Das Keyboard launches premium MacTigr low-profile mechanical keyboard [Hands-on]

Das Keyboard is out with its latest advanced mechanical creation for the Mac. The all-new MacTigr keyboard features a premium build with a low-profile design, Cherry MX switches, a handy volume rocker, USB-C hub and more. Read on for all the details and our hands-on look.

Das Keyboard launched the sleek new full-size mechanical MacTigr today with the goal of offering Mac users “the ultimate typing experience” in a premium design that will stand the test of time.

The company’s co-founder and CEO, Daniel Guermeur shared this:

“Our new MacTigr is built to last and helps users achieve the highest levels of productivity and creativity, while the low-profile switches and soft PBT keys produce a smooth, satisfying action that feels like you’re typing on a cloud . We’ve brought together the best of both worlds—design and durable functionality—for a premium Mac typing experience. This is the Mac keyboard overachievers will love to use.”

Das Keyboard MacTigr specifications

  • Ultra-thin aluminum unibody design
  • Cherry MX linear low profile switches
    • Rated for 100 million keystrokes
    • 3.2mm total travel
  • Full-size 105-key layout with volume, play, pause, skip and sleep buttons
  • Double shot PBT keys
  • Full-NKRO
  • Aluminum case and steel top plate
  • Wired design with integrated USB-C cable
  • 2-port USB-C hub
  • Made for Mac
  • Price: $219 (direct or Amazon)

Materials and construction

Das Keyboard MacTigr low profile

Das Keyboard held nothing back with MacTigr. It has such a solid build and feel with the matte finished aluminum frame and the matching high quality PCB keys providing a nice texture with more durability than many ABS options.

MacTigr has a very clean and simple design that will fit in with almost any setup, but Das Keyboard has packed in plenty of valuable details such as the soft volume knob for quick adjustments, play/pause/skip buttons, a sleep button and brightness buttons along with the full numeric keypad and arrow keys.

Das Keyboard MacTigr mechanical keyboard for Mac overhead

On the back, there are four rubber feet that hold the MacTigr in place, and a metal plate in the middle.

Another thoughtful aspect of the MacTigr’s design is the dual-port USB-C hub right next to the keyboard’s integrated cable. We’ll get to that in a moment.

In use

As it happens, I’ve been using Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the past few years, so it took some time to get used to this mechanical MacTigr. I’ve had about two weeks with it and I’ve really come to enjoy the experience.

The no-click Cherry MX low-profile switches offer a more tactile experience than Apple’s keyboards or other non-mechanical choices, but it’s not so loud that it’s distracting or so resistant that you sacrifice typing speed.

As Das Keyboard notes, Cherry MX offers a short hop time of 3.2mm total travel with a tight tolerance of under 0.01mm. I have found the blend of lightness and substance that Das Keyboard has created with the use of Cherry switches and these PCB keys to be impressive.

One detail I really enjoyed in my testing with the MacTigr is having the volume rocker and media control buttons in the upper right corner. This makes it easy to build muscle memory to use them without having to look down.

Another feature that has been super handy is the built-in dual-port USB-C hub. With up to 5 Gbps data speeds and enough power for iPhone or iPad and other medium to small devices, it brings convenience and versatility.

I tested everything from USB-C hard drives and thumb drives and charging cables, to even finding a nice USB-C Native Union Apple Watch Puck case.

Constructive criticism

If you’re looking for RGB lighting or wireless connectivity, MacTigr is not the keyboard for you. But I don’t see that as a drawback, Das Keyboard is just really aware of what it wants MacTigr to excel at. It’s a seamless, tried and true design that will offer a great typing experience day in, day out for years.

The only downside I can think of is the lack of adjustability to raise the back of the keyboard. I know the MacTigr is designed as a low profile keyboard, but even having an optional accessory like its Footbar Ruler work with the MacTigr would be great to have some flexibility for hand/wrist position without having to figure out a homemade solution.

Closing

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing mechanical keyboard or pick up your first for Mac, MacTigr is a joy to use. With phenomenal materials and build quality, wonderful attention to detail, and practical features like a dual USB-C hub and volume rocker, I think Das Keyboard has created something Mac users will look forward to using every day.

If you think you’ll be fine with the low-profile design, I give the MacTigr 5/5 – for those who might need to adjust the tilt, I have to drop the rating half a point to 4.5/5 .

You can pick up the $219.99 Das Keyboard MacTigr now directly from the company as well as on Amazon.

If you’re not into or don’t want the low-profile design of the MacTigr, there’s the Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac with Cherry MX Brown switches.

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