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Das Keyboard X50Q Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 03, 2020 at 08:24 am
Latest change: Test bench update Oct 25, 2021 at 11:35 am
Das Keyboard X50Q Picture
Entertainment / HTPC

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

9.0 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.

  • Great typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Bad software support.
2.8 Mobile/Tablet

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

8.0 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.

  • Great typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Bad software support.
7.8 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.

  • Great typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Bad software support.
5.2 Entertainment / HTPC

  • Great typing experience.
  • Great build quality.
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Bad software support.
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 2.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.0 Office
  • 7.8 Programming
  • 5.2 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Oct 25, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Mar 03, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 27, 2020: Early access published.
  4. Updated Feb 25, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.

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.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is better than the Das Keyboard X50Q. The SteelSeries 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 SteelSeries has more extra features, such as a USB passthrough, an OLED screen, and better compatibility with macOS.

HyperX Alloy Origins

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 Das is more comfortable, as it comes with a wrist rest.


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

Razer BlackWidow Elite

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 Das has its 'applets' feature, but it's only accessible for Windows users.

Vortex Race 3

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.

Das Keyboard Model S Professional

The Das Keyboard X50Q is a better keyboard than the Das Keyboard Model S Professional. The X50Q has full RGB backlighting, dedicated media keys, and uses the Das Keyboard Q companion software. That said, the Model S offers a similar typing experience and has USB passthrough.

Razer Pro Type

The Razer Pro Type is better than the Das Keyboard X50Q. The Razer has better wireless connectivity, and a multi-device pairing feature. It also provides a better typing experience and has better software support. On the other hand, the Das Keyboard has dedicated media controls, full RGB backlighting, and a wrist rest.

Das Keyboard 4 Professional

The Das Keyboard X50Q is much better than the Das Keyboard 4 Professional. The X50Q has better build quality, customizable backlighting, and programmable keys. It also has software support and includes a wrist rest. The X50Q's Gamma Zulu switches are very similar to the Cherry MX Browns on the 4 Professional, but they have a shorter pre-travel distance and a lighter actuation force, resulting in a lighter and more responsive typing experience. The X50Q is only available with the Gamma Zulu switches, while the 4 Professional is available with Cherry MX Browns or Blues.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Full-size (100%)
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.3 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.2" (23.3 cm)
2.87 lbs (1.300 kg)

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

Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

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.

Board Design
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
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.

Backlighting Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Color Mixing

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.

Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

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

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

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Extra Features
Media Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

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. If you want a keyboard with USB passthrough, consider the Das Keyboard Model S Professional.

In The Box

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

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Key Switches
Gamma Zulu
Operating Force
51 gf
Actuation Force
39 gf
1.5 mm
Total Travel
3.6 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.

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. If you want a keyboard with better typing quality, check out the Razer Pro Type.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise

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

Typing Experience
Latency Wired
6.8 ms
Latency Receiver
Latency Bluetooth
Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Das Keyboard Q
Account Required
No Profile
Onboard Memory
Cloud Sync
Macro Programming
Ease Of Use
Software Windows Compatible
Software macOS Compatible

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.

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.