Das Keyboard MacTigr: One Minute Review
The Das Keyboard MacTigr mechanical keyboard is a high quality full size keyboard built with the Apple user in mind. The MacTigr keyboard has a metal construction, low-profile Cherry MX Red switches, and super-fast USB-C connectivity. The MacTigr keyboard features keys with Apple command designs instead of Windows command designs, resulting in a keyboard that integrates incredibly well into the Apple user environment.
The chassis features a durable, aluminum unibody that houses the keyboard components, as well as a stainless steel cover that can easily withstand years of abuse. The low-profile Cherry MX Red switches provide a pleasant, tactile sensation to the user. The keys are rated for 100 million operations (ahem, keystrokes), which statistically means you’ll never have to replace this keyboard.
The MacTigr comes complete with a full ten-key numeric keypad, media controls, a volume rocker and full n-key rollover. While the MacTigr specifically has the keycaps that represent Apple commands, the MacTigr can also connect to Windows PCs. The MacTigr is equipped with a wired USB-C connection. There’s no USB-C to USB-A dongle included with the keyboard, so if your computer doesn’t have a USB-C or Thunderbolt port, you might be out of luck. The MacTigr keyboard also lacks certain key backlighting and wireless connectivity.
It is an expensive keyboard and certainly not for everyone. The Das Keyboard MacTigr is designed for the Apple user looking for a keyboard with a slightly retro architecture, mechanical tactile feedback and incredible durability. Anyone willing to pay a premium to get this kind of experience from a keyboard has probably waited quite some time for a keyboard like the MacTigr, and they certainly won’t be disappointed.
Das Keyboard MacTigr: price and availability
- How much is it? $219 / about £190 / AU$340
- When is it out? It is now available through Das Keyboard.com and some major retailers
- Where can you get it? Now available in the US. Available soon in the UK and Australia.
Das Keyboard MacTigr Key specs
Link: Wired USB Type-C
Switch type: Cherry MX Red
Layout type: macOS
Number of keys: 104
Dimensions (L x D x H): 17.16 x 5 x 1.06 in | 436 x 127 x 27mm
The Das Keyboard MacTigr Mechanical Keyboard is a heavy niche item marketed to Apple users. It retails for $219 in the US market, about £190 / AU$340. However, this is a price some people are willing to pay for quality mechanical keyboards, and Das Keyboard is about as premium as it gets.
The MacTigr lacks some of the features of other mechanical keyboards in the $200 dollar range, but many competing keyboards in this price range involve some sort of trade-off.
For example, the mechanical Razer Pro Type Ultra keyboard costs $159.99 and features backlighting and wireless capabilities. However, the keyboard layout contains Windows-specific keys (eg the “CTRL” key, the Windows key, etc.) instead of Apple-specific keys. If you’re willing to look beyond the Windows keycaps (you can remap the keys as needed for MacOS use), the ProType Ultra isn’t perfect, but it’s good value.
Das Keyboard MacTigr: Design
- Fantastic comfort
- Great responsiveness
- Built-in USB hub
The Das Keyboard MacTigr mechanical keyboard has a well-built, robust keyboard design. The chassis is made of an aluminum unibody and a stainless steel top. The stainless steel blade sits tightly in the underlying aluminum shell. The all-metal construction adds to the MacTigr’s quite substantial weight (an impressive 1.1 kilograms or 2.43 pounds). However, it should be noted that people looking for this type of mechanical keyboard are already expecting some heftyness, so there are no surprises here.
The MacTigr features Cherry MX Red switches under each key on the keyboard. This creates an incredibly durable key design that can withstand extraordinary use. Cherry GmbH, the German switch manufacturer, claims that the Cherry MX Red switch lasts up to 100 million keystrokes.
The MacTigr keyboard consists of the standard 104-key layout that combines your standard Apple keyboard with a 10-key keypad. The MacTigr integrates low profile Doubleshot PBT keycaps that can withstand significant wear and tear. You also have the addition of three media control buttons – previous, play/pause and continue – a volume rocker and a sleep function button.
There is a USB-C connection cable and a two-port USB-C hub on the back of the keyboard. There are no adjustable keyboard feet to lift the back of the keyboard, so you’re stuck with a flat typing angle.
The USB-C interconnect cable measures just under 72 inches and the length of the cable is more than enough for most workstation layouts. The USB-C technology ensures fast data transfer to your computing device.
