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The Das Keyboard 5Q adds IoT to your I/O keys

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Just when you thought you were safe from IoT on your keyboard, Das Keyboard has come out with the 5Q, a smart keyboard that can send you notifications and change colors based on the app you’re using.

These kinds of keyboards aren’t particularly new — you can find gaming keyboards that light up all the colors of the rainbow. But the 5Q is almost completely programmable and you can connect to the automation services IFTTT or Zapier. This means you can do things like blink the Space Bar red when someone passes your Nest camera or blink the Tab key white when the outdoor temperature falls below 40 degrees.

You also can make a key blink when someone Tweets, which could be helpful or frustrating:

The $249 keyboard is delightfully rugged and the switches — called Gamma Zulu and made by Das Keyboard — are nicely clicky but not too loud. The keys have a bit of softness to them at the half-way point, so if you’re used to Cherry-style keyboards you might notice a difference here. That said, the keys are rated for 100 million actuations, far more than any competing switch. The RGB LEDs in each key, as you can see below, are very bright and visible, but when the keys’ lights are all off the keyboard is completely unreadable. This, depending on your desire to be Case from Neuromancer, is a feature or a bug. There also is a media control knob in the top-right corner that brings up the Q app when pressed.

The entire package is nicely designed, but the 5Q begs the question: Do you really need a keyboard that can notify you when you get a new email? The Mac version of the software is also a bit buggy right now, but they are updating it constantly and I was able to install it and run it without issue. Weird things sometimes happen, however. For example currently my Escape and F1 keys are now blinking red and I don’t know how to turn them off.

That said, Das Keyboard makes great keyboards. They’re my absolute favorite in terms of form factor and key quality, and if you need a keyboard that can notify you when a cryptocurrency goes above a certain point or your Tesla stock is about to tank, look no further than the 5Q. It’s a keyboard for hackers by hackers and, as you can see below, the color transitions are truly mesmerizing.

My keyboard glows pic.twitter.com/Kk2roSsszi

— John Biggs (@johnbiggs) October 1, 2018

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iFixit finds dust covers in latest MacBook Pro keyboard

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Apple released a refreshed MacBook Pro this week and top among the new features is a tweaked keyboard. Apple says its quieter than the last version and in our tests, we agree. But iFixit found something else: thin, silicone barriers that could improve the keyboard’s reliability.

This is big news. Users have long reported the butterfly switch keyboard found in MacBook Pros were less reliable than past models. There are countless reports of dust and lint and crumbs causing keys to stick or fail. Personally, I have not had any issues, but many at TechCrunch have. To date Apple has yet to issue a recall for the keyboard..

iFixit found a thin layer of rubberized material covering the new butterfly mechanism. The repair outlet also points to an Apple patent for this exact technology that’s designed to “prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress.”

According to Apple, which held a big media unveiling for new models, the changes to the keyboard were designed to address the loud clickity-clack and not the keyboard’s tendency to get mucked up by dust. And that makes sense, too. If Apple held an event and said “We fixed the keyboards” it would mean Apple was admitting something was wrong with the keyboards. Instead Apple held an event and said “We made the keyboards quieter” admitting the past keyboards were loud, and not faulty.

We just got our review unit and will report back on the keyboard’s reliability after a day or two at the beach. Because science.

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Azio’s Retro Classic typewriter-inspired Bluetooth keyboard is a luxurious treat

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 Maybe you’re sitting at a MacBook or other modern PC right now, typing away in near silence on a keyboard that provides no real satisfying response to your human fingers. Maybe, once in the distant past, you remember when keyboards offered something in return: A “click clack” that stood as an auditory proof of productivity. If you miss that and want it back, the new Azio… Read More

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The Das Keyboard Prime 13 brings the gaming keyboard to the board room

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screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-2-28-26-pm I have, as you might imagine, deep and abiding opinions on keyboards. I’m not a gamer per se – I do enjoy the odd bout of Lemmings now and again – but I type a lot. So I always look for keyboards that are comfortable, clicky, and compact. The Das Keyboard Prime 13 is all of those. Das Keyboard has focused for years on creating very clicky, very usable keyboards for gamers… Read More

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Das Keyboards is crowdfunding a cloud-connected, intelligent keyboard

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34266778ab7eba3b1f3fd0378dd02a9e_original Das Keyboard, everyone’s favorite keyboard company that sounds like something Kraftwerk would carry with them on road gigs, has announced the 5Q, a smart keyboard with two-way communications to cloud servers.
What does that mean? It means you can program your keyboard to flash the letter E blue when you’re outbid on eBay or have the spacebar blink wildly when your website goes down. Read More

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