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Das Keyboard MacTigr: 1 minute review

The Das Keyboard MacTigr mechanical keyboard is a high-performance full-size keyboard built with the Apple user in mind. The MacTigr keyboard features a metallic chassis, low-profile Cherry MX Red switches, and ultra-fast USB-C connectivity. The MacTigr keyboard incorporates keycaps with Apple command designs instead of Windows command designs resulting in a keyboard that is incredibly integrated with the Apple user environment.

The chassis features a durable aluminum construction that houses the keyboard components as well as a stainless steel cover plate that can easily withstand years of abuse. Cherry MX Red’s low-profile switches provide a pleasant tactile feel to the user. The keys are rated for 100 million operations (ahem, keystrokes) which statistically means you’ll never have to replace that keyboard.

MacTigr comes with a full number pad, media controls, voice key, and full n key. While MacTigr specifically has keycaps that represent Apple commands, MacTigr can connect to Windows PCs as well. MacTigr features a wired USB-C connection. There’s no USB-C to USB-A dongle built into 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 some backlighting and wireless connectivity.

It’s an expensive keyboard and definitely not for everyone. The Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard is designed for the Apple user who is looking for a keyboard with slightly outdated architecture, tactile mechanical feedback, and incredible durability. Anyone looking to pay a premium to get this kind of keyboard experience has probably been waiting for a keyboard like MacTigr to come out for quite some time, and they certainly won’t be disappointed.

Das Keyboard MacTigr: Price and Availability

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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  • How much does it cost? $219 / about £190 / AU$340
  • When does it come out? It is now available through Das Keyboard.com and some major retailers
  • Where can you get it? Now available in the United States. Soon available in the UK and Australia.

Key Specifications of Das Keyboard MacTigr

Contact: Wired USB Type C
switch type: Cherry MX Red
layout type: Mac
number of keys: 104
Dimensions (L x D x H): 17.16 x 5 x 1.06 inches | 436 x 127 x 27 mm

The Das Keyboard MacTigr Mechanical Keyboard is a specialized item marketed to Apple users. It retails for $219 in the US market, which is around £190 / AU$340. However, that’s the price some people are willing to pay for quality mechanical keyboards, and the Das keyboard is the absolute best.

The MacTigr lacks some of the features of other mechanical keyboards in the $200 range, but many competing keyboards in this price range include some kind of trade-off.

For example, the Razer Pro Type Ultra mechanical keyboard retails for $159.99 and features backlit and wireless capabilities. However, its keyboard layout includes Windows-specific keys (eg, “CTRL” key, Windows key, etc.) rather than Apple-specific keys. If you’re willing to bypass the Windows keycaps (you can reset the keys as needed to use macOS), the ProType Ultra isn’t a perfect fit, but it’s a good value.

Das Keyboard MacTigr: Design

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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  • great rest
  • Fantastic response
  • Built in USB hub

The Das Keyboard MacTigr mechanical keyboard features a well-built and robust keyboard design. The chassis consists of an aluminum frame and a stainless steel top. The stainless steel top snaps securely into the aluminum core housing. The all-metal construction contributes to the MacTigr’s fairly large weight (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 heft, so there are no surprises here.

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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MacTigr features Cherry MX Red keys under each key on the keyboard. This creates an incredibly durable key design that is designed to withstand extraordinary use. Cherry GmbH, the German switch manufacturer, claims that the Cherry MX Red switch can last up to 100 million keystrokes.

The MacTigr keyboard consists of a standard 104-key layout that combines a standard Apple keyboard with a ten-key keyboard. MacTigr incorporates low-profile Doubleshot PBT keycaps that resist wear and tear. You’ll also have the addition of three media control buttons – previous, play/pause, and forward – a volume dial and a sleep function button.

There is a USB-C connection cable as well as a 2-port USB-C hub on the back of the keyboard. There are no adjustable keyboard feet to raise the back of the keyboard, so you’re stuck with a flat typing angle.

