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UK Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard

WE21B0

Out of Stock ETA 17/03/2017 

The Topre Realforce105UB keyboard, exclusively produced for The Keyboard Company in full 105 key 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 light gold 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 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard - WE21B0

The Topre Realforce105UB keyboard, exclusively produced for The Keyboard Company in full 105 key 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 light gold on black keycaps with their tactile feel and N Key Rollover ensure fast and accurate input.

UK Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard - WE21B0

Part Number
WE21B0
Connection
USB
Cable length
1.5 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
105
Switch Type
Capacitive
Length
455 mm
Depth
168 mm
Height
40 mm
Weight
1.5 kg
Compatible
PC and MAC (Mac's may experience limited functionality)
Gross Weight
1.79 kg

UK Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard - WE21B0

  moeNES  12/02/2017
I have never owned any kind of professional keyboard, just an apple keyboard supplied with my iMac. Maybe my experience is not enough to properly evaluate different kind of switches or other more advanced keyboard concepts like the butterfly switch mechanism Apple uses on its own MacBook products.

I have read a lot about switch designs in keyboards and I have heard about the Cherry MX switch line (who wouldn't have anyways), and I tried some different switches from cherry's switch line (blue red and brown, the green one I was not able to test because there was none available in the store I was looking for keyboards in; probably there are others too I'm currently not aware of).

Then I have heard about the capacitive switch mechanism (or rather a more complex sensing algorithm enabled by a powerful microcontroller inside of the keyboard) that can dynamically adapt to the owner (carefully ignoring unintended keypresses when you just slightly touch the key). I'm quite surprised how well this thing works as it's very accurately senses the way I would type and it adapts to it., but probably its just a placebo effect because topre doesn't advertise this.

But it's not just the switch paradigm which is different (not being a real switch but an electronic circuit), it's the a totally different feeling as well. It's not the type of clicky feel the cherry blue has, and it's not the linear feeling the cherry red has, it's rather a very distinct type of response composed of a slight initial resistance but then not a click, it's more a smooth wave ending in a damped sound called for (in my opinion legendary) Topre thock which makes typing very comfortable because it's not fatiguing the fingers, but it's not too linear either. Some people would say that this kind of keyboard is inferior because it has rubber domes and springs under each key, but just because it's a rubber dome it hasn't to be a bad keyboard. The good combination of rubber dome and spring really enables this keyboard to give this kind of non-linear but as well non-clicky response. And additionally, it's relatively quiet compared to other keyboards I know about, including the Apple Keyboard i have been using for some years. It's as I have said above, the unique and indescribable Topre thock that I'd really miss if I had some other keyboard to work with.

I'm quite positively impressed with this keyboard as it made me type at least 50% faster, measured by tests on 10fastfingers.com

Of course, the quality of this keyboard is totally amazing. It's not made in china (hey, they do great products as well), but it's designed AND manufactured in Topre's own manufacturing facilities in Japan. It's quite heavy and it has a metal sheet in it, but that's exactly what makes this keyboard so long-lasting like others say. I feel like it could literally punch a hole in the wall without breaking it.

I really love the keyboard because it's the first ever to make me feel like I'm playing some technically complex piece on a piano.

Quick summary (TLDR):
+ Extremely unique switch feeling (nowhere to be found)
+ Topre thock (so satisfying you can't type on other keyboards anymore)
+ Switches are quiet compared to the Cherry MX line
+ Combination of linear and slightly clicky, but very rounded feeling
- less fatigue for your little fingers
+ Super amazing capacitive switch technology
+ Super high build quality, feels very sturdy (Made in Japan)
+ High Quality PBT switches for maximum durability (doesn't wear out)
LOVE IT :3
  Igor Willems  07/05/2016
I own and work with 9 different keyboards, 8 of them are mechanical; Model M (IBM and Unicomp), Das Keyboard (blue Cherry MX), Cherry MX Board 6.0 (red Cherry MX), Matias Tactile Pro 4, Logitech G710+ (brown Cherry MX), Topre RealForce (Hi-Pro) and this keyboard, the Topre RealForce in UK lay-out.

