We already covered the announcement of the new Matias tactile-keyboards but couldn’t resist descending into the show floor in order to get a quick hands-on with the Canadian-made kit. The USB-powered boards contain a Bluetooth module and a physical button (with a blue LED) that you can switch between typing on your desktop and wirelessly to your device. The “Island-Style” SlimOne replicates the look and feel of the current Apple island-keyboard, but with scissor keys, which pleasantly resist your fingers. The ’90s style Tactile One forces your hands to readjust back two-decades, but the mechanical board was a joy to use, with no lag between typing and it appearing on a compatible phone. After the break we’ve got a short video where we learn that retro keyboards can send people into such a frenzy that they forget to type the word “movie” correctly.
Gallery: Matias Tactile One hands-on
Sean Buckley contributed to this report.
Matias Tactile One, SlimOne hands-on (video)