Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 28, 2020 at 08:33 am
Matias Ergo Pro Picture
6.6
Mixed usage
5.9
Gaming
1.7
Mobile/Tablet
8.1
Office
6.0
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Matias Ergo Pro is a very good TenKeyLess (TKL) office keyboard thanks to its split keyboard design and great ergonomics. The wrist rest is comfortable and the tactile switches give good feedback, delivering an impressive overall typing experience. However, without any dedicated macro keys, RGB backlighting, or a programmable software, most gamers will be disappointed with it. On the upside, there are two variants for Windows and macOS, so you can get the one that suits your computer.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed usage

The Matias Ergo Pro is decent for mixed usage. Its split keyboard design, incline settings, and comfortable wrist rest make it a great ergonomic keyboard, but it doesn't have many features outside of that. There are no dedicated macro keys, it doesn't have wireless connectivity, and there's no backlighting. The typing quality is very good with the tactile switches, but if you don't like their feedback, it's available with linear switches, which don't have any tactile bumps. Unfortunately, the keycaps feel a bit cheap, but the overall build quality is solid enough to please most people.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics with three incline settings.
  • Very good typing quality.
Cons
  • Key caps feel cheap.
  • No dedicated software.
5.9 Gaming

This is a disappointing gaming keyboard. They Matias Ergo Pro doesn't have any programmable macro keys, there's no dedicated software, and there's no backlighting for people who game in dark rooms. However, the tactile keys give good feedback, which might please some gamers.

1.7 Mobile/Tablet

The Matias Ergo Pro keyboard doesn't have wireless connectivity.

8.1 Office

The Matias Ergo Pro is a great office keyboard. Its split keyboard design allows you to place the two halves however you like. There are three incline settings, including a negative incline, for more ergonomic options. The wrist rest is comfortable and the switches don't make too much noise. Unfortunately, the keycaps feel a bit cheap, but there's enough space between them to help reduce typos.

6.0 Programming

Mediocre for programming. The typing quality feels great with a nice tactile bump and the Ergo Pro itself has a solid build to it. It also has great ergonomics, with different incline settings and a comfortable wrist rest, but there aren't any macro programmable keys or multi-device connectivity. Programmers will be happy with its compatibility with different operating systems, as it's available in Windows or macOS variants.

  • 6.6 Mixed usage
  • 5.9 Gaming
  • 1.7 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.1 Office
  • 6.0 Programming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Width 14.2" (36.0 cm)
Depth 9.1" (23.2 cm)
Weight 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)

The Matias Ergo Pro takes up a good amount of space and takes up even more if you split the two halves. The wrist rest is removable if you want to make it smaller.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Very good build quality. It's made out of a solid plastic, with a metal base underneath the wrist rest, but the ABS keycaps feel cheap with a slight wobble to them. The wrist rest is solid with a cushion-like feel to it. The wiring between the two halves of the keyboard is thin and feels cheap.

8.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Incline Settings
3
Wrist Rest Detachable

Great ergonomics on the Matias Ergo Pro. With its split keyboard design, you can place the two pieces wherever you like, as it comes with a long cable between them. There are three incline settings, including a negative incline setting, but when all the legs are up (pictured above), there's an almost unusable wobble to the keyboard. The wrist rest is detachable, but unfortunately you need to unscrew it and it doesn't come with a screwdriver.

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Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

There's no backlighting on this keyboard. If you prefer an ergonomic keyboard with backlighting, check out the Adesso Tru-Form 150.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Micro USB

The cable to connect to your PC is long and feels sturdy. The two halves of the Ergo Pro are connected with a 3.5mm cable, but the wire connecting them is fairly thin.

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Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

The Ergo Pro is wired-only and can't be connected wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No

There are some extra features on this TKL keyboard. The 'Fn' key gives you access to media keys and there are three USB 2.0 ports on the keyboard itself.

