Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown Switches)

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown Switches)
Key Features
  • 104-Key US Layout
  • Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Switches
  • Laser-Etched Keys, Gold Contacts
  • Media Control Hub with Volume Knob
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard comes with 104 keys with Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches and gold contacts, for a soft tactile feel when typing. The keys are laser-etched and designed to last up to 50 million keystrokes. It supports NKRO and has an anodized aluminum top panel.
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Das Keyboard 4 Pro Overview

The Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard comes with 104 keys with Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches and gold contacts, for a soft tactile feel when typing. The keys are laser-etched and designed to last up to 50 million keystrokes. It supports NKRO and has an anodized aluminum top panel.

This keyboard has a dedicated media control with oversized volume knob as well as a two-port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed hub for charging gadgets and transferring data at up to 5 Gbps. An instant sleep button helps save energy. The keyboard's footbar, which is used to raise the keyboard, also functions as a ruler.

Cherry MX Brown

Mechanical keyboards utilize a different type of key switch technology for a more durable and unique typing experience. The Cherry MX Brown switch has an actuation force of 45g and offers a small tactile bump when pressed, letting you know that the key has registered. This can be useful for typing or preparing for a movement while gaming. Unlike Cherry MX Blue switches, these do not have an audible "click" mechanism, allowing for a quieter operation. Noise generated from this keyboard will be from the key either springing back into place or "bottoming out" – making contact with the back plate after a particularly hard press.
Dedicated media control with oversized volume knob
2-port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed hub with speeds up to 5 Gb/s
Instant sleep button to save energy
Laser etched key inscriptions
104-key US layout
Footbar to raise keyboard also functions as a ruler
6.5' USB cable with single USB type-A connector
NKRO over USB for faster gaming and programming
Anodized aluminum top panel
Firmware updateable
UPC: 855800001432

Das Keyboard 4 Pro Specs

Keys
Number of Keys104
Switch TypeMechanical
Mechanical Switch TypeCherry MX Brown
Key RolloverN-Key
Actuation Force45 g
Dedicated Multimedia KeysYes
Connectivity
Connection TypeWired
System ConnectionUSB Type-A
USB Ports2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1)
Full-Functionality OS SupportChrome OS, Linux, Mac, Windows
General
Built-In Control DeviceKnob
Wrist RestNone
Physical
Cable Length6.5' / 2 m
Dimensions (L x W x H)18.0 x 6.8 x 0.8" / 457.0 x 173.0 x 20.0 mm
Weight2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.7 x 8.9 x 1.7"

Das Keyboard 4 Pro Reviews

A great keyboard for writers

By al
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-09

If you spend a lot of your life writing, like I do, you may find that you long for the great IBM selectric keyboards that gave you a mechanical feedback. Today's keyboards are uniformly mushy, with a few exceptions, such as Lenovo's famous keyboards. So after reading the reviews I sprung for the Das Keyboard 43 professional. It has a great response and feel. Nice click but not too loud. Would not recommend if you work in a quiet spot and don't want to wake up roommates!

feels and works great!

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-16

I really can't think of anything negative to say about it. It all works great, including the multimedia keys and volume control. Nice having the built-in USB hub.

Love This Keyboard

By Randall
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-29

Wonderful touch and sound. Just what I wanted.

Worth the premium

By Tejas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-27

The Cherry MX Brown switches are not noisy and have the right amount of tactile feeling. The build quality of this keyboard is solid and heavy. Mechanical keyboards have the keys higher than normal keyboards and some of the brands include a palm rest in the box. Das Keyboards do not come with it. I purchased a polyurethane palm rest to get the right height. I'd be happy if they included something in the box for raising your palm, other than that it is a great keyboard!

Good solid keyboard with tactile feedback.

By Kevin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

The only real complaint I have with this keyboard is the location of the power cord which is in the middle in the front. I always have things in front of my keyboard, e.g. books, and papers. I would prefer a plug-in with a couple of options, like on the front and side. The USB ports are also accessed from the front. I bought this primarily for video editing. I have another one, S-Model, for my office, and that has a front cable and side USB ports, so that kills the space in front and on the right side of the keyboard if you have USBs pugged in. These keyboards come close to the original IBM PC keyboard which was my all-time favorite, so they get a solid 4-star rating.

