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Swedish/Finnish Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard

WE51B0

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The Topre Realforce105UB keyboard, exclusively produced for The Keyboard Company in full 105 key Swedish/Finnish 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) 

Swedish/Finnish Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard - WE51B0

The Topre Realforce105UB keyboard, exclusively produced for The Keyboard Company in full 105 key Swedish/Finnish 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.

Swedish/Finnish Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard - WE51B0

Manufacturer
Topre
Part Number
WE51B0
Connection
USB
Cable length
1.5 Metre
Language Layout
Swedish/Finnish
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

Swedish/Finnish Topre Realforce 105UB 45g Light Gold on Black Keyboard - WE51B0

  lra  21/07/2020
First of all it's very nice to see quality, full size keyboards in finswe layout and keycaps. The options are quite limited, if you need these features. Delivery was also pretty fast, considering the current situation.

Coming from a Varmilo VA109m (Cherry profile, Cherry MX Brown) keyboard, which I have found to be of very good overall quality, here are some impressions on the Topre Realforce:

Key profile: Slightly higher profile than Cherry. I find the Cherry profile slightly more comfortable, but it may be a matter of adjustment. The profile is certainly not bad in anyway on the Realforce, but the bottom row is more tilted towards the center making it a bit less comfortable to use flat.

Keycaps: Almost a velvet feel on the PBT keycaps, very enjoyable and very different from the PBT keycaps on the Varmilo (which are good in a different way). The spacebar is ABS, but can be replaced if needed (kbdfans). The gold on black lettering looks good on the keycaps and the typeset is of high quality.

Case: Looks a lot better in real life than in the pictures as far as the material goes. The top right logo panel is not nearly as bright as in the picture, but could be better. No issues with rattle or other defects and the weight is comparable to the Varmilo (heavy enough).

Stabilizers: Spacebar seems to be fine, but enter and backspace have slight rattle. Compared to the Varmilo with factory lubed stabilizers this is a bit of a letdown, but it's not a deal breaker (for me). Looks like lubing the stabilizers will take a bit more tinkering, since they are not exposed. I might do it at some point.

Switches: The switches are the main reason I wanted a different keyboard, since the Cherry MX Browns do not have the type of tactility as I was expecting or looking for. I was contemplating between ordering another Varmilo keyboard direct from their website with Zealios switches and the Topre Realforce, before deciding on this one.

The 45g weight seems to be perfect for my typing at least, although I was wondering whether the tactility would be lost on the lighter switches having read some reviews about the 55g version (only available in ANSI layout). No worries, though, the tactility is definitely there, right on top of the keypress, and a lot stronger and smoother than on the Cherry MX Browns. It is exactly the type of tactility curve I was looking for with exactly the right amount of force required.

Sound: Slightly quieter than the Varmilo, but not by much. Personally I have found that trying to silence the keyboard with O-rings or using silent switches makes it sound and feel cheap (tried this with the Varmilo, and also ordered a second one with silent reds, which I returned). I would say it's fine in an office live meet setting, but if you really need something quiet then get something else or go in heavy with the modding.

While the Varmilo feels and sounds like typing on wood (in a good way, if it makes sense), the Topre Realforce has this almost ceramic type sound on the keypress return, which I really like and definitely would not silence it myself.

Overall feel: It is definitely good, and seems to get even better the more I use it. The smooth, velvety keycaps and snappy response from the domes gives the keyboard a unique feeling, and it's not mushy in any way.

Other stuff: Tried plugging this into a macbook pro, and it seemed to work ok.
  Peter  26/10/2018
The keys on this have an amazing feel. The keycaps themselves have a slightly rubberized feel to them and have a very nice feel when pressed without making significant noise. I first ordered one to use at work, and after having asked around no one had any complaints about noise.

In the end i had to order a second one to use at home, because i kept mistyping otherwise because the keyboards were so different.

The only downsides i can think of are:

* The chassis itself, while solid, does not match the premium price tag (though the keys do)
* On a slippery surface the keyboard tends to slide on the side without the USB cable. This is partially due to a unbalanced weight distribution, and partially due to only having rubber feet at the front, and not on the back.
* The return and backspace have a different feel to them and sound much more springy which i don't really like, but the overall feel is still far superior to any other keyboard i have tried.
* Price... This keyboard is pretty expensive, you could probably buy 10 low cost decent keyboards for the price of one of these. And yet, i ended up ordering first one for work, then another for home...
  Michael  30/05/2018
As @Anton writes, very nice keyboard to type on - however, it is not as silent as I had hoped for.

Very solid built, have not had any issues with vibrations.

Is it better than other keyboards? Well, it depends - it is a nice keyboard, typing is good but as working in small rooms with colleagues it is still a bit loud. I for one will continue my search for a more silent keyboard, but I'm not in any hurry as it is a fine keyboard with a fast, accurate typing experience.
  sdx  05/07/2017
Wow. Just wow. Kp nuuu! Been using it for more than a year and I have never looked back.
  Anton  11/04/2017
A very nice keyboard to type on. It's not as silent as I had hoped but much more silent than my Ducky 9008S2 which has black Cherry switches. There's two things that annoy me:
* There's no backlight (don't really need it since it's at work - so almost moot point)
* The chassi can sometimes vibrate when typing causing the keyboard to sound more than it should (maybe secure the inside of the chassi better in the future?)

All in all I am very happy with it.
  Vincent  08/03/2017
Delivery fast - thanks!
And it's a dream to type on.

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