They feel amazing.
These are the switches used in our award-winning Tactile Pro. Praised by people who earn their living at a keyboard, they feel and sound so good, they'll bring a smile to your face and a devil-may-care attitude to your typing.
Matias Click Switches offer the maximum amount of tactile and auditory feedback of any keyswitch available.
These switches don't just click, they click with reckless abandon. They click like they were born to click. If you learned to type on a typewriter and are comforted by that sound, these are the switches for you. If you're a gamer, think Gatling gun.
More tactile than Cherry.
There really is no comparison. Cherry switches are linear — by definition, not tactile. They lack a click leaf, which is required for tactile feedback. In contrast, Matias Click Switches were designed from the beginning to offer the optimal amount of tactile feedback.
RGB backlight support.
Our switch housing is transparent. Light shines right through it.
This makes it easy to design backlit keyboards, as well as indicator lights that appear right on the actual keys — Caps Lock and Num Lock, for example.
Best of all, this approach does not interfere with the feel of the switch, and there's no extra cost incurred. There is no separate "backlit version" of our switches. They all support backlighting — in ANY colour.
Needless to say, we were very amused to see Cherry copy this idea in their Cherry MX RGB switches — the sincerest form of flattery.
Rebirth of the ALPS tradition.
There was a time when the best keyboards in the world used ALPS switches, a time before lesser (cheaper) technologies took over. If you remember that time, or even if you don't, you can still experience that time. Our Matias Click Switches are a faithful re-creation of the ALPS switches used in some of the best keyboards ever made.
How do they sound?
We made sample recordings of keyboards that use Matias Click Switches, Cherry Blue, Cherry Brown, and Matias Quiet Click switches.
Simply click (or tap) to play/pause. Adjust your speaker volume (if necessary).
Improving on the ALPS tradition.
We were HUGE fans of the original clicky ALPS switches. In fact, we went to great lengths to ensure that they stayed in production — at one point, committing to buy a Million switches!
However, when it became clear that we were living on borrowed time, we knew we had to do something. It was the heart of our award-winning Tactile Pro. If that switch died, our product would die with it.
Our factory suggested that we adopt Cherry switches instead, but they felt and sounded cheap to us — like an old rubber dome keyboard that had lost all of its elasticity. They were linear and tinny sounding. We liked tactile and clicky.
So, we picked the only course of action left to us... Attempt an authentic re-creation of our beloved ALPS switch. We weren't sure if we'd pull it off, but we had to try.
2 years and a million little details later, we not only succeeded in re-creating the greatness of the original ALPS switch, we improved upon it...
We eliminated the "chorus of springs", a residual ringing sound that some users found annoying. We upgraded the quality and thickness of the materials used to make the switches.
In short, we made the best ALPS switch so far.
Built to last longer.
Traditional ALPS switches had an operating life of 10 million cycles. Matias Click Switches last 5x longer — 50 million cycles.
Most keyboards cannot register more than a few keys pressed at once, so they may not be able to keep up with very fast typists. The result is called ghosting — letters missing from what you actually typed, or additional letters that you didn't type.
These problems can be eliminated completely on a mechanical keyboard, simply by adding a diode to each switch. This is one of the major advantages mechanical keyboards have over cheaper technologies.
Most innovations start with hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts, so we want to do everything we can to support their development efforts. If you're making your own custom keyboard, we sell our switches in quantities small enough to build even just one (200 pcs). You can purchase keycaps from Signature Plastics or harvest them from vintage ALPS keyboards purchased on eBay.
If you're a keyboard manufacturer looking to build a product based on our switches, we offer bulk pricing on quantities in multiples of a carton (4800 pcs).