The laptop is an interesting hybrid of portable and mechanical – it has the depth of a mechanical keyboard, with a 3.5 mm travel distance, yet it’s quite thin, perhaps around two thirds the size width of a typical keyboard. The key layout is fairly standard for a Mac keyboard, with the same shortcuts you’d find on any Macbook Pro.
On the right hand side things get a bit weird and wooly though, with the cursor keys placed just to the right of the lower modifiers. Home and End are secondary to Page Up and Page Down on their own little cluster, while delete is on the Function key row. The layout is fairly logical, but definitely takes some getting used to – and I would have much preferred Home and End to take precedence over Page Down and Page Up, although in OS X you can use Ctrl + Left and Ctrl + Right for the same functionality.
On the rear of the keyboard, we have a number of indentations – two USB ports on the left and right, with one further USB port and a multi-function button near the middle. These are actually quite clever, as while you’re charging the keyboard using one of the USB ports, you can use any additional juice your charger is providing to charge two further USB devices. So if you only have access to one socket, you could potentially charge the keyboard, an iPhone and an iPod all at once, if you had enough amperage on tap.
Pairing with a keyboard is quite simple – just hold the multifunction button for a few seconds, and one of the USB ports will start flashing blue. Pairing is also easy – in Windows 8, I was asked to simply type in a number sequence on the keyboard and press enter. From then on, devices should remember the pairing and automatically join up once the keyboard is switched on via a single press of the button.
Turning over the keyboard, we can read the traditionally placed model identification number. Helpfully, Matias have also included their support information here.
We also can see the transparent plastic feet, which combined with the weight of the keyboard are a successful method of keeping it from sliding around your desk.