Finding a modest-looking mechanical keyboard that No suck is a pipe dream for Mac users. But Das Keyboard’s new MacTigr might break the mold. It has premium specs, a couple of unique features and, to our surprise, a very “normal” design.
Yes, the MacTigr is a “professional” mechanical keyboard. It has a complete design with an integrated number pad, an all-black design, and a complete lack of backlighting. At a glance, it almost looks like one of those cheap keyboards that come with Dell computers, and to be clear, I mean that in a good way!
Under the hood, this is one impressive keyboard. It has a steel top plate, an aluminum base, and an ultra-slim design (1.06 inches at its tallest point). Cherry MX linear switches have only 3.2mm of total travel (1.2mm pre-travel), and you don’t need to worry about ghosting with Full-NKRO support. Also, the double-shot PBT keycaps should last for years without getting that shiny or greasy texture.
Feature-wise, MacTigr includes dedicated media controls, a rubberized volume knob, an eject button, brightness controls, and a sleep button. Most impressively, it has two built-in USB-C ports for charging or data transfer – old school, but cool! (To be clear, this is a wired-only keyboard.)
Now, this is not the first attempt at Das Keyboard on a macOS keyboard. We previously featured the company’s Das Keyboard 4 in our The best mechanical keyboards for Mac summary, and in particular, the Das Keyboard 5QS features some amazing customizations for advanced users. The new MacTigr simply improves on previous designs and focuses on a purely “pro” experience.
The MacTigr is available today for $219 on the Das Keyboard website and Amazon. That’s quite a bit of money for a Mac keyboard, but to be fair, this is a pretty unique product.