September 21st 2012 8:42 am

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A mechanical keyboard with less clickety-clack

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Yes, $150 is a lot of money to spend on a keyboard; there's no question about that. If you do any serious amount of writing, though, it's an amount that's at least worth considering -- whether you spend it on this particular keyboard or another. Considering that it will likely outlast your current computer, and maybe the one after that, it can be seen as something more akin to an investment in a decent chair than your regular computer upgrade.

As for the Quiet Pro itself, it's a great entry into the world of mechanical keyboards for those worried that the clickety-clack of a traditional model will be too much for you (or your co-workers) to take. If you're a purist, though, we'd suggest that you try one out before you buy it if at all possible -- or at least keep your expectations in check after placing your order. There's a good chance you'll find the tactility/noise trade-off is worth it, but there is a bit of a trade-off. All things considered, however, it's a keyboard that easily justifies its price tag.

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$164.54

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Critic reviews

8.4
3 reviews
  • Ergonomics / comfort
    8.0
  • Tactility / button-feel
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.0
  • Noise
    9.2
  • Configurability
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User reviews

8.0
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8.0
Engadget Oct 11, 2012

There's a good chance you'll find the tactility / noise trade-off is worth it, but there is a bit of a trade-off. All things considered, however, it's a keyboard that easily justifies its price tag.

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9.0
Macworld Nov 16, 2012

If you’ve never used a mechanical keyboard before, the Quiet Pro is a great model to start with—it provides solid tactile feedback and reassuring key response without the obnoxiously loud key sounds.

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8.0
TUAW Sep 28, 2012

All in all, the $150 Quiet Pro represents an excellent entry in the mechanical keyboard arena and a wonderful innovation for anyone who has to balance sound against key feel. Recommended.

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8.0
fennelouski fennelouski

I've used a wide range of non-mechanical keyboards and they've all been okay . I never really thought about typing and never really considered that there could be an improvement at all. Then I started typing all day for my job and started thinking about what was between me and my work. I...

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