Das Keyboard launched a few years ago with one claim to fame: not a single one of its keys was labeled. Offered at a high price point, the product was originally disdained since the only difference it offered was a lack of key faces. The company took the complaints into consideration when they launched the Das Keyboard II, and moved to mechanical switches. The third and current evolution, (Das Keyboard III), comes in two flavors: ultimate and professional. The two models are identical except that one is blank and the other, most likely to boost sales, offers traditional labeling on all of its keys.
Only the Professional model, with the labels, will be available in stores; if you want a blank one you’ll have to either go online or spend some time getting to know a nail file. The new version will appeal to users who are willing to purchase a high-end keyboard for its build quality and durability but who don’t want to deal with being unable to tell one key from another.
The das keyboard Professional edition will retail for $129 and is available at Micro Center as well as J&R Music and Computer World.
Das Keyboard press release.