Das Keyboard Professional 2012 Review
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Das’ presentation is one to be admired by consumers and competition alike. The high-gloss, pristine, keyboard graphic is life-sized and shows off Das’ signature shape without overwhelming values of color, outrageous fonts, or the use of explosive graphics.
This is a standard sized keyboard box, and so very little can be used to protect the full-sized keyboard. Mechanical keyboards tend to be more heavy because the majority use a steel plate for switch mounting; the Professional S Tactile Click, packaged, weighs in just under 4 lbs.
It’s a tight fit and only a layer of cardboard and thin packaging foam are between the keyboard and exterior elements.
The attached cable is nestled in a small, isolated, channel. Normally this wouldn’t bother me, but mechanical keyboards with detachable cables are appearing in the market which are apt to fit this sort of packaging. The right kind of exterior pressure during shipping, and strain relief won’t be enough to save the cable.
Please notice the hard bend in the cable after this product was removed from its packaging. The bend occurs after strain relief, and could be the cause of a DOA product.
The 2012 model clearly shows it is MADE IN CHINA on the sticker. It was rumored Das chose to use a manufacturer outside of Taiwan for their Professional models, but the new manufacturer remains to be unknown. What can we learn from the insides of this board?