 bucks with free shipping.

If anyone is on the wall about MX Browns I would say go for it. They may be one of the lightest switches but you probably wont even notice because the switches themselves are hyper-responsive. It's a great ride
Edited by Oh wow Secret Cow - 3/8/11 at 8:01am
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Dude, nice review! And I love the descriptive word of "thock". I mean, it's a great way to accurately describe just how nice these keyboards sound even when bottoming out.

I have a similar experience in that I upgraded from the Lycosa to a Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO.
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Dude, nice review! And I love the descriptive word of "thock". I mean, it's a great way to accurately describe just how nice these keyboards sound even when bottoming out.

I have a similar experience in that I upgraded from the Lycosa to a Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO.
i describe the bottimg out sound as "clock"
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i describe the bottimg out sound as "clock"
Hickory dock!

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I just bottomed out my keyboard after reading this review to listen to the sound. Thock really is spot on!
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Please show us some pictures of your new keyboard and if possible, put on some videos of you typing on that keyboard. Thanks.
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Woohoo I just got my Das Ultimate!
Nice review, enjoy the keyboard, I'll be posting my own review in the morning.
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Congratulations on the new keyboard!
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