Das Keyboard for Mac Review: Ultimate Keyboard for Typists

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For those who spend their day typing at a computer, it can take a toll on your hands. As much as I love my MacBook Air, typing on a laptop keyboard long term has definitely changed my wrists (in other words, punished them). The need for a regular full-sized keyboard was in order, and it wasn’t until I read about Jeff Benjamin’s experience with the Das Keyboard for Mac that I considered jumping to an external again.

Das Keyboard sent us their Mac version to check out and I have been using it for the past month or so. I have to wholeheartedly agree with Jeff–this keyboard is incredible. After using nothing but a laptop keyboard for the past eight years, the return to a full-sized keyboard feels pretty awesome.

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The Das Keyboard is for Mac is quite audible and has a distinctive and rewarding ‘click’ every time you depress a key, reminiscent of one of the first keyboards we had on our old 486 machine running Windows 3.1. This keyboard is well built and contains German-engineered mechanical key switches with gold contacts (Cherry MX blue). It’s fairly heavy for a keyboard (1.36 kg/3 lbs), as this helps for stability on your desk (plus there are also four rubber feet on the underside). Tabs on the underside also allow you to adjust the tilt of the keyboard to your liking.

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I wish the Das Keyboard would come in a Bluetooth version, but it doesn’t, due to the fact the right side has a built in two-port USB 2.0 hub. It’s nice to have quick and easy access to USB ports without reaching to my MacBook Air or fumbling behind my Thunderbolt monitor to charge or sync my iOS devices.

Do note the keyboard will require two of your computer’s USB ports: one to plug in for the keyboard and another to power the hub. As for the cable itself, it’s quite long at 2 metres so you don’t have to worry about it not reaching your computer. Above the number pad, blue LEDs indicate when caps lock has been triggered.

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The Mac version of the Das Keyboard includes special keys for users such as Option and Command keys to ensure a seamless experience. There are also media keys, volume keys and a sleep button controlled by the ‘fn’ key. You can also control screen brightness with two dedicated buttons. Also, the keyboard supports 5-key rollovers. Oh, and did I tell you how nice it is to have a number pad again?

You can access multitouch shortcuts by depressing the Control key and one of the arrow keys to perform the following functions:

  • Control + Up arrow key: Mission Control
  • Control + Right arrow key: show second desktop
  • Control + Down arrow key: App Exposé
  • Control + Left arrow key: Dashboard

Typing on the Das Keyboard for Mac over the past month has not only increased my speed and accuracy, but my wrists feel a whole lot better. As much as I love the beauty of Apple’s MacBook Air keyboard, long term use is not highly recommended, especially if you have large hands and fingers. Pressing down on those keys and hearing the audible feedback is addicting and brings back feelings of nostalgia.

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Typing is now more enjoyable than ever thanks to the Das Keyboard for Mac. It is extremely well built, has Mac-friendly keyboard shortcuts and is by far the best keyboard I’ve owned to date. I can’t believe how much faster and more accurately I can type on this compared to the keyboard on my MacBook Air.

As for some downsides to the keyboard, it’s not exactly cheap, but you do get what you pay for in quality as these keyboards are built to last. What would look cool if is there were a white version of the keyboard (but that could look pretty disgusting after a while).

The Das Keyboard for Mac retails for $133 at Amazon.ca with free shipping. Let us know if you’re a user of Das Keyboards. Highly recommended.

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  • Chrome262

    I like the mac full size I use at work, you get the feel of the laptop keys (and they actually help because you don’t have to raise your fingers as high use as much force) with a nice angle to the thing. And its how you place your laptop that helps with your wrist by the way. but this external should help.

  • Andrew Wood

    Just bought one of these and already I LOVE it. rewarding noise, fantastic feel, and my touch typing is much, MUCH better within minutes. Very happy; a lot for a keyboard but given the amount of time I spend typing each day, well worth it. Considering getting a (quieter) one for work now!

  • Awesome! Yeah, it is a rewarding sound and my typing has improved. Feels pretty great.

  • Yeah, I’ve got the Apple full-size one as well and love it. It would be interesting to know how this compares.

  • The Das Keyboard is fairly big and heavy, but this makes it sturdy. The USB cable is quite long. I do like having USB ports right on the side though, makes it very handy.

  • While the Apple keyboard is light, I’ve never found it feels unsturdy. It also comes with a USB extension cable (so you have the option of a long or short cable) and it has a USB port on each side (without the need for a secondary USB cable). It’s also much cheaper.

    From what I can see, it definitely sounds like the Apple keyboard comes out on top, or at least equal. I’m curious what makes the Das Keyboard worth over double the price.

  • The Das Keyboard has helped my wrists as it’s not ‘chicklet’ style. It comes down to personal preference. I just feel better typing on this over the Apple Keyboard. Many agree.

  • I’d be interested in trying one out. I should clarify that I’m not saying that I don’t think it’s worth the difference, I’m just saying that it’s hard to tell what the advantage would be from looking at what it offers and not being able to try it in person.

  • I would definitely recommend seeing if you can find one in a store…or I know Amazon has a good return policy if you’re not satisfied.