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conclusion:We like it

85 August 13th 2014 4:00 pm

Mechanical keyboards offer a level of tactility and typing pleasure that most other keyboards can't. Since the "feel" of the keys is something a lot of gamers and writers can't live without, Metadot continually strives for perfection in this arena. The latest addition to Metadot's Das Keyboard line is the 4 Professional, bringing the usual refined look with slight improvements. While it's still a pleasure to use for writers and typists, the lack of customizable keys means gamers will be disappointed.

The first thing critics noticed was the improved fit and finish of the series, including an aluminum surface that PC Mag says "makes for a noticeably sturdier, firmer feel beneath your fingers." TechRadar was so impressed with the change they feel "confident" that if they dropped it 10 feet the 4 Professional would still work without issue. Other design changes Metadot made include not just a volume rocker, but also dedicated media keys for controlling music, which TechSpot says is a "nice addition." The underside of the keyboard is a bit odd, though -- gone are the traditional flip out feet in favor of a magnetic strip that doubles as a ruler. Yes, that's right, the bottom of this $169 keyboard is a magnetic ruler. "Admittedly," says HotHardware, it has "come in handy," so don't write it off just yet.

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Critic reviews

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    7.0
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    9.4
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    8.0
  • Noise
    6.3
  • Configurability
    6.2
  • Portability
    7.2

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8.0
PC Mag May 25, 2014

A superb typing experience and excellent new features characterize the mechanical Das Keyboard 4, but those benefits don't come cheap.

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9.0
TechSpot May 15, 2014

I have no reservations in recommending the Das Keyboard 4 to anyone looking for a quality mechanical keyboard.

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9.0
TweakTown Jun 12, 2014

Das Keyboard 4 Professional is exactly what we would expect with the name and price! Top notch components, a design that will stand the test of time, laser etched caps, and offers a stylish aesthetic that anyone can appreciate.

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8.0
HotHardware Apr 10, 2014

We're less excited about the dual-purpose footbar/ruler, which teeters on being gimmicky, but overall the the Das Keyboard 4 is successful in delivering an elegant typing experience in a professional looking package.

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