Category: Keyboards

Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard

Macworld reviews the new Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard. I had one of their Tactile models several years back; I loved it, but it also earned me the nickname “Thunderkeys” from my officemates. I’d be interested to try out the Quiet Pro and see what it feels like. I do miss the modifier key notes on […]

Filco Keyboard Deep Clean

Click for full-size Some maintenance work on the Filco Keyboard. So much grit had built up on the keycaps, and I had a feeling that it was even worse under the keys. What I wasn’t prepared for was how much dirt was under there: Crumbs, dust, hair, and who knows what else. I pulled all […]

Leopold Keyboards at EliteKeyboards

It looks like EliteKeyboards is no longer carrying the Filco line of Cherry MX boards. Instead they’re offering up what looks like a very similar option from Leopold. has a thread here with some good info on the Leopold. Apparently the designer is the same guy behind the Filco boards. No wonder they look […]

Das Keyboard III

Das Keyboard, Take Three. If this had been announced a month ago I might have paused before importing the Filco. It appears to use the blue Cherry keyswitches, which are a bit clickier (and consequently louder) than the brown switches on the Filco. It also has a USB hub, which the Filco lacks. It would […]

Filco Majestouch

Update 2009-06-23: It looks like there is finally an official US distributor of Diatec/Filco keyboards, Elite Keyboards. The “Otaku” version has no markings on the keys, like the Das Keyboard. This just in, after clearing customs from Japan: a Filco Majestouch FKB104M/EB. I first heard about Filco via the keyboard forums, and eventually ended […]

Keyboards Extended II

Update 2008-05-02: Got a SteelSeries 7G to try. It’s a non-starter, because on the Mac the “SteelSeries” function key occupies the left-hand Alt/Option key position and can’t be remapped. When ordering it I thought they had just put the SteelSeries logo over the standard Windows key. So I’m sending it back. Just for reference, the […]