While we ventured around Eureka Park, we noticed a gentleman speaking about some of his displayed keyboards, so we had a look and a listen to what he had to say. What we found was a Canadian company bringing their keyboards to market. The top line version is called the Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard, and it was officially announced at CES 2015. Let’s get into a few features and specs of this device.
When it comes to keyboards, I’m pretty picky. And off the bat, I was concerned about the fact that this keyboard didn’t have a number pad. However, due to the fact it has 3 USB ports on it, you can attach one of the available keypads they have for sale. So I’ll give it a pass there. And though I didn’t get to give this a proper test hooked up to my computer for a week, what I did find was an excellent key feel with the mechanical switches used in this device.
Another notable item is the palm/wrist rest. Not only is it comfortable, but it allows for negative tilt, which is what you want from an ergonomic standpoint. Carpal tunnel occurs from your wrists doing a variation of things, but being tilted positively is not recommended. It is nice to see a small manufacturer addressing this issue and providing a proper wrist rest (which is removable if your desk has one).
Since it has laser etched keys, you can guarantee they’ll last a good long time without wearing off. In addition, unlike laptop keyboards, this keyboard is sculpted in such a way that you won’t lose your way, if you know what I mean. If you are a home row typist, the flat keys can get a bit lost in the mix, where a sculpted keyboard like the Matias Ergo Pro just “feels right.”
And finally, in order to keep this keyboard on the smaller side, they’ve redesigned the arrow key and Home/End/Page Up/Down buttons, placing them horizontally below the right Shift key. It could take a bit to get used to but if you broke them out to the side, like a normal keyboard, they’d end up putting a number pad, as it would make the Ergo Pro about that wide.
In the box:
• PC or Mac with USB port.
|Tenting Angle: 9°
Negative Tilt Angle: 4.5°
• Tactile & sound dampened|
• ALPS-inspired design
• Peak force: 60±5 gf
• Travel distance: 3.5 mm
• US Layout