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UK Matias Wired RGB Backlit Aluminum Keyboard for Mac Space Grey


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Beautiful aluminum + RGB backlight.
It's the keyboard many have wanted, but Apple never made - a wired RGB backlit keyboard, in beautiful aluminum.

Typing is tactile & responsive.
With a generous 2mm of key travel, typing feels as tactile and responsive as any of the best laptop keyboards.

£99.98 (£83.32 ex VAT) 

UK Matias Wired RGB Backlit Aluminum Keyboard for Mac Space Grey - FK318LB-UK

Spectrum Color Dial.
The Color Dial gives you a continuous spectrum of colors, by simply turning the dial...
For White, turn all the way to the left, or all the way to the right - passing through a rainbow of colors in between.
It's the ultimate in simplicity & flexibility.

Nightly whites.
Too much Blue-light exposure at night is known to negatively impact your melatonin levels. This can shift your body’s natural time clock - leading to poor sleep and various other health issues.
The backlight on this keyboard was SPECIFICALLY designed to address that problem...
Turning the Color Dial all the way to the left or right gets you White (which is 100% Red, Green, and Blue).
BUT when you turn the Dial back, it preferentially reduces the BLUE component of White, resulting in softer Whites, that are more Yellow (and better at night).
Dial it back a little further, and you have 100% Yellow (0% Blue).
Dial it back further still, and you get 100% Red - which is the color that least impacts sleep patterns.
Reducing the backlight brightness is also advisable (see below).

Brightness control.
You can adjust the brightness of the backlight (in 10% increments) anywhere from 0 to 100% ...
Hold down the -/+ backlight key, then press + or - to increase/decrease the brightness.
You can also select a brightness level directly, by holding down the -/+ backlight key, then pressing a number (1 = 10%, 2 = 20%, etc.).
-/+ backlight key and Esc turns off the backlight.

Mouse-friendly USB port.
The built-in USB 2.0 port is perfect for connecting your favourite wired mouse (or wireless dongle).

Mac-friendly function keys.
Just like an Apple keyboard, the function keys let you control screen brightness, volume, iTunes, and more.
There's even an Fn key, that lets you momentarily change the function keys back to their traditional duties, when you need them.

UK Matias Wired RGB Backlit Aluminum Keyboard for Mac Space Grey - FK318LB-UK

Part Number
Cable length
1.5 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
441 mm
116 mm
19 mm
570 g
Gross Weight
770 g

UK Matias Wired RGB Backlit Aluminum Keyboard for Mac Space Grey - FK318LB-UK

  Anonymous  02/10/2023
Only had it for a few days but already it's very much like having the old keyboard back, which is saying something as my firstoriginal Mac keyboard lasted over a decade and I was seriously worried about replacing it, given Apple don't make it anymore (modern version pales in comparison) and pristine examples are rare-expensive. I bought this instead and so far it's a 4.55 (though half stars aren't available so i went with 5...)

My only critiques are:
Finish (minor): Two of the lower keys are slightly scratched on the bottom-narrow edge to the point they're leaking a bit of the backlight, but not so much I would dream of returning it.
A minor problem, but takes away slightly from the otherwise 10/10 aesthetics.

Functionality (also minor in context): There's only one USB port. I can see why and it's worth it for the awesome backlight, but I do miss the versatility of having two. Ironically, I also made the most use of the port on the left previously, so the fact that's the side that's been deleted is especially noticeable, but again, still a minor caveat overall.

Finally, just to note there is (at the time of writing) a light discrepancy on the website, where the backlight images show the modern (less desirable) layout. I'm happy to say the actual layout matches the main-normal light image, so you get a full and proper (tall double row) enter key.

All in all a great keyboard. So far I have no reason to doubt this will last as long as the original, and thanks for the great service, arrived sooner than expected!
  Anonymous  31/08/2018
The build quality and finish of this wired keyboard are excellent. It looks stunning in Space Grey, and the casing is a close enough match to the finish of my 2012 MacBook Pro. I had considered buying the Apple product, or an alternative Matias model (- white keyssilver casing), but I am glad I chose this one. In use, the keys feel very tactile and have just the right amount of travel - as good as the MacBook's keyboard. Although I have got used to the Macbook's keyboard layout, it's nice to have a numeric keypad once again. The bonus is the controllable range of backlighting levels and colours. Very pleased!
  Rog  20/04/2020
A very professional and superb services - 5 stars for the company
Love the keyboard and great alternative to Apple Extended keyboard
Would like to see the Backlight turn off when my computer goes to sleep
but still 5 stars
  mikeyboy  23/07/2019
My keyboard arrived very quickly. Excellent service from The Keyboard Company. These backlit keyboards have really great look and feel.
  Dave  21/11/2018
Excellent keyboard, the space grey finish is close to that of the MacBook. There is a good amount of travel in the keyboard making typing a pleasure - much better than the MacBook Pro keyboard. Highly recommended keyboard and service.
  Anonymous  19/09/2018
Awesome replacement for the wired Apple keyboard and its available in space grey into the bargain. Would have been 5 stars but the fact you have manually turn on the keyboard backlighting every time you start the computer is irritating.

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