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Matias Wireless Aluminium Keyboard Review.


Like many Mac users, I appreciate the versatility of Apple’s Bluetooth Keyboard, though struggle with the omission of the numeric keypad. A good deal of my work involves numeric entries, and constantly pecking around the numeric row on the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard is an exercise in frustration. I do have the full Apple corded keyboard, however find that the cable limits usability, and in my role, jumping from typing on a MacBook Pro, Mac Mini server, iPad Pro, and a Windows box lurking under the desk, the cable constantly hinders productivity as you jump between keyboards. While there are any number of Windows-centric wireless keyboards, Mac-focussed ones are scare. Enter the Matias Wireless Aluminium Keyboard.

Style

The keyboard is styled after the genuine Apple extended keyboard, minus the cord and USB ports. It even comes in a box that is reminiscent of Apple packaging. We purchased a standard silver unit, though it is available in Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold.

Features

The keyboard is rated for 12 months between charges, a statement we haven’t been able to confirm, though several months later, it’s still running strong.

Connection to computers, iPads and the like is typical Apple painless pairing.

One of the standout features of this keyboard is the ability to pair up to 4 Bluetooth devices, easily switching between them with the press of the appropriate button above the numeric pad. The keyboard adjusts its layout to match each device as you switch — whether it’s Mac, iPad, Windows, Android, etc.

Keyboard in Use

Once paired, I found switching between devices to be mostly seamless, though on occasion more than one press of the appropriate key was needed to effect the switch.

The keys do not have quite the premium Apple feel, though are no worse than any other low profile accessory keyboards for Mac or Windows I’ve tried over the years. The unit itself is rugged, with no flexing, and sits firmly on the desk with no sliding around.

Though a mostly positive experience in use, there were two issues that prevent it from being outstanding.

  1. No matter what settings we tried, there is on occasion some bounce, resulting in double characters. This does not happen often enough to be a serious distraction, though does require careful proofreading.
  2. Every now and then (we’re talking weeks), the keyboard loses connection with the computer and will not reconnect, necessitating entering Bluetooth settings, forgetting the keyboard, and re-pairing. Again, it doesn’t happen often enough to be a serious issue, just takes the gloss off the experience.

Summation

If you’re after a solid, well made Bluetooth keyboard that works well with up to 4 devices, I can recommend the Matias Wireless Aluminium Keyboard. There are other similar products in the market, however, Matias do have a strong reputation. I would prefer a slightly more positive feel, per the genuine Apple devices, though the unit does look and feel several steps above any of the wireless Windows keyboards I’ve experienced. The only wish I could have is for their Quiet Pro mechanical keyboard to be available in wireless. I haven’t tested that keyboard in its wired format, however, it is highly regarded, and I do love long travel, mechanical keyboards.

Score a strong 4 Thumbs Up.

In the box:

• Keyboard

• Charging cable (USB)

• Users manual

System Requirements:
• Mac or PC with Bluetooth

• Mac OS X v.10.6.8 or later

(for Mac function keys)

• iPad

• iPhone or iPod touch

• Android 3.0 or higher

Dimensions:

17.35” x 4.58” x 0.75”

(44.1 x 11.6 x 1.9 cm)

Cable Length

3.25 feet (1 m)

Weight:
1.18 lbs (535 g)

Warranty:
1 year limited warranty

Key Travel Distance:
2.0 mm

Rechargeable Battery Life:
1 year between charges

Uninterrupted Typing Time

533 to 1,600 hours between charges

(varies depending on typing speed, indicator lights, etc.)

Standby Time

2 years between charges

Battery:
1,600 mAh (3.7 volt) 5.92 watt-hour rechargeable

lithium-ion polymer battery

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