Matias announces world's quietest mechanical keyboard

Mechanical keyboards are a growing market, having previously shrunk in size during the 1990s. They might not be coming back in vast numbers and flooding the market, but they're becoming more common thanks to some vendors who produce and retail them.

Back in August I looked at the Matias Corporation's Tactile Pro 3 keyboard, a very Mac-oriented option for those who reminisce about the Extended Keyboard of the early 1990s. While Mac-oriented I found that it was still surprisingly capable with the Windows operating system.

Matias has since announced the Quiet Pro, which is said to be the world's quietest mechanical keyboard. Matias developed the internals in-house, instead of relying on switches produced by another company. I elaborated in the Tactile Pro 3's review, but in short the company making Tactile Pro internals is ceasing production.

According to Matias the switch is still tactile, so this could be an exciting development for typists and potentially gamers. Matias claims to have been developing the product for over two years.

The Quiet Pro is available in both Mac and PC versions, retaining the same style as the Tactile Pro keyboard (while probably being much quieter). The Quiet Pro retails at $149.95 for both Windows and Mac versions, with the Mac version being available in silver and black instead of black.

Source: Matias

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Rohdekill said,
Well, that's certainly $150.00 they won't be getting from me.

Agree. Why would users buy this overpriced black brick when better looking and silent Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is 3 times cheaper doesn't need batteries and is perfect for gaming (supports 6 keys pressed down simultaneously)?

Having a quiet keyboard is nice, but isn't the mechanical one all about the noise? For example, I have a Microsoft ball mouse and I use it every now and then for the sound it makes when you click. Maybe I'm just weird.

Sszecret said,
Having a quiet keyboard is nice, but isn't the mechanical one all about the noise? For example, I have a Microsoft ball mouse and I use it every now and then for the sound it makes when you click. Maybe I'm just weird.

I completely agree. Actually I am looking for a noisier one that has micro switches. it feels better like a typewriter.

Sszecret said,
Having a quiet keyboard is nice, but isn't the mechanical one all about the noise? For example, I have a Microsoft ball mouse and I use it every now and then for the sound it makes when you click. Maybe I'm just weird.

Yeah, the clicking noise is strangely pleasant.

But maybe these are for the guys who care for the tactile feedback but not the loud clicking noise when using it at the office

underthebridge said,
... and also World's Ugliest!

What's wrong with it? It's about as generic looking a keyboard can get. A little pricey perhaps, but ugly? Eh, it's fairly vanilla.

argodar said,
What advantages does a mechanical keyboard have? I find laptop-like keyboards a lot more comfortable (softer typing).

Personal preference mostly.. I personally find myself able to type faster and more reliably on a mechanical one versus the "smushy kind" (I especially hate laptop/chicklet keys). Seems to be more durable as well. Growing up with the metal IBM 50 pound mechanical Model M keyboards probably sways my attitude towards mechanicals too. Only downside was the noise.. when I was banging on some code in a Xenix session you could hear me a half mile away.

Max Norris said,

Personal preference mostly.. I personally find myself able to type faster and more reliably on a mechanical one versus the "smushy kind" (I especially hate laptop/chicklet keys). Seems to be more durable as well. Growing up with the metal IBM 50 pound mechanical Model M keyboards probably sways my attitude towards mechanicals too. Only downside was the noise.. when I was banging on some code in a Xenix session you could hear me a half mile away.

"Smushy" is exactly the word I was just about to use! I just can't type on those sort of keyboards, let alone play a game, or do anything as proficiently such as using short cuts. I'm just a lot faster using the mechanical keyboards. There are a few exceptions, as I recall being able to type relatively quickly on a Dell laptop with very few mistakes. Still, I'd rather not have a smushy type keyboard if I can help it.

My exes have said that I abuse my keyboard, given how hard/loud I type.

argodar said,
What advantages does a mechanical keyboard have? I find laptop-like keyboards a lot more comfortable (softer typing).

The advantage of mechanical keyboards is the feedback your fingers get. The key swithches provide a much nicer feeling while you're typing. The downside of mechanical keyboards is the price, since the switches are much more expensive to produce compared to regular keyboards.

I'm currently looking to get one of these for my birthday: http://www.scan.co.uk/products...ry-brown-mx-gaming-keyboard

Be warned if you want to get a mechanical keyboard though, choosing the right one is almost a science, there are so many different types of switches to consider

argodar said,
What advantages does a mechanical keyboard have? I find laptop-like keyboards a lot more comfortable (softer typing).

You develop sexy forearms.