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.

Ergo Pro W Palm Rest

Features

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).

Ergo Pro Negative Tilt Animation

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.”

The keyboard splits in two, and can be tented as well for maximum ergo mode. Tenting means the inside of each side of the keyboard can be propped up. See the image below.Ergo Pro Tenting

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.

Specifications

In the box:
• Ergo Pro Keyboard
• Keyboard cable
• Bridge cable
• Users manual

System Requirements:
• PC or Mac with USB port.

Warranty:
1 year limited warranty (more info)

Tenting Angle:  9°

Negative Tilt Angle:  4.5°

Dimensions:
14.5” x 6.5” x 1.38”
(36.8 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm)Keyboard Cable
6.5 feet (2 m)Bridge Cable
1 foot (30 cm)

Matias Quiet Click Switches:
• Tactile & sound dampened
• ALPS-inspired design
• Peak force: 60±5 gf
• Travel distance: 3.5 mm

Keyboard Layouts Available:
• US Layout
• Part#: FK403QPC
• UPC: 8 33742 00356 1

About the author

Jeff Trocchio

Apple IIe green screen is whence I came. Where I go, only technology knows. If its Automotive, Mobile, Gaming or Computer tech I'll try my best to give my thoughts on it.

  • Aaron Fransen

    Just receive my Matias ergo pro. Love it, especially compared to the Kinesess Freestyle it replaces.

    The key arrangement’s a little odd, but actually having the page up/down keys right beside the arrow keys has turned into a blessing.

    I do miss the numeric keypad, but I certainly understand the reason they didn’t include it in the keyboard, since it would have thrown it off-balance.

    The ALPS keys are wonderful to use, and while I’ve generally never been a fan of the gel wrist rests, the one on this keyboard is pretty good. The keyboard is on the heavy side, and that’s a good thing; it’s very stable.

    If it weren’t so expensive I’d recommend it for everyone!