Das Keyboard 4 for Pre-orders With Cherry MX Blue, Brown

Das Keyboard has announced a new keyboard – the Das Keyboard 4. This keyboard is an updated version of the company's keyboard, and now includes a bunch of new features, including a USB 3.0 hub and dedicated media controls.

The keyboard is mechanical, and can be ordered with either Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown switches. Each of the switches is built using a gold-plating. The keycaps are also laser-etched in order to prevent the lettering from fading away over the years.

"Das Keyboard 4 is an order-of-magnitude improvement over past generation Das Keyboards," said Daniel Guermeur, creator of the Das Keyboard and CEO of Metadot. "Programmers, Internet surfers, freelancers and others who work eight to 12 hours a day at their computers know their keyboard is the tool they touch the most, making it the most important tool in their lives. One might as well use the keyboard that provides the best efficiency and enjoyment."

The dedicated media controls include a play/pause button, forward and rewind buttons, as well as a mute button and an 'oversized' volume knob. The commonly found stop button has not been implemented, probably because very few folks actually ever use it.

Also present next to the media keys is a dedicated sleep button, which does exactly what you'd imagine – puts your computer to sleep to save power when you're away.

Pricing for the Cherry MX Blue version is set at $169, while the variant with the Cherry MX Brown switches is set to cost $173.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • brandonjclark
    Cool ad, yo.
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  • ubercake
    I guess they are nice looking for a keyboard, but someone needs to tell these people mechanical keyboards no longer cost close to $200.I do like the volume control on the keyboard. It's very convenient when you're in-game.
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  • airplanegeek
    No backlight for $170???
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  • house70
    No backlight for $170???
    Precisely what I was thinking.
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  • Christopher Shaffer
    No backlight for $170???
    Precisely what I was thinking.
    Yeah... my G710+ smokes this and I picked it up for $139... at Bestbuy.Corsair makes some attractive options with various Cherry switches available for each model for significantly less.No programmable "extra" buttons, no wrist pad/rest, no backlighting....Why would I want this?
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  • PrvtChurch
    No backlight for $170???
    Precisely what I was thinking.
    Yeah... my G710+ smokes this and I picked it up for $139... at Bestbuy.Corsair makes some attractive options with various Cherry switches available for each model for significantly less.No programmable "extra" buttons, no wrist pad/rest, no backlighting....Why would I want this?
    Having not tried this new one, I cant say for certain, however, my Das Pro is one of the most well built keyboards I have ever used, the feel and quality are far above the logitechs and corsairs, and at least in my opinion I think the elegant simplicity looks far better than some of the other options that are super flashy and glow in the dark.
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  • ubercake
    12983289 said:
    No backlight for $170???
    Precisely what I was thinking.
    Yeah... my G710+ smokes this and I picked it up for $139... at Bestbuy.Corsair makes some attractive options with various Cherry switches available for each model for significantly less.No programmable "extra" buttons, no wrist pad/rest, no backlighting....Why would I want this?

    I was fortunate enough to pick up the G710+ on Amazon for $99. It's a great keyboard, but it's pretty darn ugly.

    Who told Logitech it would be smart to put gray and orange on a keyboard?
    Fortunately for Logitech, I'm one of those customers that is all about function over form.
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  • Junit151
    How can a keyboard "smoke" another keyboard? Aesthetically? It's a freaking IO device, not something you BRAG about. If we stop treating keyboards like they are WORTH $200 then they will stop COSTING $200.
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  • zogglet
    How can a keyboard "smoke" another keyboard? Aesthetically? It's a freaking IO device, not something you BRAG about. If we stop treating keyboards like they are WORTH $200 then they will stop COSTING $200.
    I couldn't agree with you more. And I doubt the IBM mechanical keyboard from the early 90's in my basement would go for $200.
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  • Squall321
    my opinion is, that the corsair RGB is doing the right thing, by making "floating" keys. the cleaning would be superb easy with such a keyboard. A keyboard can easily cost 200$ if it's worth it. once a quality mechanical keyboard, there's no way back :9
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