Can Matias Make a Better Keyboard for Apple Devices Than Apple Does?

I've heard about Matias keyboards, but I first had the opportunity to try the Matias Backlit Wired Aluminum Keyboard ($99) at 2018 CES in Las Vegas, and later had more time to work with a review unit. In fact, I'm typing this review on one right now. It has keys similar to Apple's "chicklet" style keyboards but the Matias versions have some advantages.

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The keyboard has built-in backlighting with most of the colors of the rainbow. You adjust the brightness settings using a dedicated Backlight key and the number keys or plus or minus keys. There is a dial in the back of the keyboard to select the color. Additionally, there is an extra USB port on the side of the keyboard, so the keyboard has a neutral footprint on your available USB ports.


The keyboard has a nice heft and typing feel. Plus you can get one in your favorite traditional Apple colors, such as silver, space gray, gold, and even rose gold. The only downside is that because they're sold online, if you don't have a friend who has one, you won't be able to try out the keyboard before buying.


  • Assorted exterior colors
  • Assorted backlighting colors
  • USB port built in
  • Nice heft and keyboard feel
  • Integrated function keys


  • Limited purchase options

Final Verdict

The Backlit Wired Aluminum Keyboard from Matias is a nice improvement over the Apple Magic Keyboard. 

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