Das Keyboard vs. Corsair
When it comes to who’s who of mechanical keyboards, several major manufacturers come to mind. Two of the all around best that hold a spot at the top of the list are Das Keyboard and Corsair. Let’s take a dive into each of these companies to help you determine which makes keyboards that suite your needs the best.
Das Keyboard Overview
Das Keyboard is a company that set out to specialize in making great keyboards back in the mid 2000’s, and by 2008 they had major hits with the Das Keyboard Ultimate and Professional. In 2014, they raised the bar to a whole new level by releasing the Das Keyboard 4 series.
The aim of Das Keyboard has always been to make high-end keyboards that tailor to power users and professionals, not necessarily the gaming crowd. Features like a minimalist aluminum plate, high-quality construction, a USB 3.0 hub, and awesome dedicated media controls make the Das Keyboard 4 one of our best mechanical keyboards you can find.
Just recently, Das Keyboard announced a new line of keyboards aimed specifically towards gamers – the Division Zero keyboards. You can check out our Division Zero x40 review for more photos and details, but these keyboards differ from the other Das Keyboard products in some ways.
For starters, the x40 doesn’t use Cherry MX switches, but uses a “Division Zero” line of switches made by a Chinese manufacturer but customized to have a shorter travel distance before the switch in activated, in theory giving users a faster reaction time. The x40 also has a top aluminum plate that can be unscrewed and swapped out for a different look, 5 dedicated macro buttons, and red LED backlights.
Corsair is a bit of a more mature company dating back to the 90’s, but they made their name making computer memory. Most PC enthusiasts know them for their high-quality RAM and now SSDs. In more recent years, they’ve branched out into a wide variety of other PC components including mechanical keyboards.
Corsair, being a major manufacturer with many popular keyboards, seems to have a great relationship with Cherry and uses Cherry MX switches exclusively in their mechanical keyboards. Recently they have been the first manufacturer to sell an RGB keyboard with Cherry MX switches, and the first to get the Cherry MX Silent switches.
Corsair’s focus is making gaming mechanical keyboards, and they do a great job at it. Similar to Das Keyboard, their keyboards always have a very high build-quality and innovative features packed into them. Corsair offers 8 different keyboards today and is constantly working on new iterations to add to their product line.
Das Keyboard or Corsair – Which is Better?
We would love to be able to declare one of these brands the outright best, but the truth is it depends on what your needs are. We made a handy table that should help you figure out which one is best for you –
|Target Audience||Professionals and Power Users, Gamers (Division Zero line)||Gamers|
|Switches||Cherry MX or Greetech, depending on keyboard||Cherry MX|
|Strengths||Build quality, media buttons, USB 3.0 hub, aluminum chassis||Build quality, gaming features, gaming keycaps, RGB backlighting, software|
|Price Range||~$145-170 depending on model||~$100-180 depending on model|
|Best for...||office workers, programmers, power users, minimalists||gamers, people who want amazing RGB backlighting effects|
Generally speaking, if your primary goal is to get a keyboard for your home gaming PC, then going with a Corsair keyboard is your best option.
However, if you’re not looking for a gaming keyboard and would prefer a keyboard to take to the office, or just a keyboard with a more sleek and professional style, Das Keyboard would be an excellent option.
Our Favorite Das Keyboard Keyboard
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional is all-around one of the best mechanical keyboards out there, and the best one that Das Keyboard offers. Available in Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown switches, this keyboard has awesome features like a USB 3.0 hub and the best media controls on any keyboard.
Our Favorite Corsair Keyboard
While Corsair has many great options to choose from, we think the keyboard that offers the best value is the STRAFE RGB. It comes with awesome extras like a detachable wristrest, MOBA and FPS gaming keys, a textured spacebar, and some of the best RGB backlighting you’ll find in any keyboard. It features a USB pass-through port and your choice of Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown switches.