Perfect Keyboard

By Zachariah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-18

Great tactile feel, love the integrated functions in the top right corner, and very comfortable to use! Best one for any use, gaming, editing, etc.

Definitely the right choice

By Zachariah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-18

Purchased the blue switch before this and was just too clicky for me. This one is a perfect tactical keyboard, responsive, comfortable, and beautiful.

Productivity up 20% from the Macbook keyboard

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-13

I'm a fervent Windows user who works for a company that uses Macs for video and graphic design. While at the office, I was able to use a mac magic keyboard - not the greatest thing ever, but at least it was a full-sized keyboard. Which is great for me, because I feel lost without certain keys, like the numpad. After going to a work-from-home situation back in March, I was forced to get used to the keyboard on the company-issued MacBook I was given. I was too close to the screen for hours on end and the flat, squishy keys made typing and Premiere Pro hotkey presses unbearable. While I haven't yet come into a situation where the NKRO over USB has been needed, it is a great addition. After a lot of research into mechanical keyboards (and a couple of personal recommendations by friends), the Das Keyboard 4 Professional caught my eye for its simplicity and its dedicated media buttons. While other keyboards have dedicated media controls, this was the one with a volume knob, rather than a weird barrel thing that turned me off completely. While the price tag seemed a bit steep to me, the media controls coupled with two USB 3.0 passthrough ports were enough to convince me of its worth. Again, I come from PCs where USB ports are (usually) abundant - the MacBook's 4 USB-C ports are quickly taken up by a monitor, power, and a wired internet connection via an ethernet to USB-C adapter (yes, wifi is a thing, but our department is sharing large files constantly, so I had to go wired in order to accommodate the workflow) and an adapter to gain three USB-A ports (one of which is used for this keyboard and another for a wireless mouse). Now I have two more ports if needed. Typing on this keyboard (as I'm doing right now for this review) is buttery-smooth. I opted for the Cherry MX Brown switches, which are quieter than the Blues, but still give me the tactile feel I was missing out on with a Mac keyboard, plus the gentle lift given by the footbar (a magnetized ruler, by the way, which not everyone is going to use, but in my case with our workflow, I've already used it twice), feels so much more natural than the flat layout of a laptop. The cable length is 6ft, which gives ample room for me to have the MacBook close to 2 feet away from me while sitting at my makeshift desk (my dresser), which has limited space to begin with thanks to the aid of a desk riser that I bought with a dedicated keyboard tray (see image). The build quality is also top-notch. The aluminum casing is solid feels like a tank. I don't think of myself as rough on things like this, but it's good to know. It's also pretty heavy, which in today's lighter-and thinner world is actually a good thing, because it screams someone took care in designing this! There were two additional options available - this keyboard, or a Mac version. I opted for the normal version as I can then switch it to another computer if needed. Finally, on Das Keyboard's website is a link to the Karbiner program. Since this is a keyboard created for Windows/Linux being adapted to MacOS, this program is essential for remapping keys. While not the most intuitive software, it is powerful enough where you can create macros on certain keys (for instance, the Print Screen button is not used on a Mac, so mapping it to respond to Cmd+Shift+4 is great and serves the same purpose. Not to mention simply mapping Cmd/Alt and Option/Windows (Das Keyboard's logo) is a blessing!

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question

Does it work with a iMac? Judging by the pictures it does not have the mac distinctive keys...
Asked by: Anonymous
I have the PC version of this keyboard connected to my MacBook Pro, and it works fine. The Option and Command keys are interchanged, but you can swap them in System Preferences. The volume knob, mute button and media buttons (stop/start, rewind, forward) work, too.
Answered by: George
Date published: 2021-05-09

question

Is this a clicky keyboard or silent?
Asked by: Kevin S.
It is clicky. Not silent as it has mechanical switches underneath. But having said that. The sound is not nagging by any measure. Unless you are looking at using it for stealth endeavours. But I must say if u have not used a mechanical keyboard.you gotta get this..my Life changed
Answered by: Sameer U.
Date published: 2020-08-03
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