I know you are going to say that I pronounce my ass and wrong in every shape and way, but you need to know that I have found the perfect keyboard – the platonic ideal of keyboards. And it only costs $ 337!
My mom once berated me for a full 30-minute drive home after spending $ 200 on one Magical Knight Rayearth DVD set at Suncoast, so I realize that my understanding of what is worth is sometimes skewed by my desire to want the things I want. I accept that. But the Happy Hacking Keyboard is already one of the most recommended keyboards for “real” mechanical keyboard fans, and this new bluetooth variant, the Happy Hacking Hybrid Type-S keyboard, simply picks up on all the very good things who love the HHKB tacks on a great bluetooth controller and USB-C and produce something so sublime that you may be able to forgive this absolutely obscene price tag.
Mechanical keyboards are not for everyone, and each person’s digits have a different feel for what is “good”. The HHKB uses the well-known and expensive Topre key switch that most mechanical keyboard enthusiasts consider the most luxurious switch. I didn’t want to believe them because I sometimes worry that the hype about key switches, like audio devices, has more to do with big words and snake oil than actual quantifiable differences.
But I saw Jacob Alexander Measurements from Topre switches compared to other common types . I know that Topre switches have a mechanical difference and a distinct tactile quality that gives them their legendary reputation and makes me covet them in all forms. Typing on a Topre keyboard is similar to refreshing typing on your first mechanical keyboard after years of hooking up super slim laptop keyboards, but every day. It’s extremely enjoyable. The keyboard is loud enough to make you proud that I spent an inordinate amount of money on a mechanical keyboard, while soft enough not to get angry (or angry from video chat) bosses and employees into your office send. the more likely scenario these days).
There’s a satisfying little bump when you press a button. It’s not that firm click that you feel when typing on most mechanical keyboards. Instead, there is a distinct role. A feeling of increasing, gentle resistance and then a gentle release. It’s almost like packing the really big bubbles into the packaging, but without the uncomfortably loud popping at the end.
This is because the Topre switch is a hybrid switch that consists of a large spring under a rubber dome. Keyboard enthusiasts often joke that Topre fans are just madmen who love a membrane keyboard – no better than the Yahoo who buy the multitude of cheaper keyboards from Logitech, Dell, and others. I’m not sure if I can tell you are wrong as I’m geared towards a Topre, but I can at least point out the promised longevity of the Topre compared to a typical membrane keyboard. It will take longer and Feel better to type.
There is a wide variety of keyboards for Topre fans. My daily driver in the office – which I haven’t seen since March – is a Leopold FC660 keyboard with Topre switches. What sets the Happy Hacking Keyboard apart is its small footprint. The HHKB is a 60% keyboard, meaning there is no row of function keys, no numeric keypad or even arrow keys. You only get the bare necessities keys. Many of the keycaps have an alternate assignment on their sides. Pressing one of these keys with the Fn key gives you a full-sized keyboard that takes up almost half the floor space and number of keys. Fn and; /: act as the left arrow key. Fn and ‘/’ as the right arrow key. Fn and 1 /! as an F1 key. You get the picture.
At first it can feel annoying and overly complex. Isn’t it the point of a keyboard to make things faster and easier? But you only have one learning curve, that’s all. Soon the shortcuts will become second nature and your fingers will fly. There’s a degree of elitism in using an HHKB that reminds me of how many of us approached Das Keyboards when they were first introduced. In particular, the keyboards do not contain any lettering on the key caps. So, unless you are a talented typist, if you go looking like an idiot, you will stumble. Perfecting the use of a Das keyboard was a badge of honor, and I think the HHKB is caring out the same goofy cultural cache. But it’s a lot smaller and honestly looks better.
The new HHKB Type-S offers a USB-C port if you want to connect it directly to the computer and a Bluetooth module if you want to be wireless. While Bluetooth can be tricky (I’ve had a lot of problems with headphones and mice over the years), after months of using the HHKB Type-S, I haven’t had any problems. Whenever I need to type, I just hit the power button and I’m on my way. It’s fast, reliable, and I haven’t had to change batteries since I set up the keyboard earlier this year. That’s what brings this from near perfect like the normal HHKB to absolute perfection. It’s wireless and bug free.
At $ 337, the HHKB Type-S isn’t cheap. It’s not for people who want to dip their toes in the sea of mechanical keyboard, or for people who need a number pad, six scroll wheels, four rows of macro keys, and RGB lights. This is a puristic keyboard. An elite idiot’s keyboard. This is the perfect keyboard. I never go back
- It’s incredibly expensive.
- It’s a 60% keyboard, meaning you have to rely on keyboard shortcuts to access all of the keys on a full-sized keyboard.
- It is wonderful.
- Bluetooth and USB-C just work.
- It works out of the box with Windows and Mac.
- Typing on it is perfection and nothing else can be compared.