Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard for PC 打感を追求したキーボード ALPSメカニカルスイッチ採用 USレイアウト ブラック FK302PC
【Tactile Pro Keyboard for PC より快適なキーボード】
Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard for Mac US FK302Q
Matias Tactile Pro keyboard JP for Mac クリックタイプメカニカルキーボード 日本語配列 MAC用 USB ホワイト FK302-JP
Matias Tactile Pro keyboard for Mac クリックタイプメカニカルキーボード US配列 MAC用 USB ホワイト FK302
Matias Mini Tactile Pro keyboard for Mac クリックタイプメカニカルキーボードコンパクトモデル US配列 MAC用 USB ホワイト FK303
Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard for PC 静音キーボード 世界で一番静かなキーボード USレイアウト ブラック FK302QPC
|価格||￥ 20,000より||￥ 13,120||￥ 14,646||￥ 13,453||￥ 12,980||￥ 20,716|
|接続技術||USB 2.0||USB||USB||USB||USB||USB 2.0|
|商品の寸法||16.5 x 46 x 3.5 cm||46 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm||16.5 x 46 x 3.5 cm||16.5 x 46 x 3.5 cm||16.5 x 33.7 x 3.5 cm||50.8 x 20.96 x 5.08 cm|
This is a hard one to actually choose a rating for. As suggested by other reviewers, the quality is a bit hit-or-miss. My first one had multiple keys that bounced, one key that activated unreliably, and one key that initially activated unreliably and then totally stopped working unless hammered on. Obviously that's unacceptable, as it made it nearly impossible to type on (for a couple days, every time I needed a dollar sign I had to copy and paste one...).
Instead of requesting a return through Amazon, I contacted Matias directly, as I wanted to speak to someone about the obvious quality control issue and find out whether I was likely to get another lemon. The person I spoke to offered a replacement under warranty, but didn't say much about the issue itself (other than recommending a few "fixes" that didn't work), and shipped the replacement to me as soon as it was available.
The replacement is competing hard with my old IBM Model M for the nicest keyboard I've ever typed on. Not only do all the keys work this time, they feel and sound better than the ones on the original keyboard, which were already really, really nice. There is a positive 'click' feel when the keys activate, reminiscent of standard non-quiet 'clicky' keyboards, and definitely the quietest mechanical keyboard I've ever used. The build quality seems to be very nice, with the exception of the lemon keyswitches, though a slight variation in keycap color between the two keyboards hints that there may be a good bit of variation in their process in places outside the switches as well. I'm even starting to like the shiny plastic case, or at least I'm a bit less tempted to take sandpaper to it >:)
Overall, highly recommended if you're willing to muck around with Matias trying to get a good one. Not recommended in the slightest if you're not willing to spend time doing that.
UPDATE: Matias acknowledge the problem, they had a bad batch of switches. As they say "The new stock will be here in April or May", I don't recommend buying one until after then. You may get lucky, clearly a few here have, but they have actually acknowledged that the problem is real, so... They have offered to replace my keyboard again when the new switches come in.
Unfortunately, for me, after a year some of the keys stopped working reliably. (A number of other commenters have also mentioned this. Apparently I'm not alone.) This happened with BOTH of the two keyboards I purchased, one which I used much more extensively than the other. It's like a timer hit, and suddenly the keyboards stopped working right.
My room is not a crazy place for a keyboard. It's usually a low-humidity, relatively cool room. I didn't abuse these keyboards, aside from typing a lot on one of them. But my feeling is a keyboard should work for several years (at least) with no issues. And what about the one I didn't type on much? They just both stopped working at about the same time.
So I contacted Matias support for help. Here was a bright area. After a few questions, they agreed to send two replacement keyboards. No special begging or pleading -- they just offered. For free. Even free shipping. This kind of customer service certainly deserves a gold star, and it's another reason I'm unhappy to give this only three stars.
However, I got the new keyboards, and after a few months -- sure enough -- the problem came back with both of the new keyboards. I couldn't believe it. And I didn't feel good about calling Matias again and asking for another batch of keyboards. At some point, it's too much.
Having said that, I've tried a few other keyboards since then, and they are good, but not nearly as good as Matias' product.
Matias has apparently acknowledged a problem and said they got a batch of bad switches. Maybe that was the issue. Since the typing experience and the customer service were so great, I think I'll get another one and see if the quality control issue is resolved. If it is, I will increase my rating of this otherwise fine product, which would easily get five stars if not for this problem.
After about a month, I like it. It is, indeed, quiet compared to the Tactile Pro. I think I prefer the overall touch of the Tactile Pro. Plus, the sound buttons don't work. Actually, you need to hold down the "fn" key and then hit the volume buttons. That is VERY clunky. BUT, I can live with it. I do wish they had a control panel or something so I could customize the keys (at least the function keys). Some customizing works, some doesn't.
So yes, I like it, but don't love it. As I think about it, I think I did love the Tactile Pro (which I still have on my home computer).
UPDATE April 2014:
I previously wrote that my Tactile Pro's spacebar stopped working, so I got the Quiet Pro to replace it. Well, the Quiet Pro has now started doing weird stuff, typing multiple characters with single keystrokes, and it is unusable. So that makes two Matias keyboards that have broken during the past year or so--and these are WAY too expensive to risk me getting another. I do still have a Tactile Pro at home, purchased when I got the other one (for work), and it's still humming along, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. There appears to be something fragile about these keyboards. That said--these have by far the best touch of any keyboard currently on the market (at least for me, a writer and lifelong typist). Matias: I'd love to be your biggest fan, but I can't keep spending big bucks on fragile keyboards.