Das Keyboard is among the pioneers of the modern-day mechanical keyboard and remains a fan-favourite of typing enthusiasts the world over. In this Das Keyboard 4 Professional review, we’re focusing on one of the German tech brand’s higher-end offerings that features an exceedingly sturdy frame and top-of-the-line USB support.
Das Keyboard 4 Professional Review
Design & Build - 8.5/10
Features - 8.5/10
Comfort - 8.7/10
Total Value - 8.5/10
30 second Das Keyboard 4 Professional Review
If you’re looking for a stalwart and functional mechanical keyboard minus all the glitz and glamour, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional fulfils that role with flying colours. Its lack of a backlight is unfortunate and the absence of macros will surely be missed by certain users, but it’s a terrific all-purpose keyboard nonetheless and one both professionals and gamers can enjoy.
- Extraordinary build quality
- Your choice of either Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches
- USB 3.0 hub should be standard for all high-end keyboards
- Large volume dial is very functional
- A bit pricey
- Lack of a backlight is questionable
- Not allowing for macros may be a dealbreaker for some
As with most of their models, this one doesn’t come cheap, and with so many excellent and more affordable mechanical keyboards entering the market at a rapid pace, it begs the question: “Is it really worth the extra cash?”
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What is the Das Keyboard 4 Professional?
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional is the brand’s more rugged model that features Cherry switches and their signature volume knob, along with a few nifty media controls. It also acts as a USB hub that’s always a welcome addition. It comes in an Ultimate variant in case you’re in the market for a keyboard with blank keys as well as a tenkeyless version for those who prefer their peripherals a little more compact.
While the Das Keyboard 4 Professional was crafted primarily for users whose jobs rely a great deal on typing, such as writers and programmers as well as people who are just plain keyboard enthusiasts, it also works fantastically as a gaming keyboard on account of its excellent performance.
Unlike the Das Keyboard X50Q that features some of the best RGB we’ve ever come across, this model’s a lot more low-profile, opting for a sleeker, more sophisticated approach that’ll feel right at home in a work setting. As prices go, it’s a fairly expensive piece of equipment that shares a similar price point to the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum and the Logitech Pro X.
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional offers your choice of either Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches that are rated for approximately 50 million keystrokes (actually 100 million). People who enjoy a more resounding click will want to go for the Cherry MX Blue, while users who prefer something a little more subtle will be better off with the Cherry MX Brown.
It’s a wired keyboard that comes with an extra-long 201 cm braided USB Type-A cable.
Unfortunately, this model doesn’t include a wrist rest as it does with the X50Q, but it does come with a detachable footbar that props up the keyboard at a 4-degree angle and doubles as a ruler for whenever you need it. Weird? Yes. But you never know when you’ll need to measure something.
The keyboard features dedicated media controls which include a large volume dial for easier loudness control, music playback buttons, a mute button, and a button to put your machine to sleep.
It’s understandable that the Das Keyboard 4 Professional doesn’t include RBG lighting since it wasn’t really built to be a gaming device. Its lack of a backlight, on the other hand, is one of its weakest aspects, especially considering that its laser-etched key inscriptions would be perfect for it.
It’s worth noting that if lighting means a lot to you, there’s an RGB capable variant called the Das Keyboard 4Q.
This model doesn’t include a supported companion app which is a bit of bummer when you consider its price. Then again, without RGB abilities or even a backlight, there wouldn’t be much to customize apart from its few extra buttons anyways. Not being able to create macros is a letdown, though.
|Dimensions||45.72 x 17.272 x 2.032 cm (height is 3.1 cm when elevated)|
|Switches||Cherry MX Blue or Brown|
|Switch Lifespan||50 million keystrokes|
|Dedicated Media Controls||Yes|
|Connection Type||Wired USB|
|Number of Keys||104|
Das Keyboard has garnered a reputation for having no-nonsense designs and this model sticks true to the brand’s image. It sports a straightlaced form that’s perfectly rectangular save for its top-right corner that’s slightly elongated to make room for its media controls, volume dial, and brand logo.
The keyboard is draped in matte black all over, with white key etchings and a red stripe along the rim of its volume wheel. It’s a very classy look that pairs nicely with any setup and will sit particularly well with users who enjoy minimalist designs. There’s a slight similarity to some of Logitech’s models like the Logitech G Pro X Gaming when it comes to the straightforwardness of its aesthetics.
What’s it like to use?
Since the Das Keyboard 4 Professional lacks an accompanying software suite, setting it up is as simple as plugging in the USB cable into your computer. I’m not going to lie, there’s a certain charm that comes with a plug and play device that’s good to go right out of the box.
Cherry MX mechanical switches are considered the gold standard these days and the ability to choose between Blue or Brown gives the keyboard a nice layer of flexibility. Either of the two is exceptionally responsive and feel great for both typing or gaming, though our preference lies with the Blue switches for that more satisfying click. If you’re upgrading from a membrane device, the difference is like night and day.
The dedicated media controls are well-placed and spaced far enough from the rest of the keys to be accessed comfortably even without looking. The large volume dial stands out in particular and makes increasing and decreasing the sound levels effortless whether you’re on a video call or listening to some tunes.
Its sturdy build is one of its main highlights and can be attributed to its anodized aluminium top panel, adding a fair bit of heft to the keyboard along with a more premium feel. Throwing in the magnetic footbar/ruler as an extra accessory is an interesting decision, though the standard two-increment keyboard legs are ultimately more functional.
To cap it all off, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional acts as a USB hub for your computer, offering two USB 3.0 ports located on the back portion of the device’s top right corner. In case your machine only has USB 2.0 ports, the keyboard defaults to the same.
What the Das Keyboard 4 Professional lacks in features it makes up for in performance and build quality. While it may not have a companion app for macros and whatnot and the lack of a backlight feels like a genuine misstep, its tough-as-nails panel, USB 3.0 ports, and the ability to choose between two distinct Cherry MX switches make it an exceptional all-around mechanical keyboard suited for both work and play.
- Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches with Gold contacts for a soft...
- rugged construction to withstand 50+ million keystrokes with aluminum top...
- two port USB 3.0 Super speed hub 5 GB/s; 10x the speed of USB 2.0
- oversized volume knob and dedicated media controls and instant sleep button
It’s not a cheap peripheral by any means, but as far as practical mechanical keyboards go, the Das Keyboard Professional 4 is one of the best of the bunch.
Last update on 2021-09-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API