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Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

The tag line of "the best Apple keyboard ever made" is something I had to see for myself. Stick around and have a look at the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 mechanical keyboard.

| Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Aug 7, 2012 5:09 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Matias

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

As for "the best keyboard ever made" that is alluding to the Apple Extended Keyboard that was widely seen by Mac users as the must-have keyboard at that time. The problem is they are hard to locat since they were made in the 1990's from what I can remember. What makes both keyboards so similar in nature is that they both use Alps mechanical switches under the key caps to deliver each stroke to the PCB and onto the computer. These are found under each and every key from the Function keys all the way through the number pad. Speaking of the key caps, each one is laser etched for superior longevity over painted caps and almost all of the keys have multiple symbols on them above and beyond the typical keyboard layout.

 

With the latest 3.0 version of the Tactile Pro, things have changed from the original and version 2.0. It started with a power button that has been done away with and while the original has a two port USB hub, the second and this latest version have three ports around the keyboard to plug in USB 2.0 devices. Now all three of the Tactile Pro keyboards came in white with a clear plastic cover, but along the way in each series the overall look and design has slightly changed, but still offers the same dual part cover. In the Tactile Pro 3.0 we are looking at today you have the culmination of years of design and improvement that leaves us with the best looking of the Tactile Pro keyboards in my opinion.

 

As I ventured out into the "œinterwebs" to find the Tactile Pro 3.0 for sale, I found about 16 e-tailers that are ready to take your money. A few of them I have never dealt with before, but the pricing of right near $130 for this keyboard is a steal in my mind. Most mechanical offerings in keyboards are going to run you into the $150 mark for a good one that isn't all show and almost all go. For those of you who aren't very trusting of the lesser known e-tailers on the list, you may also grab one direct from Matias, for the MSRP price of $149.95 and puts it right in the mix with most other mechanical offerings.

 

With the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 it is all about straight forward functionality and additional keys right in front of you that will not only speed up your typing, but you won't be stuck in a program looking for the symbol while scrolling through a huge list in the software you are using. For those of you looking for straight forward writers or you are in the market for a no BS layout and feature set, the Tactile Pro 3.0 should be on your must check out soon list.

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