Matias Quiet Pro - A Mechanical Keyboard With Less Clickety-Clack

6/21/2013 9:12:48 AM

The Matias Quiet Pro keyboard answers the need for a real mechanical keyboard that won’t drive you or your colleagues mad by a noisy clickety-click key action.

The keyboard is not always high on the list of considerations for those buying a new computer or looking to upgrade their old one. Some may prefer to spend money on a high-end monitor, or cram in as much RAM as possible. However, for this writer, the keyboard is one of the most important components of a computer, or even the most important one. For over 10 years, which meant a split-design ergonomic keyboard in the vein of Microsoft’s Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - at least when not using a laptop. Of course, that style takes time to get used to, but it has some obvious benefits for comfort (still not mention that it is good for your wrist) over the long term.

Matias Quiet Pro keyboard

Matias Quiet Pro keyboard

However, recently, that old standby has given way to a mechanical keyboard with a traditional design – specifically the Matias Tactile Pro 3. A split-design mechanical keyboard would be perfect, but unfortunately, those are quite rare. While a keyboard like Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has advantages over normal keyboard in terms of general comfort, it still feels like a normal keyboard. This means, it's quite mushy and generally less tactile given its use of a rubber membrane for the keys instead of the individual switches found in a mechanical model like the Tactile Pro.

The Matias Tactile Pro 3 with traditional design

The Matias Tactile Pro 3 with traditional design

Anyone who has used both can authenticate the noticeable difference immediately. With a good mechanical keyboard, you do not have to worry about a key press not registering; the keys have more spring to them for a crisper feel and (here is the contentious part for some) they make more noise. It is not a typewriter-style racket, but there’s a good chance you will be frowned upon if you’re sharing a desk with someone, or are trying to take notes while on a conference call. The potential problems that led Matias to try something different with its newest keyboard – one that the company claims is world’s quietest mechanical keyboard. Did it deliver? Keep on reading to find out.


There aren’t many surprises to be found with the appearance of the Quiet Pro. The Windows-specific model is all black with a shiny surface, while the Mac version is silver and black color scheme (and a matte surface) that keeps everything on par with the current state of Apple - although with less of a luxurious feel in terms of construction. Matias has kept the overall design the same as the Tactile Pro in both cases: the same design as the old Pro keyboard of Apple with no decorations beyond three USB 2.0 ports, only the basics in terms of additional keys, two legs underneath to build it up and a 6-foot-long USB cable (no wireless option here). The PC model also adds a tab key at the top of the keypad to help people who are typing data.

The Matias quiet Pro is all black with a shiny surface

The Matias quiet Pro is all black with a shiny surface

However, the real selling point here is the keys, and in that respect, Matias has largely delivered. While it is slightly louder than the membrane-based normal keyboard, the Quiet Pro is very quiet by mechanical keyboard standards. There is just enough of sound to provide that assurance that each key is being hit, but if anyone nearby is bothered by you, it is not the keyboard’s fault.

The feel of the keys is a slightly more complicated problem. Matias say they spent more than two years working on a new type of key switch - a modified ALPS switch that they named Quiet Click - and indeed, they has released something unique. There’s no mistaking the keys for those on a traditional mechanical keyboard, but they are not sure or definitely feel like a traditional mechanical keyboard as the Tactile Pro. Of course, that is to be expected, considering that we are dealing with many plastic and moving parts, and the fact they feel as good as they do while also dampening the noise is quite an achievement. It’s also worth saying that the keys themselves have beveled, or sculpted, keytops, another once-standard feature that’s sadly becoming far less commonplace.

The keyboard’s design helps to reduce noise

The keyboard’s design helps to reduce noise

Indeed, the key switches are so unique that Matias is even planning to sell them to other companies and those who prefer going the DIY route. The company tells us those will first be available in approximately a month in batches of 800 for $100, and it says it’s also looking at selling packs of 200 for about $50- $60. There’s no confirmation yet from any other companies planning to use them in their keyboards, but at least some have expressed an interest.


Matias Quiet Pro is considered to be the world’s quietest mechanical keyboard

Matias Quiet Pro is considered the world’s quietest mechanical keyboard

Obviously, $150 is a lot of money to spend on a keyboard. However, if you intend to write more, that’s at least worth considering - whether you plan to spend it on this particular keyboard or another. Considering that it will probably outlast your current computer, and possibly another one after that, it can be seen as something more akin to an investment in a decent chair than your regular computer upgrade.

About the Quiet Pro, it is a great participation in the world of mechanical keyboards for those who fear that the clickety-clack of a traditional model will be too much for you (or your colleagues) to take. However, if you are a purist, we would suggest that you try one out before you buy it, if possible - or at least, keep your expectations in check after ordering. Maybe you will find a compromise between feelings / noise is worthy, but there is a bit of a trade-off. However, overall, a keyboard can easily justify price tag.

Technical specs


·         Type: Standard

·         Ergonomic design: Standard / straight


·         Simultaneous key presses: Yes

·         Key mechanism: Integrated


·         Connection type: Wired (USB)

·         Integrated USB hub: Yes

·         USB: 2.0 (2 ports)

Size & weight

·         Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.38 x 18.13 x 6.5 inches

·         Weight: 2.75 pounds

Pricing and availability

·         Released: September 21, 2012

·         Original price: $149



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