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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 June Update

Posted by Das Keyboard (Creator)

Hi Backers,

We are very excited that we have almost completed shipping all the rewards for the backers, including all keycaps. There are approximately 150 keyboards remaining to be shipped. This will be done over the next two weeks. It’s been a long journey, but the work is not finished! Now that you have the keyboards in your hands, we will continue to improve the software experience, and deliver the Mac/Linux support.

Documentation Website Changes:

The documentation website for Q has moved to

Q Desktop Upcoming Release Improvements:


  • POST request timing out on the local API for signal creation 
  • Connectivity loss of the keyboard with the QApp when computer goes to sleep 
  • Bugs related to the zoneId XY API 
  • Disabled link to the signal center on the signal popovers for signals that are coming from the local API 
  • Profile switcher now has a multi device support 
  • Turn off the Q-BUTTON if there is no signals on the dashboard 
  • -Remove the signals from the dashboard after deletion in signal center


  • Added action to quit the app from the navbar popover menu
  • Added negative id to signals created from local API and ability to delete them by using a DELETE request from localhost 
  • Added ability to change device RGB colors without login to the cloud 
  • Added ability to use local API without login to the Q cloud 
  • Ability to Delete signal by zoneID in local API. zoneId can be vector example: (2,2), linear id example: 25 or code example: KEY_T 
  • Added UK layout for the 5Q 
  • Apart from the DK5Q every device will be displayed only if it was plugged in one time. Also the user can forget this device and will have to plug it again for the app to remember it again 
  • Added copyright in about menu 
  • Default profiles uses zoneXY. That means they are now multi device compatible 
  • User preference to enable or disable sound notifications 
  • User preference to show or hide app window at startup 
  • Added a Quiet mode option to prevent interruption. In quiet mode only the RGB profiles are displayed on the devices. Signals are not displayed. Sound and notifications are disabled. Once the quiet mode is disabled, signals that came before, and new signals will be displayed as expected. 
  • Added ability to delete signals from the dashboard signal popovers


  • Moved the preference action to the settings ‘cog’ dropdown. And always display the ‘cog’ dropdown even if user not logged in 
  • Added better user experience when the app loses connectivity with the cloud (Example: red cross displayed on the Q-icon if the backend cloud server is unreachable, cross will disappear when the connectivity is back)

Q Desktop Service Upcoming Release Improvements: 


  • Stability of the service

Android Q App Update:
Download Link


  • Added method to handle signals with coordinates (X,Y) as zoneId 
  • Added new section Developer tools in the Settings 
  • Added new section Crash Test in Developer tools which allow the user to force the application to crash and to send a report to Firebase Crashlytics 
  • Added an icon next to the section All in the drawable menu


  • Upgrade the notifications module 
  • Changed application icon 
  • Replaced Firebase Crash report with Firebase Crashlytics 
  • Update api 1.0 to api 2.0 when fetch data from the Q cloud


  • Fixed notifications for all users (especially when using Android Oreo) 
  • Fixed duplicate realm which was crashing the application 
  • Fixed the missing icons (ic_code and ic_list) 
  • Replaced toolbar title with Inbox, Unread and All instead of the name of the device selected
  • Fixed bugs with the widget 


  • Removed web sockets and now use events fetch instead 
  • Remove broken and useless snackbar: "New messages 
  • Show" when received new signals

Q app on iOS App Update: 

We’re excited to announce that the iOS version of the Q App has been submitted for approval to Apple and should be available to download very soon!

Features on deck: 

  • Support for Linux 
  • Support for macOS 
  • Keyboard ‘refresh rate’ issue fix (FW) 
  • More powerful Q api 
  • Many more smaller items…

Incorrect VAT/Import Duties: 

Some of you have been charged with incorrectly calculated VAT/Import duties. This has been caused by our fulfillment center including the incorrect value in the shipping paperwork. We deeply apologize for this. Please note that these incorrect calculations are only affecting some shipments. Most shipments are not affected and will still have to pay VAT/Import duties determined from country to country.

If you believe that your value has been incorrectly calculated and not reflective of your pledge amount, please submit a ticket at We are fixing any incorrectly declared values right now and are getting back to every customer who has opened a ticket.

