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.