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The Das Keyboard 5Q is for working smarter, not harder

Written by Brittany Vincent

Das Keyboard is behind some of the most impressive mechanical keyboards around. If you’re a keyboard snob, you’ve probably used one or two in your life. If you like customization and keyboards that do way more than just help you put words together, you’re going to want to check out the Das Keyboard 5Q.

The TQ is a cloud-connected, open API RGB mechanic keyboard and it’s up on Kickstarter now seeking $100,000 in funding. Not only can you customize each key to be color-controlled via the Internet, but it’s capable of allowing you to stream information directly to your keyboard. For instance, communicate important statistics to yourself by coding your numerical keys as a bar graph that represents productivity at your company, or allot special colors to keys to show whether or not a test you were waiting on passed or not.

The keyboard will also feature special Gamma Zulu switches by Omron that can withstand 100 million actuations. There are 104 of them on each TQ model, and they offer 1.5 mm actuation for speed. Beneath each key is an LED pipe with RGBs that are several times brighter than others on the market. In short, they’re meant to be colorful and attention-grabbing.

Das Keyboard is all about helping you work smarter with this infinitely more intelligent keyboard, and it seems like a pretty good investment if you’re looking to get things done a lot faster. If you’re interested in backing it, you can head over to its Kickstarter page here.

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10 Comments

  • I wonder what do the keys feel like. I have the das keyboard ultimate with mx blues and I love it! clicky! clicky! clicky!

    My co-workers on the other hand, not so happy with my clickies 🙂
  • “…work smarter with this infinitely
    more intelligent keyboard, and it seems like a pretty good investment if
    you’re looking to get things done a lot faster. ”

    Uh, wait, is this StackCommerce, Pinterest or something? I must be on the wrong site…

  • At first I was going to totally dismiss this, but that’s actually kinda cool. Not a real wide range of uses, kinda like what happened with Logitech’s LCD enabled keyboards, but some fun kinda uses. It’s really the software that might make this more appealing than Logitech’s LCD.

  • I personally prefer chiclet flat keys for coding (ms sculp ergo) I just cant stand the noise of the mechanicals. hopefully someday someone will make a similar project/version using flat keys

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