We've been fans of Metadot's Das Keyboard models ever since the first one debuted back in 2005. These mechanical keyboards started off as a sort of throwback to the clicky IBM Model M planks from a million years ago, though one unique feature of the Das Keyboard is that you could get a version with unlabeled keys for added geek points. There have been a few different iterations through the years, and now there's a new model -- the Das Keyboard 4, which Metadot says is the most significant update to the series since the original.
"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 8 to 12 hours a day at their computer 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."
New to the Das Keyboard 4 is a large HiFi-inspired volume knob in the upper-right corner. Next to the volume knob are dedicated media controls, as well as an instant sleep button.
Other goodies include a new anodized aluminum top panel for added durability, two-port USB 3.0 hub, N-key rollover for faster gaming, a magnetic footbar to incline the keyboard a 4-degree angle (it also pops off and doubles as a ruler), and a 6.6-foot long cable.
The Das Keyboard 4 uses German-engineered, gold-plated mechanical switches, and you have the choice between Cherry MX Blue ($169 for the Professional or Ultimate) or Cherry MX Brown ($173 for either version).