I've been looking for a Matias Tactile Pro for some time, and won a TP 1.0 on eBay a few weeks ago. When it arrived, it wasn't in as good a condition as I had hoped - the right hand side of it is slightly yellowed whereas the left is still white, as if it's been sat near a window but partially in the shade. Shame, I would rather have it uniformly yellowed, but hey ho.
- Num Lock and Caps Lock have an LED built into them, and are non-clicky and linear, all other switches are clicky and tactile.
- Lettering appears to suffer from wear very badly. unless this particular board has seen a lot of usage.
- Very loud - much louder than my G80-3000 with Cherry MX blues.
- Build quality of the case is not particularly good. It snaps together, and then two screws hold it together, which is a good job because the plastic clips don't fit that well.
The main thing I'm wondering about is the switches, and who makes them. I popped off the Eject key at the top right of the keyboard, and it has a grey stem switch with the Alps logo. I didn't want to pop off any of the main alpha keys to see whether they're also grey because I always worry about the robustness of Alps type caps. They're all clicky and tactile.
Are these genuine Alps, Strongman or what?
Looking at the Matias web site, the TP 3.0 should be a better product, with my criticisms resolved (lettering, build quality). I know that Alps aren't for me, but this is not a criticism of the keyboard. I like clicky switches (or in the very least tactility), but Alps go too far - they're just too damn loud. Furthermore, the Alps switches feel less, how can I put it, "refined" than Cherry MX. I have no idea what gives me that impression, but it's just a feeling I get when using them.