Das Keyboard 4C Tenkeyless (TKL): My favorite keyboard now comes minimized

Right now I’m clicking away on a DasKeyboard that I’ve had for almost six years. It’s a wonderful keyboard, click as the day is long, and wildly comfortable. I’ve tried others – including a failed affair with a 60% keyboard that left me wanting – and I’ve always come back to Das.

DasKeyboard uses Cherry MX switches for maximum durability and great materials. Except for some shine on the home row, my current model, the Das?Keyboard 4 for Mac hasn’t lost any of its letters and it remains an amazing device.

That’s why I got pretty excited by the 4C Tenkeyless model, a $139 reduced model without, obviously, the 10-key keypad on the right side.

Why is this good? First, this model has the same size keyboard proper as the regular models but without all the width. Because few wordsmiths ever hit the 10-key keypad, that’s a lot of space saved on your desk without missing much. Further, because it’s Das, you’re going to get excellent wear out of this beast. Trust me when I say this: you’ll have this keyboard for most of a decade.

So get thee to the DasKeyboardey, young accessory lover. You won’t be sorry.


  • Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches with gold contacts
  • PBT keycaps in charcoal grey and black sublimation
  • Factory-oiled large key switches
  • 87-key tenkeyless mechanical keyboard design
  • Bumps on F and J keys (home keys)
  • NKRO over USB for faster gaming, programming, or anything that makes you a productivity ninja

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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