This better-equipped version of Matias’ quiet mechanical design is the one to buy
THIS SHINY BLACK board is basically the Mini Quiet Pro on the previous page, but it’s wider and with more keys. It has the same glossy black plastic chassis, the same muted mechanical switches, and the same set of three USB2 ports.
Clearly, the bulk of the additional keys are found in the tenkey number pad. This alone makes the Quiet Pro better-suited than the Mini Quiet Pro for mathematical or spreadsheet work, and Matias has also added a personal touch: a secondary Tab key, which sits where the Num Lock key is typically found on tenkey boards. This is a small change, but a smart one; if you’re filling out an Excel sheet with numerical data, you’d sooner need to advance to the next cell with a tap of Tab than you would to engage Num Lock.
The Num Lock key hasn’t been ditched; it’s simply been shunted upwards slightly, sitting next to the volume and mute controls. There are no such dedicated, single-purpose keys on the Mini Quiet Pro, so they’re a very welcome inclusion that will save you having to
fiddle with Windows’ volume controls or reach for the physical knob on your desk speakers, or use both hands to engage the smaller keyboard’s dual-purpose keys.
We note that this row of four keys is usually where the Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock indicator lights are normally placed; Matias has instead added LEDs into the respective keys themselves, like on a laptop keyboard. It’s not a terribly innovative or original idea, but since it makes room for the media keys, it’s still a good call.
Unsurprisingly, these additions make the Quiet Pro a more expensive proposition than the Mini Quiet Pro, which is fairly costly to begin with. However, we’d say it’s worth the extra £20 – not only are you getting the increased functionality of its additional keys, but extended usage feels ever so slightly more comfortable and natural, thanks to things such as the wider spacebar and the separation of the arrow keys (which are pushed up right next to and below the right Shift key on the Mini Quiet Pro).
The Quiet Pro also delivers the same low-volume, high-precision typing afforded by its mechanical switch design. As with the Mini Quiet Pro, each stroke isn’t completely silent (which is fine – a complete lack of audible feedback would be counterintuitive), but this is still a far more serene-sounding keyboard than any non-Matias mechanical model we’ve used. The keycaps can wobble, which isn’t ideal, but underneath is a mechanism with a reassuringly substantial touch response.
On top of all this, the generous three USB2 ports are here as well, and again, they beat the Matias Secure Pro’s charge-only ports by being fully capable of data transfer and peripheral usage.
An argument could be made that, as the cheaper and more compact variant, the Mini Quiet Pro is a better buy, but since that’s also a wired keyboard that’s essentially confined to a desk, portability isn’t much of a concern. Thus, our preference remains with the larger, better-featured Quiet Pro.