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UK Topre Realforce 88UB 45g Key Black on Black Mini Keyboard

YA21B0

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Now available for the first time and exclusively produced for The Keyboard Company, the Topre Realforce88UB keyboard, in United Kingdom layout, is a joy to type on. It incorporates Topre's patented 30 million key life cycle non-contact electrostatic capacitance switches with a switch weight of 45g. The subtle black on black keycaps with their tactile feel and N Key Rollover ensure fast and accurate input.

£210.00 (£175.00 ex VAT) 

UK Topre Realforce 88UB 45g Key Black on Black Mini Keyboard - YA21B0

Included are yellow with black print W, A, S and D keys, a key puller and 4 key collars (used to disable keys).

UK Topre Realforce 88UB 45g Key Black on Black Mini Keyboard - YA21B0

Manufacturer
Topre
Part Number
YA21B0
Connection
USB
Cable length
1.6 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
88
Switch Type
Capacitive
Length
366 mm
Depth
168 mm
Height
40 mm
Weight
1.2 kg
Compatible
PC and MAC (Mac's may experience limited functionality)
Gross Weight
1.5 kg

UK Topre Realforce 88UB 45g Key Black on Black Mini Keyboard - YA21B0

  GT  26/04/2017
I have been down a very long and winding road in the world of mechanical keyboard ownership. My first mechanical keyboard, you could say, was in 1991 when we had an IBM Model 55 PS2 computer in the house. Buckling spring was pretty much all the rage back in those days. For a very long time since then I was unable to find a keyboard that would replicate it and to be honest wasn't something I thought about.

I managed to buy a Unicomp keyboard some years ago but was unimpressed with what I really still believe to this day is the holy grail of mechanical keyboards. However, that being said, buckling spring has one main disadvantage in the modern day office if anyone is looking to reprise one of these into daily use, and that is noise. Truly, they offend the eardrums of most non-mechanical keyboard users, who simply do not understand.

Anyway, all this aside, there must be a mechanical keyboard that is fit for the modern day, and after many years of using Cherry MX Brown and Blue switches - (coincidentally, Filco Majestouch keyboards both procured from the Keyboard Company some years ago) - I thought I had found my utopia in the Happy Hacking Keyboard which I went to some lengths to import from Japan.

The Topre keyswitch is indeed the ultimate in my opinion, but I could not get on with the form factor. Then, finally, after months of waiting, the Topre Realforce is finally back in stock. I immediately ordered one as soon as I had the chance...

The keyboard arrived promptly, as usual with the excellent service from KBC. Inside the outer box used to deliver it, was another, nondescript cardboard box, with a simple label on the side detailing the contents. Clearly Topre have not invested money in shiny packaging, leading me to believe that my 210 has gone into the keyboard.

After liberating the keyboard from it's container, I immediately notice the weight. The Topre Realforce is a plate mounted keyboard, so does carry some heft. I like it, it feels solid, the plastic is solid, and the key action is simply sublime. Quiet enough to be acceptable, and with a tactile feel that is, in my opinion, far superior to that of the Cherry lines (and not to disrespect Cherry - they are fine switches!), Topre is where it is at.

The cost is very high, but this is for a very good reason. You are not simply buying a keyboard, you are investing in an extremely high quality instrument for commanding ones computer.

I am very pleased with the keyboard, and the excellent service from KBC.

Many thanks
  Greg  10/04/2017
Enjoying using the Topre Realforce, the keyboard is extremely high quality and I think the black on black keys look very sleek.

As for typing, I have to say I much prefer the feel and sound of the Topre switches compared to my old MX Brown Filco.

I'd say for gaming Cherry MX switches are more suited, but the Topre's are more than capable.
  Tom RH  29/03/2017
Very pleased with my Realforce 88UB. The Topre action is great, very nice key finish, outstanding build (it is built like a tank!) and great looks. Also nice and quiet - so happy colleagues too!

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