Keyboards have gone soft on us — literally. The once great (and loud) mechanical keyswitches of yesteryear have been replaced with mushy silicone domes, leaving us with an unsatisfying and unfulfilling typing experience. There are still people like myself that yearn for something better, and for those there is the Matias Tactile Pro 4.
It has been said by many that the Apple Extended Keyboard II is the greatest keyboard Apple ever made, thanks in no small part to the iconic ALPS keyswitches it used. It was clicky and bouncy, but firm and reassuring, and undeniably satisfying to type on. You can still use an Apple Extended Keyboard II on a modern Mac with the right adapter, but they're becoming increasingly difficult to come by in good condition and admittedly look a little dated on a desk covered in modern things.
Thankfully there is the Matias Tactile Pro 4 — a keyboard modeled after that legendary Apple Extended Keyboard II. It uses ALPS switches just like the original, but houses them in a more modern form factor with function keys and a built-in USB hub. Don't get me wrong — it's large, it stands out, and it won't fool anyone into thinking that it was made by Apple.
The clicking, though. Oh boy, the clicking...
It will wake up your partner. It will annoy your officemates. It might even drive you a little crazy at first. But let me tell you, it's worth it. The feeling of these keys is so beautifully satisfying in every way possible, and it's sure to add some serious speed and accuracy to your typing. If you spend all day typing, this keyboard is a game-changer.