My Logitech keyboard is my workhorse, it can handle everything you throw at it; typing, programming, gaming and so on. Buckling spring and blue Cherry MX switches are a tad too heavy for me, the Tactile Pro 4 is only good at making noise, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 is a close favourite but doesn't match the experience provided by the RealForce.

The very first thing that came to me when I typed on this keyboard is how nothing else compares to it. Whenever I want to do serious typing I always switch to one of my Topre keyboards. Void of embellishments (no multi-media keys and backlight for example) and non-clicky, each key-stroke gives a pleasant soft thock sound I came to value. The key-cap material, with gold print for this UK version, seems also unique to the RealForce, its slightly rough of texture which prevents finger slips. Granted, the Topre switch is not a true mechanical switch but a hybrid construction between a mechanical and a rubber dome switch, which makes no difference to me.

I have no doubt that this keyboard is made to endure a long time of typing, something it needs to justify its high price tag, for this is indeed the second most expensive mechanical keyboard I own (the most expensive one being the Hi-Pro version). It comes down to personal taste rather than hard numbers and graphics when choosing between what mechanical switch is better and you'll find avid fans of every switch type.

The only drawback is the severe limited availability of this keyboard, so should you be in the marker for one, be prepared to do some searching before finding the one you want. Another drawback, one of the smallest degree, is how the left side of the keyboard moves too easily over my desk, which is easy to solve.

Delivering this keyboard proved troublesome, I gave the wrong address, but thanks to the excellent cooperation from the Keyboard Company I eventually got it, they even refunded the shipping cost.
  Bronek Kozicki  06/05/2016
First thing first - admittedly this is one of the most expensive keyboards you are likely to find. And yet I believe it deserves the price demanded.

Before this keyboard I owned a series of keyboards with Cherry MX switches - both blue and brown (various brands - Das Keyboard first, then Filco and WASD). These are good keyboards, if somewhat harsh. Topre, on the other hand, is a sublime keyboard - the keys move gently, but confidently and definite although quiet snap. It has just the right amount of key travel, and it is very quiet compared to all other mechanical keyboards. Typing on this keyboard is a luxury, I would even call it a Rolls Royce among keyboards. Also the keycaps are extremely hard-wearing, of all the keyboards I owned only recently bought WASD seem to maintain labels so well.

I was so enamored with it that after buying the first one for my desk in office, I bought second but smaller model for home. This unfortunately turned out to be a bad choice, for no fault of Topre - it is simply difficult to keep switching between full 105-keys midday and tenkeyless model in the evening, as the hand keeps wandering to the wrong position when moving from mouse. Also it turns out that the tenkeys keypad is actually useful for calculations. Eventually I've put away small Topre on the shelf and switched to WASD at home, while continuing to use large Topre in the office, and went looking to buy another large Topre for home.

This unfortunately uncovered one fault of these keyboards: they are extremely difficult to buy in UK layout. I recommend that as soon as you see them on stock, give them a try while they are available. Your fingers and wrists will appreciate it.
  Nick Taylor  29/04/2016
I visited The Keyboard Company in Stroud as I was unable to decide whether the Topre keys were going to be to my liking. I spent most of the day there and they couldnt have made me feel more welcome. They even gave me lunch! After many hours comparing the Cherry MX Blues of the Filco Majestouch with the Topre Realforce, I decided that the Topre keys were for me.

A few months on, I continue to enjoy typing on this keyboard. The quality is outstanding. The keys register every keystroke with the satisfying thock that Id read about online, but didnt really appreciate until I owned one.

The keyboard works seamlessly through my KVM switch and after many hours of typing, my fingers are never tired.

Ultimately whether youd prefer the exciting click of the Cherry MX Blue switch or the understated thock of the Topre is for you to decide. Yes this keyboard is expensive, but if you spend many hours of your day using it, dont you deserve the best?

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