Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, all backers buying a Das Keyboard 5Q will have access Q API doc, example scripts as soon as it is in beta version.Last updated:
Yes. Das Keyboard 5Q does not need Internet connectivity to be able to function.
Das Keyboard 5Q does not need any driver or software or cloud connection to work like a "normal" keyboard. However software is needed to configure the color and light effects of each keys.
If installed, the Das Keyboard Q desktop app is like a configuration app (like a mouse control panel) but for setting up the keyboard color profiles and accessing the REST API. The cloud connection is only to get signals from IFTTT, Zapier, etc...Last updated:
Windows, being the biggest user base, is our main focus. However we are developing on Linux workstations and we will make sure Das Keyboard 5Q works well on Linux.Last updated:
The special hacker++ pledge includes an *additional* set of translucent key caps.
Example here from another brand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz6y7DhcMUMLast updated:
We will ship Mac keys (command and option keys) after the launch. No ETA yet. They will be free of charge but backers will pay for shipping. We'll also have the firmware support Mac layout at launch.Last updated:
Gamma Zulu switches sound and feel like Cherry MX brown switches.Last updated:
Yes the Q desktop app supports macros like string recording, editing and replay. We plan to add application launch as well.
For mac users: Keyboard Maestro will work well with Das Keyboard 5Q.Last updated:
Yes all keys and each side light pipe as well as the Q button light pipe can be controlled independently.Last updated:
Yes, this is our plan. We use a cross platform framework that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.Last updated:
Does the HACKER & HACKER++ package w/ early Q SDK allow direct access to the Das Keyboard developer team?
Yes. Backers with the HACKER & HACKER++ and INNOVATOR packages have *privileged* access to the Das Keyboard dev team. They will be able to give their input on the development of the software, API and firmware.Last updated:
In the United States, we’re obligated to collect state taxes in Texas.
EU backers’ units will be shipped from within the EU, so no duties/customs will be due, but VAT will be charged on a country-by-country basis.Last updated:
I like clicky switches. How do the Gamma Zulu switches compare to MX Blue? Can you make a more clicky version?
Switch clickyness falls typically in one of these 3 categories:
- clicky (e.g. MX blue)
- soft tactile (e.g. MX brown, Gamma Zulu)
The loudest is the clicky type. It provides an audible click and has a tactile bump. Some users don't like to use it in open space since the noise level can disturb coworkers.
The soft tactile is less clicky from an audible standpoint but still gives a great tactile click from a touch standpoint (tactile bump you can see in the force diagram above) while being a lot less noisy.
The linear type does not click and has no tactile bumps.
Which one is best? It is a matter of personal preference. The Gamma Zulu switch is soft tactile.
Q: Can Das Keyboard make a version of the Gamma Zulu switch very clicky like MX blue?
A: Short answer: not at this point. Making a switch or a switch modification and its associated testing phase and production lines involve massive resources and time investments which is beyond the scope of this Kickstarter.Last updated:
Of course. Every key can bet set to a different color.Last updated:
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