Das Keyboard Pro for Mac
I’ve been using this thing since Friday morning. I should say, right off the bat, that everything in me wants to return it purely based on the way it looks.
It’s a hideous beast, a giant black plastic monster, ruining my pleasant and clean modern setup. It has a cord (yuck) and a built-in USB hub (yuck, but at least useful). It is roughly twice the length of my Apple Wireless Keyboard, and about three times thicker all told, which makes for just this giant, giant keyboard. It has a number pad, which I’ve gotten used to not having, separate arrow and home/end/pgup/pgdown buttons, all these things I left behind a few years back when I went with Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard and Apple laptops. This big hunk of plastic is really cramping my style.
And the click-clack–I’m nearly deaf over here. It’s very loud. My wife says she can’t hear it from the living room or when she’s in bed, but she’s kind of hard of hearing anyway and my office is off a very long hallway… if our bedroom where one wall away, there’s no chance she could sleep with me typing on this bastard. Every sentence I write is a cacophony of plastic, metal and god knows what else yelling out. It sounds like I’m bashing in the brains of an army of plastic midgets.
I’ll tell you this, friends: It’s hideous and it’s loud and it’s heavy and it’s huge… but I love typing on it. I love the feeling of rattling off a long paragraph of text uninterrupted while the air is filled with insanely loud clacking and I love the way the keys feel as I strike them. If I can just control my gag reflex each morning when I walk into the office and see the thing, everything will work out just fine.