Design
In The Box

  • Matias Ergo Pro keyboard
  • 2 micro-USB wires
  • 2 3.5mm keyboard connectors
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Matias Quiet Click
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
41.7 gf
Pre-Travel
1.69 mm
Total Travel
3.41 mm

The Matias Quiet Click switches have a nice tactile bump, which actually feels like two tactile bumps when pressed all the way down. If you don't like the feedback from the tactile switches, it's also available with linear switches.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The overall typing quality is very good. The switches give nice tactile feedback, but the cheap keycaps make it feel like an average office keyboard. You shouldn't feel tired typing on this keyboard thanks to its low actuation force.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The switches are fairly quiet, and they shouldn't bother your coworkers.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

There's no dedicated software for the Matias Ergo Pro keyboard. For customization options, check out the ErgoDox EZ.

7.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

Our keyboard is the Windows variant, so it had full compatibility on Windows and partial compatibility on macOS. There's a macOS variant available, but we didn't test the compatibility with it.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

This keyboard is available with tactile and linear switches, but our unit had the tactile switches. It's also available in Windows or macOS versions to provide full compatibility on both operating systems; ours is the Windows version. We expect the same results across the variants, except for typing experience and compatibility.

Compared to other keyboards

The Matias Ergo Pro has a similar office performance compared to other ergonomic or split-design keyboards such as the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard, Kinesis Freestyle Pro, or Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. The multiple incline settings give it an edge over some of its competitors in that regard. Check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best keyboards for programming.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro
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Amazon.com

The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a better overall keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro, although the Matias is a bit superior for office use. It has a wrist rest and incline settings, plus the build quality is also better. However, the Kinesis has full compatibility on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems with dedicated software with a few customization options.

ErgoDox EZ
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Amazon.com

The ErgoDox EZ is a much better ergonomic keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. It's better built, has more incline positions and overall simply offers more options. The Matias also completely lacks software, although it might be a bit easier to get used to typing on this keyboard than the EZ.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
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Amazon.com

The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB is a better gaming keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. The Kinesis features mechanical Cherry MX switches, while the Matias has proprietary Matias Quiet Click switches. You can't program keys on the Matias, while you can on the Kinesis, and you even have access to 9 dedicated macro keys. You also have RGB lighting on the Kinesis, while the Matias lacks any type of backlighting.

Dygma Raise
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise is significantly better than the Matias Ergo Pro. The Dygma has a better build quality, ergonomics, and it has RGB backlighting. It's also much more customizable and it has software support. The Matias Ergo Pro has incline settings though, which the Dygma doesn't have.

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is a much better keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. The Logitech is a full-sized curved design keyboard with much better ergonomics and a slightly lighter typing experience thanks to its scissor switches. It also has mobile connectivity, which the Ergo Pro doesn't have. However, the Matias has a split keyboard design, and is available with tactile switches if that's what you prefer.

Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard and the Matias Ergo Pro are both great ergonomic keyboards, but with two very different designs. The Pro Fit Ergo is curved with a split-key layout while the Matias has two different halves that you can position however you want. The Matias is wired while the Kensington is wireless. Also, the Matias uses mechanical switches, which offer a better overall typing quality than the rubber dome switches of the Kensington.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is significantly better than the Matias Ergo Pro. Although they have very different approaches to the split keyboard design, the Surface Ergonomic is better in almost all aspects, such as build quality, ergonomics, and versatility, since it can be paired to anything that has a Bluetooth connection. However, the Ergo Pro has better compatibility with Linux.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is a marginally better keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. It's a wireless keyboard with Bluetooth connectivity, but it doesn't have multi-device pairing. It's not nearly as heavy as the Matias, so it's also a better portable option. However, the Matias is somewhat better for office use because it has a better ergonomic design with a wrist rest and multiple incline settings. The Ergo Pro also uses mechanical switches, which deliver good feedback when typing.

Adesso Tru-Form 150
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Matias Ergo Pro is better than the Adesso Tru-Form 150. It has multiple incline settings and a comfortable wrist rest, plus the typing quality is very good. It has a better build quality than the Adesso, but the keycaps still feel cheap and wobble like the Adesso. Neither keyboard has a dedicated software, but the Adesso has a multi-color backlighting and dedicated media keys.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is a slightly better keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. The Microsoft has a better ergonomic design, and although it's a wireless keyboard, it can only be connected through its USB receiver. The Matias has a better typing experience with tactile switches, and with a split keyboard design, you can place the two halves however you like.

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