Over the past decade, Das Keyboard has carved out its own niche in the PC accessory market by offering devices that deliver in terms of quality construction and eye-catching design. Now, the brand is attempting to expand its reach by offering a new line of products titled Division Zero, aimed squarely at video game enthusiasts.
A good mechanical keyboard will offer benefits whether the user is typing up a document or amassing a killstreak online, but Das Keyboard isn’t relying on its prior successes to ensure a warm response from gamers. The company is using its tried-and-tested Alpha-Zulu switches as a foundation, but is also offering plenty of the bells and whistles its new audience expects.
Two audio pass-throughs to support a headphone and mic, an individually backlit keyboard, and a host of software utilities are just a few of the steps Das Keyboard has taken to ensure the success of Division Zero.
However, the highlight is the superior performance offered up by those Alpha-Zulu switches. It takes just 45g of force to depress one of the company’s specially designed components, which are whisper-quiet and rated for 60 million strokes, according to a report from Tom’s Hardware.
In addition to the X40 keyboard, the first wave of products in the Division Zero line will also feature a similarly video-game-friendly mouse. The M50 features an Avago DNS-9800 LaserStream 4G sensor with support for up to 6400 DPI, a bevy of programmable buttons, and the same excellent build quality that Das Keyboard has built its reputation upon.
The X40 is set to retail for $159, while the M50 will be sold at $79 — the latter is available for purchase right now, whereas pre-orders are ongoing for the keyboard ahead of its release in February. For more information on each of these products and the Division Zero range, head to the official Das Keyboard website.
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