Matias Tactile Pro for PC
The mechanisms under the keys of this model are based on those found in the beloved Apple Extended Keyboard II. Like most mechanical keyboards (and all shown here), it connects via USB cable rather than wirelessly, so it never needs recharging or time to wake up. This keyboard comes in glossy black (a Mac-compatible version is white). Keys are laser-etched with the appropriate character or function.
Sounds Like: Tap dancing with Legos bricks on the soles of your shoes.
Feels Like: Biting into a crisp apple. $150,
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL
Falling somewhere between a mechanical keyboard and the quieter membrane-type common today, the NovaTouch employs rubberized domes coupled with springs beneath its keys. This results in a soft but speedy return of the key to its up position, a boon for speed typists. Attach the optional o-ring sound-dampeners to each key to go totally stealth, if desired.
Sounds Like: A cue ball ricocheting off the padded bumper then nicking the eight ball.
Feels Like: Jogging on a compressed-rubber track. $199,
Das Keyboard 4C Ultimate
Shockingly, none of the keys of this flat-black, anodized aluminum model are marked. Its creator, Daniel Guermeur, originally made a blank keyboard to improve his typing speed, taking inspiration from the piano. “If there were notes—A, B, C or Do, Re, Mi—printed on the keys, the player would look at the keys and slow down. And that would not be music,” he explained.
Sounds Like: Snapping down the “Z” tile in Scrabble for a triple letter score.
Feels Like: Manning the console at NASA’s Mission Control. $139,
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