Matias, maker of clicky, mechanical-switch keyboards, has spent the last two years perfecting a new clicky mechanical keyboard switch. The twist? It’s almost silent. If you want the feel of a proper, burglar-killing keyboard but love the (lack of) sound of your modern, slimline notebook keyboard, then this $150 monster might be just the ticket. It’s called — fittingly — the Quiet Pro.
I have a kind of love/hate relationaship with these clicky keyboards. I love the look of them, and I love the feel, but I don’t like the huge number pads which force me to place my trackpad like five feet over to the right. But one thing I never had any trouble with was the noise.
The Lady, I think, finds the sound relaxing — probably because it means I’m not up to something naughty or nefarious. The neighbors probably hate it, but I don’t care, because I hate them. Idiots.
And I like the sound because it reminds me that I’m working. There’s something very productive-sounding about the positive clack on a mechanical keyboard, even when you’re typing search terms into PornHub.
But some of you work in offices, or get startled by the sound of your own typing (for the latter, I recommend less coffee. Or more scotch during working hours). Edgar Matias, boss of the company:
We’ve been working on this for over 2 years. We had to develop a whole new keyswitch to do it. It was an enormous undertaking. We weren’t even sure if it was possible – but we managed to pull it off. It feels just as good as the Tactile Pro, but it’s quiet.
The Quiet Pro looks a lot like the keyboards that shipped with the original iMac. If that styling isn’t to your taste, then the future might bring relief. Matias says the company will sell the new switches to third-party manufacturers.
After doing all this work to develop these amazing new switches, we didn’t feel it was fair that they only got used in our products.
Other keyboard companies can buy the switches, and incorporate them into their products.
Pretty neat. We should be reviewing one of these soon. I guess that I’ll also have to buy some bigger speakers just to keep pissing of my moronic neighbors. $150.