In the mechanical keyboard local community, there are a handful of keyboards that are revered by the local community in general. Some of all those keyboards involve the Happy Hacking Keyboard (HHKB) and the Topre REALFORCE keyboards, both of which originate from Japan and can be a bit challenging attempting to resource it in the US.
The excellent information is that in an announcement by Fujitsu, the corporation has announced that they will be bringing both HHKB and REALFORCE keyboards officially to the US. According to Yasunari Shimizu, President and CEO, Fujitsu Laptop Items of America, “There’s a long time of heritage at the rear of these keyboards.”
“The HHKB is an iconic piece of hardware that inspired a movement, redefining what a professional keyboard is and how it ought to seem, truly feel and perform, proper down to the layout and shape of the keys. Today’s variations harken back to the traditional 1990s product, symbolizing a organic evolution from the first layout.”
What can make these keyboards so revered is due to their use of Topre’s “switches”, which technically are not switches in the mechanical keyboard feeling. The use of Topre’s system combines the truly feel/audio of a membrane keyboard (minus the mushiness) with each other with the tactility one particular may possibly be expecting from a mechanical keyboard.
That being explained, neither the HHKB or the REALFORCE keyboards will appear affordable. Fujitsu has announced that the HHKB Specialist 2 will be priced at $241 whilst the HHKB Specialist Kind-S will retail for $322. The REALFORCE R2 will be priced at $258, whilst the REALFORCE R2 PFU Minimal Version is priced at $348.00. Extra data about the keyboards can be identified on its web-site.