Product Comparison: Matias Ergo Pro vs Kinesis Freestyle


General Specifications
Brand
Matias
Kinesis
Model
Ergo Pro
Freestyle Edge
Origin
China
USA
About the Product
The Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard is a better ergonomic keyboard. It has all the standard features you would expect in an ergonomic keyboard - tenting, negative tilt, separated left and right side, short reach to the mouse, etc. However, it also features something quite rare in an ergonomic keyboard ... Matias Quiet-Linear mechanical switches. Mechanical switches are faster and more comfortable than switches in flat keyboards, and the Matias Quiet-Linear switches have the advantage of a "light touch". Other special features include: a premium removable palm support that feels amazing, sculpted keycaps for faster and more comfortable typing, laser-etched keys, a USB 2.0 hub, audio and media controls, dedicated keys for cut, copy, paste, undo, and special anti-ghosting circuitry.
The Freestyle Edge is the first split keyboard designed specifically for gaming. An adjustable 20″ braided cable links the key modules to give you unparalleled freedom to customize your rig. There is no wrong way to set up the Freestyle Edge, just dial in your favorite configuration for the ultimate desktop freedom. Seamlessly shift between gaming & typing configurations for the best of both worlds.
Key Specs
Keyboard Type
Ergonomic
Ergonomic
Number of Keys
87
99
Interface
USB
USB
Size & Weight
Height
1.38 in.
1.25 in.
Width
14.5 in.
15.5 in.
Depth
9.06 in.
7.25 in.
Weight
59.6 oz.
44.8 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard for PC, Low Force Edition, Version 2
  • I love the construction of this thing as it is very sturdy and heavy.
  • I bought them mainly because of the quiet key feature so I can type without disturbing people nearby or waking up my family when I use my computer at night. For that purpose these keyboards are great, and the split design is quite comfortable.
  • Each keypad is very comfortable and being able to adjust their position on the fly depending on how I'm sitting has already alleviated the constant neck strain I was getting with my previous standard keyboard.
  • Very well built, comfortable and robust. Sometimes some keys get stuck tho...
  • Comfortable, tons of fancy functions. But, the qualify of the keys is horrible. I loved that it is split, and has a lot of separation since my shoulders span nearly 48 inches, and don't like to type like a T-Rex like with other keyboards.
Kinesis Freestyle (KB950) Edge Split Gaming Keyboard
  • Comfortable split-keyboard layout reduces stress on shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Supported them on Kickstarter, when it arrived I immediately fell in love. I even bought a second one to use at work! So much more comfortable than ANY gaming keyboard I have ever used.
  • The keyboard is comfortable, responsive, and overall just great to use.
  • I LOVE this keyboard. it took a little getting used to starting out but after awhile i got the feel for it. Personally i have a limited desk space and play a lot of FPS games and need as much mouse space as i can get. this keyboard is perfect for that.
  • If I had to complain about anything, it would be the plastic. For a keyboard at this price it would have been nice to see higher quality material options, but overall it's a very nice keyboard.
Keys
Key Type
Mechanical
Mechanical
Backlighting
No
Blue backlight
Rollover
N-Key
N-Key
Multimedia Keys
Yes
Yes
Integrated Numeric Keypad
No
No
What customers say about "Keys"
Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard for PC, Low Force Edition, Version 2
  • Great keyboard. Typing most of the day and it relieves the discomfort I felt from my wrists, shoulders, chest, and neck when using a ms natural keyboard. The separation on that was just not enough for me.
  • I bought this after some issues with my wrists and shoulders came up. The independent pieces make it so that I can place my arms naturally while I type.
  • I have a great deal of hand and wrist pain when I type all day long. A coworker told me about this new Matias low force keyboard that helped to eliminate their hand pain. They were rite on the money.
  • Proper F keys. I use these quite a bit as well, and while these are serviceable, I would have liked them to be full size. There is room on the keyboard without increasing its overall dimensions, so I'm not sure why they chose this route.
  • The 6 key is on the right hand keyboard, not the left. The reach is too far.
  • I am not a big fan of the switches used on this keyboard. This is a very subjective thing, but for me the keys are overly sensitive and wiggle WAY too much.
Kinesis Freestyle (KB950) Edge Split Gaming Keyboard
  • 6 key rollover default works really well (again a substantial upgrade from the MS4000's 3ish key rollover), and N-Key rollover seems to work on macOS also, which is surprising, not a lot of keyboards do NKRO on macOS.
  • My favorite feature on all Kinesis Keyboards is the keys to the left; I use the copy and paste all the time. This version has them programmable so really I can put anything there.
  • The quality of this keyboard is very apparent. The keys feel excellent and the backlighting means I can take down the silly book light I used to use with the Freestyle2 to see the keys in the dark.
  • The switches on this board are nice quality. The cherry mx blues feel great. They are responsive along with the stabilizers on the larger keys. I couldn't be happier with the feel of the switches.
  • Non-standard navigation cluster (home/end, ins/del, page up/dn)
  • I do wish it came in other backlight colors, but its a small price to pay for the overall benefits.
Features
Adjustable Tilt Function
Yes
Yes
Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS X
Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, Linux
Cable Length
6.5 feet
6 feet
Spill Resistant
No
No
Palm Rest
Yes
Yes
Extras
Low Force option also available, A better navigation cluster, Narrower than most & more comfortable with a mouse, Leg supports for tilting & tenting, Dedicated keys for... Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, 3 extra USB 2.0 ports
Compact, tenkeyless footprint, XL Split, Freedom and flexibility, Fully programmable, No-Install Programming App, NKRO mode
What customers say about "Features"
Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard for PC, Low Force Edition, Version 2
  • The wrist rest is very comfortable.
  • Not only is the quality of the keyboard absolutely superb, but Matias customer service is fantastic. I lost a cable and needed support. A Matias rep emailed me back immediately upon receiving my email and helped me solve my issue.
  • The right half is slightly bigger to make room for the USB ports and power plugin. I would gladly sacrifice the USB ports if it meant a more even split of keys. Mainly the keys 6 and F5 really need to be on the left half and so far my left index finger keeps going for them to find only air.
  • The rear elevated configuration rocks due to tripod effect
  • I have noticed the wrist rest fabric beginning to fray (or visibly wear) in just a month of daily use, exactly where the ball of my left wrist rests on it.
  • The usb to micro usb connection that they provide with the keyboard is incorrectly angled. The angle of the cable is going to the left while the micro usb port is on the right side so you need to bend the cable in order for it to run away from the keyboard (see image attached)
Kinesis Freestyle (KB950) Edge Split Gaming Keyboard
  • The software stays on the keyboard, so you don't have to install it on each of your devices. It's full of features for rebinding keys and creating macros and such. It does exactly what I need it to.
  • The lift kit looks like it requires the palm rest attachments to be connected at all times, but I'm fine with that. Having the tenting sit at 10 or 15 degrees and I'm still resting my palms on the palm rests.
  • I LOVE that zero software is required to use the extra features of the keyboard.
  • The software stays on the keyboard, so you don't have to install it on each of your devices. It's full of features for rebinding keys and creating macros and such. It does exactly what I need it to.
  • The ability to access the software inside the keyboard is hands down worth every penny; programming the Edge is trivial and very robust. Kinesis put a lot of thought into it.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
MSRP
200.00 $


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