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Apr 12, 2018
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Backstory: I have owned 3 Matias Mini Tactile Pros (1 bought, 2 sent to me for free as replacements by Matias because of key chattering issues - My bought one chatters on the 9 key, my first replacement chatters on the Esc key, and after half a year of use the second replacement also chatters on the ; key). I really really love the key feeling of the Matias Tactile Switch (I think it's my favorite modern clicky switch), however the quality control of the Matias Switches kept me from loving them. In this drop (date purchased May 15, 2017), it is claimed that the switches are made with new tooling and should have improved quality, and at the same time I need a quiet small mechanical keyboard at work so I thought why not, assuming that the quiet switches will have similar key feeling as the tactile switch.
The quiet switches are not as good as I thought on a plastic case (which I should auction them before buying them), but that's probably the best thing about this product: Squeaky spacebar from day 1, still squeak a little bit after I applied lubricant, stiff wire-stabilized keys from day 1, bad cheap feeling keycaps and also the color just looks old but not vintage (I really like the vintage beige color - for example the color of the IBM Model M). I tried using the keycaps from my Matias keyboards (which are laser-etched ABS I believe), and suddenly the key feeling improved 3 folds. What a shame for using such cheap keycaps. Luckily I don't have key chattering issues yet (Which alps/matias switches are very prone to). If it chatters then this review will definitely be 1 star.
Apr 12, 2018
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