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The Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Global Marketing Partners
  • Model: FK302
  • Connectivity Technology: USB
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: White
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 18.5 x 1.5 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003N3HFI6
  • Item model number: FK302
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 14, 2010

Product Description

Matias Corporation TactilePro Keyboard - Wired - White FK302 Keyboards & Keypads

Customer Reviews

It is mechanical and clickety, just like old teletype and IBM Selectric typewriters.
William R. Locke
Okay, was he laughing AT me for buying such a crazy keyboard, or was he laughing from sheer joy of the almost steam punk mechanical sound and feel of the keyboard?
Eric Geilker
Apple's current keyboard requires an extremely light touch of the keys and feels "mushy."
D. Greenbaum

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Hare on May 27, 2010
I am impressed enough by this keyboard to write a brief review, but first and foremost, this is a keyboard for those who type a lot, or who type professionally, and it is not cheap. But you get what you pay for and in my opinion, this is very good value for money.

For a decade or so I have used an Avant Stellar which I absolutely love, like the TactilePro is has the Alps key-switches, and the version of the switch that gives both audible and tactile feed-back - it is noisy. The keys on the TactilePro, like the Avant, have full travel and have just enough push-back to be convincing yet not tiring. The Avant is a heavy duty keyboard, no squeaks or rattles and it is VERY well made. The trouble with my Avant is that it is BIG as it has an extra set of function keys down the left side, and it loses its marbles about once a day; it will suddenly send oddball characters and I need to unplug it and replug it to clear it up. It needs a PS/2 to USB converter, it does not have the Mac keytops, it has PC, but it is fully programmable, so one can exchange key-codes and it works fine, but for years there was no other keyboard that came close in touch and feel, so I continued to use it.

I have been eyeing the TactilePro for a year or two but the trouble was it got mediocre reviews. Then out came version 3 and it seemed all the complaints had been addressed, so I bought one, and it is all I had hoped for. The TactilePro has n-key rollover so you can type as fast as maybe and not lose any characters, a problem with many lesser keyboards. It is solid enough that typing feels secure, certainly as good as the Avant. It is a USB hub with three ports and I really like the fact that all Option and Shift-Option characters are imprinted on the top right of each key.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Eric Geilker on November 12, 2010
For those of you who started using keyboards in the last fifteen years, that's what you will say when you hear someone typing away on the Matias Tactile Pro 3 Keyboard. At least, that's what my 17 year old son immediately said when he walked past my desk on the first day I tried out this amazingly retro new keyboard for Macs: "What the heck is that?" You can't miss the sound--click, clack, click. So then, I beckoned for him to sit down, open Word, and try it himself. He sat down, started typing full speed, and his face lit up, he started laughing! Okay, was he laughing AT me for buying such a crazy keyboard, or was he laughing from sheer joy of the almost steam punk mechanical sound and feel of the keyboard? Probably a little bit of both. But for me, a guy who bought his first Apple computer in 1985, I feel I have come home. I love this keyboard and the era it evokes. Maybe I should quit my job as a real estate investor and take up writing pulp fiction full time just to enjoy the sensation this keyboard affords. On the other hand, maybe I should just write long-winded reviews on amazon.com. Either way, this keyboard is fantastic. Maybe not in a crowded office, maybe not in the echoic marble reception area of a funeral home, but for a 47 year old dude in the privacy of his own home, it's MUSIC.

Objectively, the keyboard layout is IDENTICAL to the keyboard that came with my 2003 iMac (keyboard model M7803). It is the same size, exact same number of keys, same color, etc. No, as previous reviewers have noted, it does not have markings for expose, but then again the Mac keyboard which it emulates does not have these marking either. Installation was simple, perfectly compatible w/ OS 10.5.8 that I am running.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on October 17, 2010
Given that many people are not familiar with this style of keyboard, I'm going to break this review down into two sections, first about the style of keyboard that this is, with plusses and minuses, and secondly about this particular product from Matias.

The keyboard style:

Like many others, I too missed the clickity-clack of older buckle-spring key switches. I learned to type on a variety of devices ranging from electric and electronic keyboards to computer keyboards including the classic IBM Model M. This keyboard is very close to that one and, supposedly, is very similar to an old Apple keyboard, the Apple Extended Keyboard, which I never had an opportunity to try.

The reason this is called a "Tactile" keyboard is that there is a significant amount of fingertip feedback generated by the individual keys. Modern keyboards tend to forgo individual mechanical switches in favor of membrane-style sensors that are similar to pressing on little sponges. It's both cheaper and quieter, but is not very finger friendly. Additionally, the keys on new keyboards tend to be fairly flat, such that your fingers may be pressing the edge of a key rather than the center and your hands can start to get out of alignment a little more easily.

Keyboards like the Tactile Pro have much more key travel and sensory feedback than the newer keyboards. Your fingers seem to bounce along as you type rather than hammering a flat surface. As a result, your hands don't move as much as the keys absorb the impact of your fingers much better. Additionally, you tend to get a better sense of your typing speed and, typically, find yourself typing much faster and smoother with fewer errors (though this is debatable) as you go along.
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