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Das Keyboard X50Q Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 03, 2020 at 08:24 am
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7.8
Mixed usage
8.9
Gaming
0.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
8.0
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Das Keyboard X50Q is an excellent mechanical gaming keyboard with a unique feature to help you keep track of the things you care about. Using its 'applets', you can follow the stock market, check for incoming email, or just a simple reminder to get up and stretch. Typing feels light and the resulting noise is quiet enough for any noise-sensitive environments. Although there's customization software, its compatibility and functions are rather limited. Overall, it's a versatile keyboard that's suitable for gaming and productivity.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed usage

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a good keyboard for most uses. It provides a great typing experience and it makes very little noise, which is suitable for any office setting. Its switches are very responsive, and macros can be set to any key. Gamers should be satisfied with its full RGB backlighting, but it lacks dedicated macro keys for MMO games, and its customization software is limiting.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Dedicated media controls
Cons
  • Bad software support.
8.9 Gaming

The Das Keyboard X50Q is an excellent gaming keyboard. It feels extremely responsive due to the switches' low pre-travel distance, and the low actuation force won't tire you out during long gaming sessions. Its RGB backlighting is great for gaming in the dark, but MMO players may be disappointed with the lack of dedicated macro keys. Sadly, its customization software doesn't allow profile saving, so all profiles need to be saved on the keyboard's onboard memory.

0.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with mobile devices.

7.8 Office

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a good office keyboard. The tactile switches feel great to type on and they aren't fatiguing. The keyboard comes with a wrist rest for extra support, and typing noise is very minimal, so it shouldn't be bothersome to your colleagues. Also, the 'applets' can help remind you of important tasks, or just to keep an eye on incoming emails.

8.0 Programming

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a great keyboard for programming. Typing on this keyboard feels light and responsive, and it shouldn't cause any fatigue. The RGB backlight is great for those who like to work in a dark room, and you can set macros to any key. Unfortunately, its unique 'applets' feature can only be customized through the software, which isn't available for macOS and Linux users.

  • 7.8 Mixed usage
  • 8.9 Gaming
  • 0.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.0 Programming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.3 cm)
Depth 6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a large, full-size keyboard, and will take up more space if you use the included wrist rest.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The X50Q has a great build quality. It has a solid plastic base with an aluminum plate on top. The keyboard is heavy and feels very robust. The keycaps are high-quality ABS plastic and the included wrist rest has a smooth plastic finish. Most keys are stable, except for the spacebar, which has a slight rattle to it.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Detachable

Ergonomics are good. The keyboard doesn't have a particularly high profile and has one incline setting. Unfortunately, the included wrist rest isn't padded and has a smooth plastic finish instead.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting and the keys are individually-lit. You can customize the backlight through the Das Keyboard Q customization software and brightness can be adjusted on the keyboard.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This keyboard has a long, braided cable and it isn't detachable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
Jog
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

There are dedicated media controls at the top right corner of the keyboard. Pressing the volume jog opens the Das Keyboard Q software, and macros are set on the keyboard itself by pressing FN+F11, the desired macro key, followed by the macro sequence, and FN+F11 again to end recording. There's also a Windows lock key to prevent accidentally minimizing your game.

Design
In The Box

  • Das Keyboard X50Q
  • Extra textured keycaps
  • Keycap remover
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Gamma Zulu
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
39.4 gf
Pre-Travel
1.56 mm
Total Travel
3.53 mm

The X50Q uses mechanical switches that have a soft tactile feedback to indicate the actuation, somewhat similar to Cherry MX Brown switches. The keys are very easy to press and the keyboard's low pre-travel distance feels very responsive; however, it may lead to more typos if you're not used to them.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience is great. The switches provide good tactile feedback and don't feel tiring to type on. The keys have standard spacing, which is great for typing accuracy, and the keys are stable, though the spacebar has a slight rattle.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise is quiet on this keyboard and it shouldn't bother your surrounding colleagues.

Software and Operating System
5.0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Das Keyboard Q
Account Required
Yes
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The X50Q has poor software support. It uses the Das Keyboard Q software, which is only available for Windows. An account is required to access the backlight customization, and you can also bind 'applets' to keys. This allows you to keep track of information that may be important to you through the backlight's color, such as the stock market, CPU usage, or a simple reminder. You can set macros on the keyboard without using the software by pressing FN+F11, followed by the key that you want to map, the mapped sequence, and finish up by pressing FN+F11 again. Unfortunately, the software doesn't allow profile saving, but you can save them on the onboard memory.

If you want a keyboard that has better software support, check out the Ducky Shine 7.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The X50Q has decent compatibility. Its customization software is only available for Windows, but all keys function properly on Linux. On macOS, Scroll Lock and Pause/Break don't work.

Compared to other keyboards

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a versatile gaming keyboard with a unique 'applet' feature; however, as a whole, it doesn't offer much more than its competitors, such as the SteelSeries Apex Pro. Its customization software is also fairly limited, as it can't save any profiles and macros need to bet set on the keyboard itself.

For other options, you can see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Razer BlackWidow Elite
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Amazon.com

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is better than the Das Keyboard X50Q in most uses. Typing and build quality are both significantly better on the Razer, and the Synapse 3 software has many more options to choose from. Razer's included wrist rest is more comfortable, and it has a USB passthrough and a headphone jack for convenience. The X50Q has its 'applets' feature, but it's only accessible for Windows users.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL
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Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is better than the Das Keyboard X50Q. The Apex 7 TKL has a much better build quality, and its customization software has a lot more options. Typing quality is very similar on both and they're equally comfortable, but the Apex 7 TKL has more extra features, such as a USB passthrough, an OLED screen, and better compatibility with macOS.

Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB
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Amazon.com

The Das Keyboard X50Q is better than the Logitech G815. The X50Q has a significantly better typing quality, all keys are programmable, and its ergonomics are also much better. However, the G815 has much better software support, and it has a column of dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

HyperX Alloy Origins
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Amazon.com

The HyperX Alloy Origins is slightly better than the Das Keyboard X50Q. The HyperX has a much better typing and build quality, and its software allows for profile saving. The HyperX has linear switches that are better suited for gaming, however, the X50Q is more comfortable, as it comes with a wrist rest.

Vortex Race 3
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Amazon.com

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a slightly better keyboard for professionals than the Vortex Race 3. Its full-size design gives you access to more keys, but does take a bit more space on your desk, especially if you use the included wrist rest. On the other hand, the Vortex is better-built thanks to a metal frame, but it doesn't have any backlighting like the Das, although an RGB variant exists. The X50Q also gives you access to 'applets' to show you desired information, which the Vortex can't do.

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