Despite being noisy, big, heavy and hard to type on, clackety keyboards like the DAS are hot fashion right now, despite their impracticality (isn’t that always the way with fashion?). I kid. I actually use a DAS keyboard with my iMac, although to be honest I almost never use the iMac these days.
The only thing that really drives me crazy about the DAs, though, is the lack of media keys. F15 and F16, or whatever the last keys are in the top row, control screen brightness out of the box, but volume, media keys and other OS X essentials are lacking, leaving rather kludgy third-party fixes as the only way to add them back.
Now, the Model S Professional and Professional Silent models sport proper media keys. Three word: At frickin’ last.
In addition to these essentials, there’s also a sleep key which mimics the power button on older Apple desktop keyboards, letting you put your iMac to sleep without giving it a reach-around. And of course all those DAS keyboard favorites are still there: the fancy clackety key switches, the long, long USB cable, the laser-etched keycaps and the ability to whack a burglar or other home intruder over the head without breaking it (the keyboard – not the head).
The prices remain at a reasonable but not cheap $129 (regular) and $135 (“silent”).
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- Thanks Sarah!