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Das Keyboard 5Q is smart mechanical keyboard with an open API that allows each key to be color-controlled over the Internet.
Das Keyboard 5Q is smart mechanical keyboard with an open API that allows each key to be color-controlled over the Internet.
3,475 backers pledged $580,902 to help bring this project to life.

Das Keyboard 5Q Shipping Update + Known Issues

Posted by Das Keyboard (Creator)

Hi Backers,

We detected problems in a small percentage of one of the production batches, and will require re-assembly work to ensure the problem doesn’t arise again. For this reason, we have paused shipping at this moment and are predicting a 4-6 week delay to resume shipping and production. 

Additionally we’ve received a lot of feedback from our backers about issues they may have come across with their keyboards, and want to provide a status update on those:

Issues that will be fixed: 

  • White colors have a slight red tint: Firmware fix in progress. 
  • Selectable color profiles on keyboard without the Q app: Firmware feature being added so Mac and Linux users can use keyboard combos to select different color profiles. 
  • Left pipe upper LED not setting to correct color: Firmware fix in progress.

Issues we are still investigating: 

  • Individual RGB colors visible to some during head movement: Investigating a firmware refresh rate modification. 
  • Brightness selection button next to the media keys doesn’t work when the Q app is running: Investigating optimal solution. 
  • Residual color transitions showing up during some effects: Investigating. 
  • Audible ring on keyboard: Investigating.

We understand any frustrations, and we feel the same, but we don't want to compromise on quality.

Das Keyboard Team 

Andrew Hsieh, Jeff, and 10 more people like this update.


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    1. Tim C on

      Im requesting a refund again.

    2. Serg on

      Ok - I'm happy that you've finally provided a proper, fact-full update, so genuine congratulations on that part!
      But this is enough really - I've backed a UK layout keyboard which I believe wasn't even in production yet, and I absolutely refuse to wait yet another 4-6 (most likely 8+?) weeks for even more tweaks.
      I'll be pushing for a refund or maybe even engaging my bank to get my money back.
      I'd also be happy to receive any of your other proper mechanical keyboards instead of the 5Q at this stage, though I doubt anyone would be happy to arrange for that..?

    3. Todd Budzinski on

      The benny hill theme is free right?

    4. Brad on

      At this point I’ll even take half my money back. Better that then this going directly in the trash when it arrives. C’mon Das - do the right thing.

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      Chris Bryant on

      What a joke. I'm not even looking forward to getting this anymore. I'd much rather have my money back or an actual tested and working keyboard.

    6. Nathan K on

      Would happily accept any of your other full size cheaper keyboards in trade at this point...

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      Colby on

      I can't even tell if my keyboard has the Red Tint problem, because your software running on my windows computer isn't able to detect your keyboard yet - another bug you're aware of.

      How can i raise another separate ticket for an issue that a different one is preventing me from detecting?

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      Joe Williams on

      I've had enough I want my money back. DAS be a loyal company and offer refunds to your customers as I can't wait any longer. I really feel like when this keyboard arrives it will not be worth the wait one bit.

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      someguynamedmiles on

      Actually @simon_hepworth, this was a good update.

      just freaking type out notes from stand-up and post them.

      sad there are issues, but happy for the transparency.

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    12. Simon Hepworth on

      What. A. Joke.

      At this point, if it ever arrives I’ll likely throw it away. I will never buy anything from Das again.

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      Aaron Holmes on

      Do any shipped keyboards fall under the batch with problems?

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      Gian Lorenzo Meocci on

      At this point is clear that the keyboard will never arrived, How we can have a refund?