Das Keyboard Ultimate

The Ultimate's sleek black look, blank keys, and "clicky" sound make a loud statement that's addictivebut might not endear you to your colleagues

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Great typing feel and a novel approach to a classic design

The Bad: Noisy, but that's sort of the point

The Bottom Line: The Ultimate will appeal to hardcore geeks, but mostly as a fashion statement

Computer keyboards started showing up in offices around the world in the early 1980s as the IBM (IBM) 5150, or "PC," elbowed in the modern computer age. Thirty years of innovations in design and technology have transformed these "business machines" into household objects—contrast the original PC's cabinet-sized beige plastic case and screen with the iMac's lithe and wispish panels of anodized aluminum and glass. However, since we still use keyboards pretty much the same way that people did in the '80s, there hasn't been as much scope for innovation. And since most computer manufacturers throw in a keyboard as standard, you might think there wasn't much of a case to be made for custom keys. But you'd be wrong.

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