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Here is my review on the Das Ultimate!

First impressions - Right out of the box I was surprised how small this keyboard was compared to my Saitek Eclipse II and Razer Lycosa.
As I picked it up I noticed that it had some nice weight [2.6 pounds] to it and feels rather sturdy, unlike the Razer Lycosa.
Without the lettering on the keyboard it makes this keyboard look very sleek.
I also noticed that the keys are nicely spaced apart and are not crammed, which makes the keyboard easier to clean with compressed air and allows you to remove the keys easily.

Typing - As soon as I started typing on this keyboard the first thing that I noticed was that the keys are extremely easy to depress.
My Lycosa had zero feedback as it was silent, this on the other hand is a symphony of clicking and feedback.
With my Lycosa I was barely hitting 70 WPM, I literally plugged this keyboard in, went to typeracer and achieved this without any prior practice or use.

That is farking ridiculous.
As you can see that would place me in 16th place on their recent leaderboards!!!

Conclusion - This keyboard is amazing for touch typists and people who are searching for a keyboard that can help increase their typing speed.
This is a very simple keyboard without all the fancy functions that most have,
but that's not why you buy a Das, you buy them simply for their performance.
The clicking is at just the right volume, it's quite audible but it isn't too loud.
This keyboard has not affected my movement in my games either, as many were worried about.
I wouldn't recommend this keyboard for people who aren't touch typists, people who desire all the gadgets and doodads, or people who merely want a keyboard for show.

If you get a chance to buy this keyboard don't pass it up, especially if you can get a discount on it.

This review was typed out at 3AM after work, so don't be expecting a masterpiece.
Edited by Pendulum - 3/10/11 at 12:49pm
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Razer Lycosa, Das, Saitek Eclipse II

Edited by Pendulum - 3/10/11 at 12:25pm
post #3 of 27
Nice review. I'm trying to decide if i want to go with the blue or brown ultimate model as I am bnoth a student and a gamer. I'm not sure I'd notice a difference in gaming, while I feel i would notice the difference in typing. That being said I think I would also notice the noise level difference between the two, obviously preferring the silent model.

If you could be troubled, game for a bit (note what games) and tell us what you think.

I play games like Heroes of Newerth, WC3, Starcraft...Mainly RTS and FPS games.
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From what I've heard the Das Silent models and all MX browns in general sound similar to normal keyboards.
I know of many people who use Das for RTS and MMO games, I don't know of many FPS players who use mechs, they are afraid it's going to mess with their movement.
After playing BC2 for a few hours I noticed that my movement is "snappy" and more responsive, which is fine with me.
The NKRO would help a lot in games like WoW where you're needing to mash buttons.

I mainly need to get used to the keys as I'm bottoming out hard very often.
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I also have a Siatek II and am currently considering a Das or another mechanical keyboard. How do you feel about not having a wrist rest on the Das?
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That sure is pretty, especially those blank keycaps. Question: Are the keys totally plain blank or can you see a bit of the letters? Payday tomorrow and I'll be ordering my first mech 6gv2 at amazon free shipping and no tax is a plus
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Originally Posted by Xazen View Post
I also have a Siatek II and am currently considering a Das or another mechanical keyboard. How do you feel about not having a wrist rest on the Das?
Not having a wrist rest is a minor con to it, I'm trying to get myself to go to the "proper" typing position rather than keeping my wrists on a rest while typing.

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Question: Are the keys totally plain blank or can you see a bit of the letters? Payday tomorrow and I'll be ordering my first mech 6gv2 at amazon free shipping and no tax is a plus
They are 100% blank.
I'm sure you'll love the 6g!
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Originally Posted by Pendulum View Post
From what I've heard the Das Silent models and all MX browns in general sound similar to normal keyboards.
I know of many people who use Das for RTS and MMO games, I don't know of many FPS players who use mechs, they are afraid it's going to mess with their movement.
After playing BC2 for a few hours I noticed that my movement is "snappy" and more responsive, which is fine with me.
The NKRO would help a lot in games like WoW where you're needing to mash buttons.

I mainly need to get used to the keys as I'm bottoming out hard very often.
Interesting. I think I may just go with the Browns...Even if the sound isnt too different.

Thnask for your input. +1
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post #9 of 27
I LOVE the Das Ultimate. I've had it for about two months now. Only con I have with it is the glossy finish. It gets really dirty quickly, but after cleaning it with the cloth constantly for a week you get tired of it and stop entirely.

Haha.
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I'm still debating on whether I should get this or the SteelSeries 7g. Very touch decision....
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