Matias Quiet Pro
£118.80www.keyboardco.comThe Matias Quiet Pro is a mechanical keyboard, which means each key has its own dedicated switch that ind
The Matias Quiet Pro is a mechanical keyboard, which means each key has its own dedicated switch that independently sends information to the computer. This is different from a non-mechanical (or membrane) keyboard, where the keys sit on a rubber membrane connected to a series of switches, several of which are linked together. The drawback with a membrane keyboard is that holding down more than one key can cause the keyboard to lose track of what’s been pressed. Also, to make a connection, you have to press the key all the way down.
With the Matias Quiet Pro, you only have to press a key very slightly to make the switch register, despite the keys having a significant ‘travel’ (the distance the keys can be depressed), which makes typing more comfortable. Its mechanical switches meant it blitzed our ghosting test. With this keyboard, you can hold down any 10 keys simultaneously and they’ll all register independently. We tried this in various combinations and the results were impressive every time. You’ll need more than one pair of hands to be able to hold down enough keys to give this keyboard any ghosting problems.
The interior components of the keyboard make it unusually heavy, which means it won’t slide around on your desk. It’s also an absolute dream to type on. The keys almost feel like they type themselves – the slightest pressure and they move down with a very tactile but gentle click.
As its name suggests, it’s also quiet to type on. The mechanical switches are louder than the membrane keyboards we’ve reviewed here, but compared to the Bronze Award-winning Filco, it’s very quiet. There are no headline-grabbing gimmicks on this keyboard but it has three USB ports, which operate as a mini-hub, so you can plug in devices and storage.
This is an expensive keyboard that has none of the extra functions and buttons that many upgrade keyboards provide, except for three USB ports you can use to plug in peripherals and storage. But what it lacks in bells and whistles, it more than makes up for with a luxury feel that’s a dream to type on. It also performed well in our ghosting test, beating all the other keyboards. It’s a significant investment, but cheaper keyboards simply don’t compare.
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