Matias Laptop Pro review
I love my HHKB. I love its form factor. It’s perfect, except that it requires a mini-USB cable to connect to my Macbook which isn’t very convenient.
The Matias Laptop Pro is the perfect addition to my keyboards family: it’s wireless, small and handy.
Let’s take a closer look at the Matias Laptop Pro.
There isn’t much change to the case compare with other Matias keyboards. It’s quite solid but the the feeling is not as good as the HHKB or Filco.
The case is made from Injected Policarbonate (used in football helmets) which is more resistant than other commonly used, cheap ABS plastic. It’s bit too glossy for my taste and a horrible fingerprint magnet (it’s not deal breaker to me though).
The Laptop Pro is a bit bigger in size, much less handy and quite heavier when compare with the HHKB Pro 2. It’s the smallest form Matias is offering for now but I heard they mentioned about working on a 60% board.
The keyboard has 2 rubber feet but still a bit slippy and easily get slided on the table.
It’s very quiet. Much quieter than any switches I’ve ever owned or tried before. The tactile bump is quite nice but not as noticable as the Tactile Pro. This is a trade off for being quiet I guess.
I’ve tried Brown MX keyboards and I have to say Matias quiet switches are definitely quieter, even if you do bottoming out everytime.
A bit hard for me as I get used to the HHKB layout with the
Ctrl key at the
Caps lock position instead. I may have to reassign the key as I keep mistakenly holding
Caps lock + Tab for tab switching in Chrome.
Fn key next to arrow keys choice is an interesting choice, though I do not need to use
Fn as often as I do to on my old HHKB.
Unfortunately I haven’t found a single place that sell custom keycaps for Matias quite switches yet. You’re stucked with the default one.
If you are already spoiled by the mechanical keyboards and don’t want to settle for less when you’re on the go, this keyboard is for you. It’s small, quiet, lightweight enough to carry around plus no more cable, thanks to the Bluetooth connection.
- A side note: I expect the keyboard to continue functioning if the charging cable is used and Bluetooth is off. Well, it doesn’t. I don’t know about the technical difficulty to make it work though.*
A Mac app for Homebrew
Not sure who’re the target users for this app as most of those who want to tinker with Homebrew formulas are probably not afraid of learning a few terminal commnads.
Still useful nonetheseless.
Zero knowledge about Ruby, Rails or Linux required.
Tự do ngôn luận
Con trai hỏi bố: - Bố ơi, tự do ngôn luận là gì hả bố?
Bố: - À, là ngay cả 1 thằng ngốc cũng được quyền phát biểu con à.
Con trai: - Vậy không có tự do ngôn luận là sao?
Bố: - Là nơi đó chỉ có những thằng ngốc mới có quyền nói.
Con trai: - ???
Rất đơn giản và dễ hiểu phải không? :)
Elizabeth Smart has the kind of fame no one would want: In the summer of 2002, at the age of 14, she became one of the nation’s most famous kidnap victims when she was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, where she lived with her devout Mormon family. Smart was raped by him nearly every day, sometimes several times a day. The only other person in their camp was Mitchell’s wife, Wanda Barzee, who treated Smart like her slave
She’s now married, finishing work on her degree at Brigham Young University and the head of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
When she was asked about the best advice her mother gave her, she said:
My mom said to me, “Elizabeth, what this man has done to you, it’s terrible, there aren’t words strong enough to describe how wicked and evil he is. He has stolen nine months of your life from you that you will never get back. But the best punishment you could ever give him is to be happy, is to move forward with your life and to do exactly what you want to do. … The best thing you can do is move forward because by feeling sorry for yourself and holding on to what’s happened, that’s only allowing him more power and more control over your life, and he doesn’t deserve another second. So be happy.” … I’m not perfect at following her advice … but I do try to follow it every day.
Matias Quiet Pro black matte case mod
The thing I dislike the most about Matias keyboards is the glossy, fingerprint-magnetted case.
Now, just imagine the Matias Laptop Pro with black matte case. That’s the dream. I would buy that in a heartbeat.
Image courtesy of Aaron Frost
My must-have Cydia tweaks/apps
I thought iOS 7 has spoiled me to the point I don’t think I would need to jailbreak. I mean, there’re now Notification Center and Control Center which is a much better improvement (even though Control Center is not customizable). Turns out I was wrong. A few weeks with Cydia and I have found quite a few awesome apps/tweaks. Here’re some on the top of my must-have list.
Have you ever beem waken up by your phone in the middle of the night and got blinded by how bright the screen was? Show your eyes some love and get this app.
It’s awesome. Text selection is so much easier with this tweak. There’s a Pro version that add several settings which you may like. If you don’t feel like paying,
SwipeSelection is always free. Alternatively, there is
SwipeShiftCaret (free) but you have to swipe on the text edit area instead of swiping on keyboard.
This app allows users to change the font system-wide. I personally in love with
Source Sans Pro font.
Allows user to map many gestures for various different actions, toggles.
Quick compose (with Automator), quick reply, theme, schedules, etc…
Animations are cool (at first). After awhile, it’s more of annoying than cool. I use this app to reduce the delay to 0.6 (default 1.0. 0 is instant) and it feels much more responsive.
I will add when i find more.
Want an ergonomic mechanical keyboard? This is about as good as it gets.
Matias has long been known for its excellent Matias Tactile Pro keyboard line and recently Matias Quiet Pro. I owned a Matias Tactile Pro 4 before and even though I later settled on the Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro 2, I still love the feeling of Matias ALPS switches.
Rather nice and (most importantly) not overpriced like ClickClack keycaps. Just grabbed one myself.
Features vs. Benefits
When you’re trying to win customers, are you listing the attributes of the flower or describing how awesome it is to throw fireballs?