Das Keyboard 4Q updates a classic design with cloud smarts

Das Keyboard made its name with no-nonsense mechanical clickers whose quality could be felt with every key stroke, but a wide range of modern high-end keyboards make mechanical switches table stakes. The company has since introduced the Q software platform for lighting control and web-powered intelligent notifications, and the classic Das Keyboard 4 Professional design now boasts compatibility with that utility.

The Das Keyboard 4Q blends cloud brains with classic Cherry MX Brown switches for a tactile, non-clicky typing experience, or MX Blues for keystrokes that can be felt and heard. Each key has programmable RGB LED backlighting that can be connected to other web APIs to display information like stock price movement or weather forecast data. The Q utility can also be used to hook up the 4Q to compatible IoT devices to control smart lighting and thermostats, among other smart gear. If that's not enough control, Das Keyboard exposes a REST API for Q-enabled keyboards to let users develop their own extensions for the utility.

Smarts aside, the 4Q looks both sturdy and functional. Das Keyboard caps off the case of this deck with an anodized aluminum top panel, and dedicated media buttons provide quick control over play, pause, next track, and volume functions. N-key rollover and a two-port USB 2.0 hub round out the 4Q's features. If a smart, sturdy board with understated styling appeals to you, the 4Q is available now for $199 from Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • jts888
    • 1 year ago

    I can think of few devices that should need “cloud” functionality less than a desktop keyboard, and I can think of no device that I would more strongly want [i<]to not be on the cloud[/i<] than my keyboard. (ok maybe not a pacemaker etc., but at least of discretionary purchases)

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      Oh, an internet of things pacemaker, brilliant idea, innovative, disruptive.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        Been there, done that, got the [s<]t-shirt[/s<] heart attack. [url<]https://www.wired.com/story/pacemaker-hack-malware-black-hat/[/url<]

          • K-L-Waster
          • 1 year ago

          “Mr. Funk, you really need to cut down on the cholesterol and stay away from sketchy internet cafes…”

        • CuttinHobo
        • 12 months ago

        “These MIT math geniuses are disrupting a $200 billion dollar industry!!” *Picture of derpy guys in suits sitting around a conference table with their feet up*

        I might explode the next time I see an ad for Everquote and their useless service.

      • Firestarter
      • 1 year ago

      PS/2 or bust

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      But what if you want to take your DAS on vacation with you and you’re sitting at a nice restaurant for dinner in Italy and conveniently brought your DAS with you as well as the 5 adapters you need to plug it into your iPhone Galaxy XS3+.

      You’re just about to wow the wait staff and other patrons at the restaurant with the completely custom, super-fancy RGBLED disco lights show on your DAS, but OH NOES! YOU FORGOT THAT YOUR CUSTOM LIGHT SHOW WAS SAVED TO A DIFFERENT DEVICE!!!1

      [i<]If only[/i<] you'd brought the DAS 4Q with you!! [i<]Then[/i<] you could have synced your really interesting, super amazeballs RGBLED keyboard with THE CLOUD and been the talk of the town. Men would want to be you. Women would want to be with you, and the landlord would estow you with free food and drink for life at his restaurant, because you were the guy with the RGBLED cloud-synced keyboard plugged into their phone! What times we live in, eh?

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    What’s my advertisement for this article?
    “Dems ‘Blue Wave’ In Jeopardy After Vatican Secret Exposed?”

    Does TR have any control over advertisements?

      • brucethemoose
      • 1 year ago

      They’re Google ads, right? It has more to do with browsing history, and what your Android phone saw you eat for breakfast than anything on TR’s end I think

        • curtisb
        • 1 year ago

        They’re from LockerDome. I see nothing but political ads, and I’ve certainly don’t search on anything related to politics. LockerDome also doesn’t have an opt out mechanism.

        • BillyBuerger
        • 1 year ago

        No, 90% of these ads have nothing to do with anything I’ve ever searched for. They’re the same “fake news” ads you see plastered all over shady websites. It’s sad to see them on TR.

          • jihadjoe
          • 1 year ago

          I don’t think you even need to have searched for anything, just clicked on anything even mildly political while not in incognito.

          I made that mistake when I clicked on what seemed to be an interesting story of a guy losing his domain, now my feed gets a sprinkling of stupid Namepros stuff every now and again.