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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The USB-C connection cable measures just under 72 inches, and the cable length is more than enough for most workstation layouts. USB-C technology ensures fast data transfer to your computer.

There is no built-in keyboard lighting, therefore, MacTigr cannot use the “Q” lighting software for the Das keyboard. It’s not a real deal, but many keyboards in the Das Keyboard lineup an act Advance backlighting. 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

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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  • No backlight
  • flat writing angle

The Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard is a bit disappointing in this category. MacTigr does not include any extendable rests or adjustable feet to change the user’s typing angle. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but many competing consoles in this price range have this feature.

This forces the user to manually adjust their body position to find the most comfortable typing angle. It’s not a huge concern because that’s easy enough. However, for a price point of over $200, it is strange how this keyboard does not include this feature.

No wireless or bluetooth capability. MacTigr provides approximately 6 feet of cable connection between the MacTigr keyboard and the USB-C port. This will realistically hook most people to their workstation. Although this is not a problem for most people, anyone with mobility issues should keep this in mind.

Moreover, lack of backlighting or RGB lighting may cause some difficulty for the visually impaired, especially in dimly lit environments. It didn’t seem that incorporating the backlight was too expensive. There are already cheaper Windows/Linux keyboards than the Das keyboard that features backlit and/or RGB lighting and is available for purchase on the Das Keyboard website.

Das Keyboard MacTigr: Performance

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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  • Incredible response
  • True plug and play

The Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard will eventually be identified, by Apple users, not because of its lack of fancy features but rather on its performance and comfort.

Here, MacTigr stands out. MacTigr is fun to use when you find the right typing angle on your workstation. All keystrokes are logged perfectly with a stated actuation force of about 50g of pressure. Pre-travel and total travel were measured at 1.2 mm and 3.2 mm, respectively.

The result is perfectly recorded key operation with minimal finger pressure, yet plenty of tactile feedback for the user. This tactile feedback makes typing more feel than it does on an optical keyboard or a membrane keyboard with scissor keys.

The difference is that when you type at high speeds, the resistance and feedback tell your brain that the key has been turned without having to guess twice or looking at the keyboard to make sure the key is pressed appropriately. The result is stronger biological responses to writing between the fingers and the brain.

If you are a professional writer, this allows you to work and write more efficiently. Even if you are not a professional writer, you will notice that the Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard is much easier to use. There is a slight noise audible when typing but it is rather soft and never seems distracting.

MacTigr includes “n-key” (NKRO) scrolling to aid in high-speed typing. NKRO is the ability to detect all keystrokes regardless of how many keys are pressed simultaneously. The current literature and studies may question the efficacy of NKRO, and claim that 10 keys swipe is more than enough for any user unless you are playing certain video games (such as rhythm games involving more than one person). However, NKRO works as advertised which is a nice feature.

Finally, the MacTigr keyboard incorporates true plug-and-play technology. There are no drivers to download and MacTigr should be recognized automatically by every computer it is connected to. As mentioned before, this keyboard is not for Windows PCs, but it connects to our Windows machines without any problems at all.

Should I buy the Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard?

MacTigr Das keyboard on a glass desktop

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Das Keyboard MacTigr: Report Card

Values Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard is specially developed for Apple computers. Keycaps feature Mac command designs rather than Windows commands, making it a very unique keyboard. However, it is also the most expensive keyboard that Das Keyboard makes. Other Das keyboard offers include more features for less money. 3/5
design Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard is very well designed. Too bad there is no backlighting or RGB lighting. 4/5
Accessibility The lack of backlighting and adjustable feet can be a bit tricky for those with special physical or visual needs. There is no wireless capability, so users will be attached to their workstations. 3/5
performance MacTigr works very well. Typing becomes a pleasant tactile experience and the lively feedback that the user gets allows the user to focus on the content rather than what their fingers are doing. Plug and play technology works very well. 5/5
overall average) The Das Keyboard MacTigr keyboard is designed for a very niche market, but for those individuals who are looking for a premium Mac keyboard, you will love it. 3.8 / 5
  • First revised September 2022

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