WASD Keycaps:

Additionally, some of you have been asking about the 4 silver keycaps that the keyboards have been shipping with. These are meant to replace your WASD keys, with the Dashes replacing, ‘A’ and ‘D,’ the Circle replacing the ‘S,’ and the Triangle replacing the ‘W’ key. See photo below:


As a reminder, the following resources are available to all backers. The forum is the best place to interact with the Das Keyboard team. It is always recommended to check the forum first for any issues.

  • Das Keyboard Q Forum - Discuss software questions, bugs, ideas, and anything technical with other users and the Das Keyboard team. 
  • Das Keyboard Helpdesk - Use the help desk for help on shipping and defective hardware. NOT for software questions. Software questions should be discussed on the forum. 
  • - Downloads and developer documentation. 
  • Changelog - A detailed changelog is also available at the documentation website.

We will communicate again soon with the release of the new Q desktop version. The most important things right now is to share ideas, feedback and code on the Q forum:

Until next time.

Daniel + Team.

Rahul Ravikumar, Graham Connor, and 11 more people like this update.


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    1. Matthew Miano on

      Did the silver awsd keys ship with every keyboard? I don't think I got them?

    2. Matthew Miano on

      Did the silver awsd keys ship with every keyboard? I don't think I got them?

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      Michael Barreiro on

      You said you shipped them all except for 150 and that they'd be done in 2 weeks. Well two months later, still no keyboards. Where is my order?

    4. Dan Langford on

      @Das Keyboard when are these updates listed above being pushed out? the download section of still has for download Firmware Version 7.3.253 and Q DESKTOP
      For Windows Version 2.0.0-beta.4 which are the same versions that have been up for weeks. can't wait for those updates to get pushed out. they make the local api usable again (timeout fix).

    5. Das Keyboard Creator on

      Hey everyone, just want to share that the Q app has been approved and released for iOS and can be found at the App Store:…

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      Johnny Lowry on

      So I got DHL tracking numbers (only by asking for them) on June 29th. However, they do not appear to be working to pull up the shipping information. DHL says that the numbers do not match anything in their system, which seems odd since you stated mine shipped out on the 28th. Either it takes a week for DHL to update their site or the numbers given me were complete garbage. Usually with shipping companies, it at least shows that a label was made within 24-48 hours of it actually being made. Seems fishy. Needless to say whenever I come back into the market for mechanical keyboards, I will likely not be choosing DAS Keyboards.

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      s on

      I couldn't agree more. Without software, this is just a very overpriced LED keyboard with mediocre switches. I hate them.

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      Don Benson on

      @Colby I think you may have misread the update. Your pasted text from the update says "not finished", but then you quoted it as "now finished". As an early backer (#45), I have also been frustrated by the communication process. I have actively following the forums since receiving my board, and I am still hopeful that the software will reach a stable state.

    9. Sam Napolitano on

      From your FAQ:

      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.

      Where are my Mac keycaps?

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      Colby on

      I do applaud seeing an actual update with actual info, that hasn't been expected.

      I would just like to point out one aspect of your update that i'm going to have to disagree strongly with,

      " It’s been a long journey, but the work is not finished! Now that you have the keyboards in your hands, we will continue to improve the software experience, and deliver the Mac/Linux support. "

      The work is now finished... No, no it's not. Your cloud-connected keyboard is barely functional and there's yet to be a plan disclosed to resolve this. Random updates with no roadmap in place is not a way to develop a system wide software system that needs serious work. You committed to building a Cloud-Connected keyboard, the campaign needs software to work - and not just Windows, but Linux and Mac as well.

      Honestly, the keyboards should have been the easiest part of this experience... being that your commercial company builds these already.

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      Peravel on

      Thanks for that detailed update and for at least partially fixing your import cost mistake!

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      Kyle A. Matheny on

      Thanks for the update. Backer 1,997 here. Is there any way to know if a board has shipped to us?

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      Vadim Tarasov on

      Even on the VAT thing you did a mistake.

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      Vadim Tarasov on

      Piece of garbage
      Like your company
      This "keyboard" is a disgrace. Your brand is forever deleted.

    15. wildone81 on

      Nice to know that I'm somehow in the last 150 to ship, even though I got the email on Jun 1 about address updates. Guess my pledge meant nothing in terms of shipping.

    16. SAW on

      I’m sorry, I couldn’t glean it from this. So you now have macOS software? That actually connects to the keyboard?

    17. Arthur Deschamps on

      Thanks for the update
      You have date for the release linux or macos software?