Das Keyboard has introduced their Q-series of "smart, cloud-connected keyboards" which use the company's Q-software to bring notifications directly to key backlighting. It's an interesting concept, and the software connects to both IFTTT and Zapier services "to light up the 5Q and X50Q keyboards with notifications – all color-coded and displayed on keys determined by the user", according to Das Keyboard.
The first of the two announced models is the 5Q, shown here with its silicon-padded wrist rest attached:
"The Das Keyboard 5Q is a cloud-enabled, open API, RGB mechanical keyboard that helps boost productivity through dazzling performance and the industry’s fastest electronics."
What are these fast electronics? Exclusive to the 5Q is 'Real-Time One' (or RTO) which is an analog technology that Das Keyboard states "detects key presses in 0.4 milliseconds and reports it to the computer within 1 millisecond—up to 45 times faster than other keyboards". RGB lighting is onboard, naturally, and here Das Keyboard is offering what they call "RGB+", which is a ultra-bright solution they claim to be "many times" as bright as other keyboards:
"Extra-bright RGB backlighting electronics called Das Keyboard RGB+, along with custom surface-mount LEDs, optimized lens and ultra-clear light guide—making the 5Q keyboard many times brighter than any other RGB keyboard currently on the market."
These are mechanical keyboards, both of which offer Omron Gamma Zulu switches, as the company describes:
"A modern best-in-class, soft tactile key switch that provides users with faster, effortless typing and gaming sessions. Das Keyboard’s Gamma Zulu switches have a 1.5mm actuation point, a total travel of 3.5mm and can withstand an unsurpassed 100 million actuations…"
Next we have the X50Q:
The X50Q adds a swappable top plate design (and includes alternate textured WASD keys), but does not have the RTO analog system – and costs $50 less than the 5Q. Pricing for these keyboards is at the high end of the premium keyboard market, with MSRPs of $249 for the 5Q and $199 for the X50Q. Both models are available now.
Full press release after the break.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Das Keyboard today introduced the future of mechanical keyboards with the long-anticipated launch of its groundbreaking Q-series—a family of smart, cloud-connected keyboards that increase productivity by empowering users to stream information from the Internet directly to their Q-enabled keyboard. The Das Keyboard 5Q and X50Q are the inaugural Q-series keyboards, and are now available for purchase for $249 MSRP and $199 respectively at www.daskeyboard.com and leading online retailers. Both the 5Q and the X50Q with European layouts (DE, UK and NO) will be available in Europe from leading retailers for €249 MSRP and €199 respectively.
The Keyboards of the Future
The Das Keyboard 5Q is a cloud-enabled, open API, RGB mechanical keyboard that helps boost productivity through dazzling performance and the industry’s fastest electronics. The X50Q is the company’s edgy crossover keyboard designed to appeal to gamers and professionals alike. With each Das Keyboard Q-series device, a user can color-code keys to display customized alerts such as:
- Tracking the status of projects, pending deadlines and tasks over time;
- Notifications when someone tweets or makes other social media posts;
- Knowing when their favorite sports team has scored;
- Receiving weather updates;
- Tracking stock market activity; and
- Receiving virtually any other kind of information they want to track without ever opening a browser through the Q keyboard’s fully-customizable keys.
“Since the Das Keyboard 5Q and X50Q are cloud-connected, users are able to do things they’ve never been able to do with a traditional input-only keyboard,” said Daniel Guermeur, founder and CEO of Das Keyboard. “Receiving streaming information right there at their fingertips means individuals are able to be more productive whenever they’re at their computers—whether a professional navigating the workday, or a gamer dominating their opponents.”
The Most Advanced Technology Packed Into a Single Keyboard
Both the 5Q and the X50Q introduce the market’s most advanced mechanical switch—the new Gamma Zulu switch, available exclusively from Das Keyboard. Made by Omron (Japan) for Das Keyboard, the Gamma Zulu is a modern best-in-class, soft tactile key switch that provides users with faster, effortless typing and gaming sessions. Das Keyboard’s Gamma Zulu switches have a 1.5mm actuation point, a total travel of 3.5mm and can withstand an unsurpassed 100 million actuations—100 percent more durable than other standard mechanical switches.
The Das Keyboard Q-series has a connected software suite called Das Keyboard Q Software. It connects to IFTTT and Zapier to light up the 5Q and X50Q keyboards with notifications—all color-coded and displayed on keys determined by the user. All notifications are available right at a user’s fingertips. Since they’re happening in the periphery just outside the direct field of view, users are better able to stay focused on the task at hand.
The Das Keyboard Q software includes:
- A dashboard for real-time key color visualization of information coming from the Internet into the 5Q or X50Q, made possible by IFTTT, Zapier or any other cloud applications with a public API.
- Mode illumination, which allows the 5Q's and X50Q’s LEDs to be individually controlled.
- User-defined lighting profiles.
- A desktop REST API that allows programmers to directly control the light colors with their own scripts.
On the hardware side, both the Das Keyboard 5Q and the Das Keyboard X50Q offer industry-leading technologies including:
- Extra-bright RGB backlighting electronics called Das Keyboard RGB+, along with custom surface-mount LEDs, optimized lens and ultra-clear light guide—making the 5Q keyboard many times brighter than any other RGB keyboard currently on the market.
- A ‘Q button’ for activating the Das Keyboard Q software, and also acts as a volume knob.
- Dedicated media keys located on the upper right corner.
- An extra set of silver keycaps for WASD (X50Q only).
- Real-Time One (RTO) analog technology detects key presses in 0.4 milliseconds and reports it to the computer within 1 millisecond—up to 45 times faster than other keyboards (5Q only).
- A full-size keyboard with a removable, customizable and swappable top plate design (X50Q only).
For more details on the either the 5Q or the X50Q, please visit the Das Keyboard website:
5Q – http://www.daskeyboard.com/5Q
X50Q – http://www.daskeyboard.com/X50Q
About Das Keyboard
Das Keyboard, a brand of Metadot, makes high-quality mechanical keyboards. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to delivering innovative technology products that increase productivity. Developed in 2005, Das Keyboard has been praised by major media outlets, techie magazines, geeks and regular people who use and rely on keyboards to be productive throughout the workday. For more information, please visit www.daskeyboard.com.