Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard review: Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good Alps mechanical switches make satisfying click; laser-etched keys won't fade; strong build; three integrated USB 2.0 ports; compatible with PC and Mac (with drivers).

The Bad Expensive; clicking sound irritates neighbors.

The Bottom Line Fans of Apple's legendary Extended II keyboard will love the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0's sculpted keys and satisfying click. Its sturdy build and laser-etched keys also ensure a long lifespan. If you get past the $150 price, the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 makes a solid replacement for the stock Apple keyboard.

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The Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 is the next best alternative to tracking down an example of the original Apple Extended Keyboard that garnered cultlike appeal for its long throw action (key depression distance), solid build quality, and the mechanical clacking sound. Apple has long since retired the Extended and Extended II designs in favor of its newest Wireless Keyboard , but Matias continues the legacy with Apple-inspired features like Alps mechanical keyswitches, laser-etched sculpted keys, and three USB ports for connecting your other USB peripherals. Casual typists will certainly balk at paying $150 for what appears to be a "basic" Apple replacement keyboard, but we recommend the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 for true typing enthusiasts that understand its throwback appeal and appreciate its modern upgrades.

The layout of the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 is purposefully reminiscent of Apple's original Extended Keyboard, but you'll also notice a similarity to the much-criticized Apple Pro Keyboard that came bundled with the Power Mac G4. Luckily, the Tactile Pro 3.0 only borrows the design of that era. The keyboard features the same translucent white plastic finish that makes a good match even next to modern Apple computers, and the build quality feels durable despite an audible flex to the plastic body. Finally, Matias also includes a three-port USB 2.0 hub on the back and sides of the keyboard so you don't have to sacrifice your other precious peripherals to use it.

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Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard

Part Number: FK302
MSRP: $159.95 Low Price: $262.23 See all prices

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  • Compatibility PC