The Quiet Pro Keyboard from Matias uses quiet mechanical keyswitches incorporating Matias' Quiet Click technology. Providing superior tactile feedback and high-performance, these switches also accommodate the faster typing speeds associated with mechanical keyboards but without the typical "click - clack" sound. The switches are durable, and are rated at 50 million keystrokes. The keys have a full travel distance of 3.5 mm, with sculpted (i.e. concave) keycap tops helping to keep the hands in home row position, ensuring keying accuracy. The keycap legends are laser etched and will not wear off even with intense use.
The Quiet Pro is has been designed for comfort and durability. Included is a 3-port hi-speed USB 2.0 hub and special Anti-Ghosting circuitry, which enables you the individual to type as fast as desired without dropping letters. Available for PC and Mac.
Reduces the Potential for Wrist Extension - The Quiet Pro features a profile that incorporates a slight negative inclination on the keycaps of the first 3 rows of the keyboard, with the upper 3 rows being just slightly higher with a very nominal positive inclination to facilitate easier access. This design lets the wrists be maintained in a flat neutral position while performing the majority of work. This distinguishes the Quiet Tactile Pro from most keyboards which have a clearly positive profile resulting in the function row being significantly higher than the bottom row on the keyboard (even when the legs at the back are not deployed).
Reduces Jarring Impact on the Fingers - Mechanical keyswitches do not need to strike the bottom of the keyboard to generate the keystroke. This feature, especially in combination with the full key travel distance (3.5 mm) and tactile feedback (indicating the point at which the keystroke has been actuated) means that individuals soon learn to use a lighter touch on a mechanical keyswitch than they would on a membrane or a scissor switch key. The result is often a considerable reduction in the amount of pain and fatigue experienced in the hands and fingers.
Improves Typing Speed and Accuracy - Slightly concave key caps help keep the fingers oriented on the home row, and enhance keying accuracy. Tactile feedback when the keystroke is actuated discourages from pressing a key down more than it needs to be, allowing a faster transition from key to key.
Matias Quiet Click Mechanical Keyswitches: Custom-engineered by Matias, these durable mechanical keyswitches are quiet enough to use in an office environment, and are almost as quiet as conventional rubber dome keyboards. However, they still provide the tactility and high performance demanded by experienced, proficient typists.
Full Size Sculpted Keycaps with Standard Spacing and 3.5 mm Key Travel Distance: Standard sized sculpted (concave) keycaps, standard key pitch (the spacing between key caps) and 3.5 mm key travel (how far the key moves up and down) results in no learning curve when transferring keyboarding skills to this keyboard.
Effectively Neutral Profile: The effectively neutral profile ensures that the alpha rows are not positively inclined, and the numeric and function row is only nominally higher. This distinguishes the Quiet Pro from most keyboards which have a clearly positive profile resulting in the function row being significantly higher than the bottom row on the keyboard (even when the legs at the back are not deployed).
Concave Arc Keycap Inclination: The inclination of the keycap tops follows a very shallow "concave" arc, improving tactility for the letter rows by maximizing finger pad contact on the keycaps, and reducing reach for the upper rows (number and function row).
N-Key Rollover (Anti-Ghosting Circuitry): Unlike most keyboards, this feature allows the fastest typists to work without fear of lost or incorrectly generated keystrokes.
3-Port USB 2.0 Hub: Three USB 2.0 ports on the keyboard can accommodate connection of additional low-power devices such as flash drives and mice.
Laser Etched Keys: Legends are laser etched directly into the key caps, so they will never wear off.
Key Cap Symbols: Optional symbols are clearly marked on the keycaps, and can be accessed via Option or Shift-Option commands.
Mac-Friendly Function Keys: Screen brightness, audio controls, and other Mac functions are as easily accessed as on any Apple keyboard.
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Matias Quiet Pro Mechanical Keyboard - MAC
Matias Quiet Pro Mechanical Keyboard (for Mac) - Top View
Matias Quiet Pro Mechanical Keyboard (for Mac) - Rear Profile
Matias Quiet Pro Mechanical Keyboard (for Mac) - Side Profile
Make sure the keyboard is properly positioned. Sit in your usual position at your desk and gently square your shoulders. Allow your upper arms to relax to your waist. Lift your forearms at the elbow and extend your fingers so that there is a straight line from your elbow through the centre of your wrist to your middle finger. Adjust your seat height or keyboard tray so that your arms and hands can maintain this position as you type.
Note: If you need to raise your chair you will most likely need some kind of support for your feet.
Try to keep the straight line through the wrist while typing. If you find that your hands are angling up at the wrist you may wish to add a palm support to aid in maintaining that neutral alignment.
As you type, pay attention to when the keystroke actuates on the screen and learn to associate it with the feel of the key as it is depressed. As you learn how far and hard to press a key, you will be able to become efficient at using just enough force to exceed the force necessary to generate a keystroke without bottoming out at the end of the stroke.