          Luckily my TR ad feed is still relatively clean of political stuff. Right now I’m looking at ads for Top: G.Skill SniperX DDR4, Middle: Some travel tickets, Bottom: Huawei Mate 20. The funniest shit I get are occasional “convert to christianity” or “convert to buddhism” ads lol.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            The trouble spot appears to be the area directly below a news post. Everything else is fine, but that spot is consistently full of political crap. Like BillyBuerger I’m not searching on political stuff. They even show up in incognito mode and Chrome “guest” windows. Also doesn’t matter if I’m on a VPN or not.

            • BillyBuerger
            • 1 year ago

            Yeah, I don’t think I clarified that. The ads on the side are fine mostly. Some odd things from time to time but nothing “bad”. The big one at the end of the article is never anything even remotely related to anything and is always just nasty click bait.

          • PopcornMachine
          • 12 months ago

          Sad and disturbing. It seems lockerdome is in the business of misinforming people in a particular direction, and this site supports that goal beyond whatever financial gain they get.

          Any site that carries these links shows no respect for the people that visit it.

      • spaceship
      • 1 year ago

      LockerDome almost exclusively runs ads like this. TR has control over it, in the sense that they control whether or not they run ads from LockerDome.

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      I think TR has broken its ad affiliation partners. Adblock Plus has TR on whitelist, and yet I see zero ads on TR these days, across multiple browsing locations.

      I am signed into Chrome and always using a cloud-synced Chrome profile but whatever it is that TR advertisers have done, it’s caused 100% of the ads to be blocked now.

      For the record, every other site works normally.

      • BillyBuerger
      • 12 months ago

      Woah, these crappy ads at the bottom of the articles are gone now today. Maybe TR removed them. If so, THANK YOU!

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Das is starting to look dated.

    I’m being fickle because I loved my original Das, but I’ve moved on to [s<]screens[/s<] keyboards without bezels.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      How do you hold it without bezels?!

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        By the tempered-glass RGBLED Bluetooth cloud handles, of course!

        • K-L-Waster
        • 1 year ago

        Pfft! As if usability matters…

    • lycium
    • 1 year ago

    Grooooooss.

    This RGB gamer aesthetic is so impossibly awful, compare with the beautiful design of the Code keyboards: [url<]https://codekeyboards.com/[/url<] GF and I both have one of these, they're excellent.

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 1 year ago

      Have one myself.

      Fully agreed, they’re very nice.

    • jihadjoe
    • 1 year ago

    lol the first thing that comes to mind when reading “web-connected” in association with “keyboard” is “keylogger”

      • NovusBogus
      • 1 year ago

      Accurate analogy for these cloud/IoT shenanigans. In Soviet Interweb, server greps YOU!

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 1 year ago

    “Cloud connected RGB keyboard” is a punchline for something

      • just brew it!
      • 1 year ago

      “What do you get when the RGB LED craze meets IoT hype?”

        • meerkt
        • 1 year ago

        Deep quantum machine learning blockchain AI inference?

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 1 year ago

    Weather and stock prices: because there is no actual point to what they are selling.

      • Bobs_Your_Uncle
      • 1 year ago

      So where do these “web notifications” display, exactly? Because, well, there’s no display window embedded anywhere visible on the keyboard.

      If notifications are displayed on your monitor, then why would you want to activate notification delivery [i<][u<]through your keyboard's functionality[/u<][/i<] rather than through a web page or other more direct means? Or maybe the notifications are simple plain text delivery via the keyboard flashing RGB keys one letter/key at a time ... so that you can conveniently transcribe it to a text editor of choice???

        • BillyBuerger
        • 1 year ago

        The “notification” is just a change in the RGB colors. You can have the default color be blue and then have it change to red when there is some notification… That’s it. Seems a very inefficient way to get notified about something. I suppose you could try to have to light up the keys in order to actually write out a message. But again, why?

          • UrCorrado
          • 12 months ago

          Eh, people lamented the loss of the notification LEDs on phones. Remember you used to be able to set the phone down and an LED would light up blue for a FB notifcation, red for an email, green for an SMS or what have you. This works just like that I guess?

            • Voldenuit
            • 12 months ago

            I specifically got a phone that still had LED notification lights (OnePlus 5), because I rely on my phone as a phone, and not as a tiny internet/social media device. Guess I’m old school that way.

            • BillyBuerger
            • 12 months ago

            Right, that’s a good point. If you have your PC in your room, having your keyboard light up differently could be useful as a notification that you can see without having to have your monitor on. But phones already do that and you don’t need to be near your computer for that. And if you are on your computer, an on screen notification would make much more sense than looking at your keyboard.

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