Matias brings tenkeyless mechanical Bluetooth keyboard to laptops

You like mechanical keyboards, but don’t want a wire cluttering up your desk and don’t want the ungainly width of keyboards that have number pads. Sounds like you’re a perfect match for Matias’ latest creation, unveiled at CES this week: the Laptop Pro. It’s coming in February and will cost $170.

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The Laptop Pro is built using the same “Quiet Click” mechanical keyswitches that Matias developed for its full-sized Quiet Pro keyboard, released in 2012. Mechanical keyboards are preferred by many fast typists for their improved tactile response and accuracy, compared to membrane and scissor switch keyboards like those found in Apple’s products.

The Laptop Pro comes equipped with a 1,600 mAh rechargeable battery, which Matias CEO Edgar Matias says should be good for six to twelve months on a single charge.

The Laptop Pro has been designed to complement the small desktop footprint of a laptop computer. It eschews the 109-key layout of its big, wired brother for a tenkeyless design that mirrors the capabilities of your Apple laptop with a few extras, like a forward delete key and page up and down keys. Like the Quiet Pro, the Laptop Pro features laser etched characters on each sculpted key along with the symbols each key produces if you hold down Option and Option-Shift.

Matias likens the new Laptop Pro to an Apple-made keyboard that’s still a fond memory for long-time Mac users. “It’s basically a smaller, quieter, wireless, Apple Extended Keyboard II,” said Matias in a statement.

  • drkhrse

    That looks pretty amazing, but $170 is a bit steep.

    • gjgustav

      It’s a mechanical keyboard. It may not be for everyone, but the price is fair.

      • drkhrse

        I was just comparing it to their hard-wired version, which is $130. I am sure the price is worth every penny from what I have read about their products.

    • No joke. Introductory price? Surely it’ll go down.

  • gjgustav

    “You like mechanical keyboards, but don’t want a wire cluttering up your desk and don’t want the ungainly width of keyboards that have number pads.”

    Actually, I like mechanical keyboards, don’t want a wire cluttering my desk, but I DO want the number pad. Why does every bluetooth keyboard have to be missing a number pad these days?

  • Nice to see a CES product announcement that’s about an actual product.

  • Tim

    I was all set to buy the Quiet pro for Mac and then this came up so I pre-ordered one. Personally, I too like the number pad, but I also like the smaller footprint of the 10 keyless and wireless.

  • I’ve ordered one. I’m really impressed with the layout, it’s smart. A delete forward key is far more useful than an eject key. Particularly when you consider that a lot of (most?) macs don’t even have an optical drives. The page up, down & full sized arrows keys punctuate that it’s a keyboard for typist. Looks like eject is “command up”.

    Also I’ve seen it reported that you can charge other devices from it. It has a few USB ports and a really large battery. Might be pretty useful for road-warriors trying to get by with an iPad.

    My first keyboard and favorite up till now was a IBM Model M. This will be my first Mechanical board since then. Apples ten-keyless BT keyboard is a very distant 2nd place. I’m hoping this will be a perfect mix.

  • whitewha1e

    I want a fullsize keyboard that works for both writing and gaming over bluetooth with both PC and Mac. Is that too much to ask?

    • NickNovitski
      • whitewha1e

        Did I mention I live in Sweden? As far as I can see, they don’t ship here. Do they?

      • whitewha1e

        I actually got a US version anyway. Still writing swedish dvorak so i will order keycaps from wasdkeyboards. Great keyboard by the way! thx for the tip.

  • From the picture, it looks rather disappointing. A TenKeyless layout would make much more sense.