Review: Matias Ergo Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been using this keyboard, the Matias Ergo Pro, for nearly 6 months now, as my daily driver at work. This keyboard sports Matias’ Quiet Click key switches, a fully adjustable split design, tilt and tenting, and a comfortable wrist rest. Unlike most ergonomic mechanical keyboards, the Matias Ergo Pro does not deviate much from the standard QWERTY staggered key layout, making it easy for newcomers and widening its potential audience.

It looks slick and it feels well-built.  However, I have two major complaints about this keyboard.

The bridge cable

The Matias Ergo Pro utilizes a 3.5mm audio cable to connect its two sections.  This is the same standard analog audio cable you can use to hook up PC speakers or headphones. Being an analog cable, it appears to be very susceptible to EMI. Why do I say this? Because, on occasion, I have keystrokes that either fail to register or send random number keys, all from the side of the keyboard connected by the bridge cable. On my desk, I have this keyboard near my docked laptop, which must be giving off some EMI and disrupting communication over the bridge cable. I could replace the cable, but being an analog audio cable, it will be susceptible to the same problem. The only real solution might be to rearrange my desk, but that may not solve the problem, either.

Key switches

For this keyboard, Matias opted for its new Quiet Click key switches. First, the positive: they don’t have the “wobble” to the keys found in Cherry MX switches. On to the negative: they require a lot of force to use. My fingers are pushing with the same, if not more, force than what would be necessary with rubber dome key switches. I’m regularly finding myself bottoming out keys by the amount of sheer effort I have to put in by pressing.  To compare it to Cherry MX, it’s somewhere near a Clear key switch.  I’m extremely surprised by how difficult these key switches are, given that this is supposed to be an ergonomic keyboard – these key switches will definitely cause some users fatigue. I feel like Matias missed the mark on ergonomics solely due to wanting to make these key switches “marketable” by making them quiet. I don’t doubt that these key switches would be a lot lighter to press if they didn’t have the “quiet” noise silencing. Unlike with Cherry MX keyboards, there are no o-rings for me to remove, so I can’t remove the sound dampening and get smoother keystrokes back.

The verdict

While I feel like this keyboard is a terrific value and fits the needs of the working professional who also wants good ergonomics, I personally enjoy typing on my Ducky Zero with Cherry MX Browns a lot more. Matias missed the mark by emphasizing the professional style of quiet clicking over good ergonomics. While I don’t believe I will try to return the keyboard, I do wish I had waited a little longer for an alternative that could have given me an easier typing experience.