After diving into gaming with RGB illuminated keyboards, elite brand Das Keyboard has refocused on productivity. Like the company’s recent MacTigr keyboard for Apple users, the $199 Das Keyboard 6 Professional showcases the exemplary build quality and design that define the brand’s reputation, while also sporting a couple of very simple but powerful features. forward-thinking, like USB-C ports and removable ports. feet. You’d be right to expect even more features at this price, but assuming you can afford it, the 6 Pro is a joy to write on.
Das Keyboard turns professional
The 6 Professional returns to the classic Das Keyboard layout: it’s a full-size wired keyboard with a standard 104-key layout. The design is black and white and all professional, with a black anodized aluminum top case and double-shot black ABS keycaps that contrast sharply with the white LED backlighting. It weighs a hefty 2.7 pounds, so this isn’t a keyboard you’ll want to rest on your lap.
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Gone is the utilitarian RGB lighting from the 4th and 5th generation Das Keyboard models, along with support for the company’s Q configuration software. RGB aside, the lack of configuration software prevents access to other customization options that are a staple among most high-end keyboards, including the ability to remap keys and create macros.
Unlike the MacTigr and some of the firm’s other recent keyboards, the 6 Pro returns the classic Das tab to the top right corner next to the large volume knob. On it, you’ll find a large aluminum scroll wheel and four utility buttons: Play/Pause, Skip Track, a backlight brightness control, and a key to put your PC to sleep. Das Keyboard markets the sleep button as an eco-friendly feature, as it simplifies the process of temporarily limiting your PC’s power consumption without turning it off. It’s doubtful you’ll buy the keyboard for that reason, but if your practice is to sleep rather than shut down at the end of the day, it’s nice to be able to do it with a single button.
The most distinctive feature of Das Keyboard 6 Professional is USB-C support, a leap into the modern age. The keyboard cable has USB-C connectors, though a USB Type-A adapter is included. More importantly, there are two USB-C pass-through ports on the back of the top right tab. I’m a sucker for a keyboard that doubles as a USB hub, and that goes double for one that gives you extra USB-C ports (probably because I only have one USB-C port on the back of my desktop PC).
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An unconventional new feature is the keyboard’s screw-in feet: round plastic feet with rubber pads instead of the usual fold-out tabs to support the back of the keyboard. I have two opinions about them: for one, removing the inner feet helps keep the keyboard flat if you like it that way. On the other hand, it means more pieces to take up space or get lost. That said, the keyboard feels sturdier on these feet than some I’ve used with slimmer, taller accessories.
The 6 Pro’s focus on productivity also applies to its limited selection of mechanical switches. The keyboard we tested features Cherry MX Brown tactile switches, which are quiet with a tactile touch. You can also go for Cherry MX Blue clicky switches, which have a similar feel but a louder metallic sound. I generally prefer brown switches for typing as they offer a great balance of resistance and travel to create a satisfying feel. Typing on the 6 Pro feels comfortable and snappy, whether you’re spending 10 minutes on an email or a full day typing, say, a keyboard review.
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That said, I find it curious that Das Keyboard doesn’t offer an option for the third of Cherry’s main options, the MX Red linear switches. The linear switches lean more towards gaming because they have a light touch, but I imagine some Users may like the auto-activation keys on an office keyboard.
Verdict: A balanced keyboard feel
The Das Keyboard 6 Professional is an excellent mechanical keyboard. Its Cherry MX switches feel great, as they always do, and while it only has a few extra features, they make a strong impression. There aren’t many keyboards with a dedicated sleep key, and hardly any with dual USB-C pass-through. Although getting rid of the setup software seems like a strange omission, only a limited number of advanced users will probably miss it.
On the other hand, it doesn’t look good to have missing features at $199, so the 6 Pro falls short of Editors’ Choice. It basically falls into a gap between elite productivity keyboards like the wireless Logitech MX Mechanical, with its full suite of productivity features, and enthusiast keyboards from companies like Drop, Ducky, and Vissles that focus primarily on feel and feel. the aesthetics Ultimately, this middle ground is actually a sweet spot for anyone who cares about typing feel but wants a full-size design and some quality-of-life features. The 6 Pro is sleek and focused; everything he does, he does well.
Das 6 Professional Keyboard
The bottom line
The expensive Das Keyboard 6 Professional is light on features but offers a great productivity-focused typing experience.
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