There is no integrated keyboard lighting, so the MacTigr cannot use Das Keyboard’s proprietary “Q” lighting software. It’s not a real deal-breaker, but many of the keyboards in the Das Keyboard range to do provide backlight. For a wired keyboard that doesn’t have to worry about battery life, it would have been nice to see some backlighting or RGB integration in the MacTigr.
Das Keyboard MacTigr: Accessibility
- No backlight
- Flat typing angle
The Das Keyboard MacTigr is somewhat disappointing in this category. The MacTigr has no extendable stands or adjustable feet to change the user’s typing angle. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but many competing keyboards in this price range do have this feature.
This forces the user to manually adjust their body position to find the most comfortable typing angle. It’s not a big concern as this is easy enough to do. At a price of over $200, though, it’s curious how this keyboard doesn’t have this feature.
There is no wireless or Bluetooth capability. The MacTigr provides approximately 6 feet of cable connection between the MacTigr keyboard and the USB-C input. This will realistically tie most people to their workstation. While this is not a problem for most, anyone with mobility issues should bear this in mind.
In addition, the lack of backlighting or RGB lighting can pose problems for the visually impaired, especially in dimly lit environments. It doesn’t look like backlighting would have been too expensive to include. There are actually cheaper Das Keyboard Windows/Linux keyboards with backlighting and/or RGB lighting and are available for purchase on the Das Keyboard website.
Das Keyboard MacTigr: Performance
- Incredible Responsiveness
- True plug and play
The Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard will ultimately be defined by Apple users not for its lack of fancy features, but rather for its performance and comfort.
This is where the MacTigr stands out. The MacTigr is incredibly pleasant to use when you find the right typing angle on your workstation. All keystrokes are perfectly registered with an advertised actuation force of approximately 50 grams of pressure. The pre-travel and total travel are measured at 1.2 millimeters and 3.2 millimeters respectively.
The result is a perfectly registered keystroke with a minimal amount of finger pressure, yet plenty of tactile feedback to the user. This tactile feedback makes typing a lot easier to feel as opposed to typing on an optical or membrane keyboard equipped with scissor switches.
The difference is that when you type at high speeds, the resistance and feedback tells your brain that the key has been pressed without you even having to guess twice or look at the keyboard to make sure you hit the key. pressed properly. The result is a stronger typical bio-feedback between the fingers and the brain.
If you are a professional typist, this will allow you to work and type much more efficiently. Even if you are not a professional typist, you will find that the Das Keyboard MacTigr just feels easier. There is a slight audible noise when typing, but it is quite soft and never seems to be distracting.
The MacTigr has an “n-key” rollover (NKRO) to aid in high-speed typing. NKRO is the ability to detect all keystrokes, no matter how many keys are pressed simultaneously. Current literature and research may dispute the effectiveness of NKRO, claiming that 10-key rollover is more than enough for any user, unless you play certain video games (such as rhythm games that involve more than one person). Still, NKRO works as advertised and is a nice feature to have.
Finally, the MacTigr keyboard includes true plug-and-play technology. There are no drivers to download and the MacTigr should be automatically recognized by any computer it is connected to. As mentioned before, this keyboard is not intended for Windows PCs, but it connects to our Windows devices without any problems.
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Das Keyboard MacTigr: Report Card
|Where the||The Das Keyboard MacTigr has been specially developed for Apple computers. The keycaps have the designs of Mac commands instead of Windows commands, making it a very unique keyboard. However, it is also the most expensive keyboard that Das Keyboard makes. Other Das Keyboard offerings include more features for less money.||3 / 5|
|Design||The Das Keyboard MacTigr is impeccably well built. Too bad there’s no backlighting or RGB lighting.||4 / 5|
|Accessibility||The lack of backlighting and adjustable footing can prove a bit difficult for those with special physical or visual needs. There is no wireless capability, so users are tied to their workstations.||3 / 5|
|Performance||The MacTigr performs incredibly well. Typing becomes a pleasant tactile experience and the biofeedback the user receives allows them to focus on the content rather than what their fingers are doing. The plug and play technology works very well.||5 / 5|
|Total (average)||The Das Keyboard MacTigr is designed for a very niche market, but for those looking for a premium Mac keyboard, you will be impressed.||3.8 / 5|
- First reviewed in September 2022
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