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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: April Shipping Update

Posted by Das Keyboard (Creator)

Hi Backers,

We just wanted to give you a shipping update on the Das Keyboard 5Q. We were able to address the issues that caused us to hold shipment, which were mentioned in the previous Kickstarter update. We are now ready to resume assembly, and will begin shipping by the week of May 7th. Again, we thank everyone for their patience as we work through everything.

As a reminder, please reach out to the Das Keyboard Q Forum and Helpdesk as your resources for any assistance you may need:

  • Das Keyboard Q Forum - Discuss software development, issues, bugs, ideas, and anything technical with other users and the Das Keyboard team. 
  • Das Keyboard Helpdesk - Use the Das Keyboard help desk for help on shipping and defective keyboards.

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    1. Chris Czub on

      ...May 7 has come and gone, WTF is the deal?

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      Bobby on

      What issues were fixed?

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      Nuno Antunes on

      I'd like to leave a comment to the kickstarter team also... done doing for this guys anyway!!!

      I've stopped funding projects after this one... does this tell you anything? Do you care that people stops funding projects??

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      Joe Williams on

      I can't wait any longer, good luck with the class action lawsuit DAS, nearly 2 years since project successfully funded. Wasting yours and everyone elses time.

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      Lewis MacDonald on

      It sounds like this post was done by someone either new or young in the company and was told by someone higher up "Yeah the problems are fixed, send an update so they can't say we're not communicating".
      I.E. Someone who doesn't know what has been done.
      Doesn't fill me with much hope...

    6. Aditya Purandare on

      K thanks. Anyways, my keyboard sits on a shelf. No Mac support and the ringing sound on keys is annoying AF

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      Robert Laidlaw on

      We are starting to close in on vaporware territory. Just saying that if your commercial operations had looked anything like this, you likely wouldn't still be in business. Or do you just have your b/c-squad working on this product?

      Can't wait to see the final product but am not going to hold my breath. :-/

    8. Brad on

      Just send me $20 or so and we’ll call it even. Better than shipping this piece of junk to me and having it end up in a landfill.

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      Vadim Tarasov on

      DAS Keyboard - you have proved that you don't care about your customers. You will never be able to gain credibility again. The way you managed this project is disgraceful and you did not have a decency to admit your failure and refund people. Dirty scammers.

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      Andrew Rossignol on

      @TheIndieArmy They have not been transparent at all. These updates lack detail and do not make me confident that they will in fact hit their next date (which is a moving window at best). Hence my request for additional details.

      You should read the reviews on the keyboards that were already shipped. It is disappointing to wait nearly two years for this.

      I type this on my five year old Das Model S professional with MX Browns that I have written ~0.5M lines of code on. I'm a Das fan, but this has let me down.

    11. Kyle Magocs

      I know you won’t, but maybe you could elaborate on what you mean by “We were able to address the issues”

      Like, what did you fix? Did you fix the capacitor whine? The bubbling palm rests? The pink leds? The keyboard crashing? The keys ringing? The leds dying?

      I don’t say this lightly, fire whoever’s doing your kickstarter updates / PR because this is absolutely atrocious

    12. TheIndieArmy on

      @Andrew Rossignol

      The cause of the delay was they were not accurate in their initial predictions of the issues. They have been very transparent as to the issues they have faced. If there were additional issues, they would have told us.

    13. Hongxin Zhang on

      `Successfully funded on Jul 30 2016`
      Sigh... Will I get it within two years???

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      Bill on

      Isn't it kind of late for an April Fools joke? But then again everything with this project has been kind of late. Well played.

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      Ema Ber on

      Anyone managed to get a refund?

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      Brad Cook on

      I had written this off and forgotten about this. Good to know we will get a better keyboard than the people that paid extra for the expedited shipping. How you weren't able to figure out these problems before you shipped to them is beyond me.

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      Andrew Rossignol on

      @ TheIndieArmy

      Yes - clearly that is the case. I am asking for what caused the additional delay.

      This entire project was scheduled incorrectly while numerous competitor products have passed by.

    18. Stanislav on

      Software update? The keyboard is unusable. I mean I can type on it, but that's not why I have spent $200+ on it.

    19. TheIndieArmy on

      @Andrew Rossignol

      The March update said they were predicting a 4-6 week delay. Obviously they predicted wrong and the issue took longer to address. Simple as that.

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      DC on

      Thank for updating us. On the last update, 4 issues were being investigated (aside from the 3 issued mentioned that will get fixed). We’re any of these investigated issues (such as audible ringing while typing and other) fixed?

      Please let us know which ones were fix and which ones were not.

      Thank you.

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      Andrew Rossignol on

      Your March 9th update specified a 4 - 6 week delay. May 7th makes this a 8.5 week delay. Can you explain why there was an additional delay?

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      Zebi on

      Any update on the UK & other layout keyboards?