The Good Full keyboard design includes number pad; function keys accessible in home row.
The Bad Expensive; no extras; doesn't lock open; sticky keys; large footprint despite foldable design.
The Bottom Line The $100 Matias Folding Bluetooth keyboard would make a good sidekick for the Apple iPad and other portable computers; however, its unforgivable design missteps and an oversize footprint make it clumsy and awkward. You should pass this by and spend less to get the official Apple Wireless Keyboard.
|Matias Bluetooth Folding Keyboard Full Size USB Keyboard||Logitech Slim Combo for iPad Pro||Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000||Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad||Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard (Black)|
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Matias Bluetooth Folding Keyboard Full Size USB Keyboard
The growing popularity of Netbooks and tablet PCs such as the Apple iPad is breathing new life into the third-party wireless keyboard market. Matias offers a full-size variation with a portable twist that folds in half and includes a number pad on the side, but it has some serious design flaws. The $100 keyboard doesn't lock together, which makes it difficult to use anywhere except a flat surface (like your lap) and it doesn't offer anywhere close to the amount of extras features you get on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. If you're looking for an affordable input device for your laptop, Netbook, or tablet PC, Apple offers a more attractive solution.
Our biggest issue with the Matias Folding Bluetooth Keyboard is that it just feels too big and clumsy. In fact, Mathias' plain black finish and asymmetrical fold is almost an eyesore next to the clean, beveled lines of the Apple iPad. While Matias advertises the keyboard as portable, it's actually slightly longer than the iPad is, even when it's folded. It's a less than elegant partnership.
When opened, the Matias Folding Bluetooth keyboard is the same size as a standard desktop keyboard and measures 18-inches long by 5-inches wide. The layout is familiar, with a row of function (F1-F12) keys lining the top and three small buttons that control volume and mute on the top right corner. To save space, Matias beefs up the traditional Fn key and reroutes the navigational arrow keys on top of the "asdf" and "hjkl;" keys to give you quick access without leaving the home row. It's a neat feature, but it will take time to adjust to if you're used to having separate keys for everything.