東プレ REALFORCE R2 テンキーレス「PFU Limited Edition」英語配列 (アイボリー)
Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional Type-Sと同様、長時間の使用にも疲れにくい最高水準のキータッチと、軽快なタイピング感を実現。【仕様】 サイズ(mm)：W369 × D142 × H30 (キートップ上面まで) 重さ：1.1Kg キー数：87個 インタフェース：USB
東プレ キーボード REALFORCE87U テンキーレス英語配列 USB 有線接続 静電容量無接点方式 DIPスイッチ機能付 変荷重 昇華印刷 ホワイト SE07T0
東プレ REALFORCE SA R2 テンキーレス 静音/APC機能付き 日本語 静電容量無接点方式 USB 荷重30g 昇華印刷(墨) かな表記なし ブラック R2TLSA-JP3-BK
東プレ REALFORCE R2 日本語108配列 静電容量無接点方式 USBキーボード 変荷重 昇華印刷 かな表記あり アイボリー R2-JPV-IV
東プレ RealForce 87UB 静音モデル 英語ASCII 87配列 墨モデル テンキーレス 昇華印刷 変荷重 DIP付 SE170S
東プレ REALFORCE R2 TKL SA 静音/APC機能 日本語 静電容量方式 USB 荷重30g 昇華印刷(墨) かなナシ ブラック R2TLSA-JP3-BK-SHK
|価格||￥ 71,243||￥ 20,044||￥ 24,899||￥ 19,438||￥ 25,979||￥ 24,417|
|商品の寸法||36.83 x 14.22 x 3.05 cm||16.9 x 36.6 x 3.8 cm||14.2 x 36.9 x 3 cm||14.2 x 45.5 x 3 cm||41.2 x 23.01 x 5.79 cm||14.2 x 36.9 x 3 cm|
1. the key cap quality appears to be better. The spacebar on the non-limited version had a tiny bit of rough edges while this one is smooth. After popping both key caps out of both keyboards this one is labeled "1" and the other one is labeled "2" - likely this one went through another process. Also the legends on the key caps for this limited version appears to be in bold vs. the non-limited version does not have bold legend. I only had a sample of 1 so my observations might be different from yours.
2. This keyboard is taller than the non-limited version - might be due to the fact that they added the variable actuation point feature. Also the keys are quiet - this can be a pro or a con depending on personal preferences. This may also have contributed to the height.
3. This one has another row on top of the number pad with media control and actuation control - the variable actuation point feature might be useful in gaming, but I did not test as mine was defective (so I did not plug it in to play with it). Kind of frustrated that a $358 keyboard would have passed quality control with such an obvious flaw :/
I read some reviews on Reddit that the limited edition in Japan comes with a wooden palm rest - this one did not come with one. Not sure if this is a difference in US vs Japan treatment as the review I read was for the tenkey-less version. I did not have that to verify.
In conclusion, it was hard for me to say that this keyboard is $100 better than the non-limited version. I wanted to keep this one but the defect in the casing was not acceptable (can't take a wobbly keyboard). Without it though, it would have been the perfect keyboard for those who want a Topre keyboard, that is quiet (so you can work at night without annoying people), and has solid build.
At first, I was perplexed, because the package-insert manual consisted of a single sheet of paper with all of the instructions in Japanese only. This left me with almost no idea of how to access the various functions.
However, I soon found that the RF website has a product support page with download links for a catalog/spec sheet in English, driver software (Windows only), and a PDF of the software manual in English.
Here are my initial impressions, Pro and Con:
+ Compact form factor.
+ Attractive stealthy look.
+ Very quiet, but with a bit of the clip/clop on clay "thock" sound that is a hallmark of Topre switches.
+ Subtle Topre tactility. Excellent typing feel.
- Not completely programmable. Every modern keyboard ought to be completely programmable using non-proprietary software such as TMK or QMK.
- Attached cable. I much prefer a detachable cable.
- Hardwired Fn key. I much prefer no function key or one that can be remapped.
- Functions that are mostly useless for me or that I would prefer to assign myself.
- Case apparently snaps together rather than being held together with screws. I prefer a straightforward way of opening a keyboard case without worrying about damaging snap tabs or having to remove a seal that then violates the warranty.
- The black on black legends might look sophisticated, but the legends are essentially invisible in low-light conditions. I would prefer blank keycaps or keycaps with visible legends, at least for the alphanumeric keys.
~ APC. I suppose this will appeal to some, but I would be okay with the default middle setting. However, as long as this feature exists, it is nice that it can be accessed easily via Fn + Up-arrow.
~ Embedded NumPad. Somewhat nice to know it is there, but I doubt that I would ever use it. Moreover, some of the embedded NumPad keys interfere with my HHKB-style of remapping.
~ Silencing mats. The box also contains two rubber mats in different thicknesses that can be installed on the plate by first removing the keycaps. This will provide even more silencing at the expense of some key travel. The keyboard is already one of the quietest I have used. I doubt I would have any use for the rubber mats.
When slowly pressing keys to test weight and tactility, the 45g switches initially felt too light and lacking in tactility. However, when actually typing, the weight and tactility feel just right. At first, I thought I would regret not opting for an all-55g model, but now that I am typing on it, I think 45g is the best choice. The variable-weight model would not work for me, as the 30g switches would be too light.
As soon as I can figure out how to open the case without breaking it, I would like to install a panel-mount USB connector for a detachable cable and investigate the possibility of installing an internal Hasu USB-USB converter to make the keyboard completely programmable (except probably the hardwired Fn key).
However, the first change I have made is to replace the alphanumeric keycaps with caps that have visible legends. To me, black on black is not cool. The keys ought to be either blank or equipped with visible legends. However, I do like dark keyboard cases and dark modifier keys, which is why I bought the black version. I already had a set of Topre caps with visible legends ready to install (see picture).
The RF TKL R2 special PFU edition is solidly built, and the silenced all-45g Topre switches provide an excellent typing experience. Although I could install silencing rings myself, considering the cost of the rings and the time and effort spent in dismantling the keyboard in order to install them, the built-in silencing on the PFU special edition model is worth the extra $100 or so.
After setting up the RF R2 PFU TKL board with an external Hasu USB-USB converter and installing blue alphanumeric keycaps with visible legends, white HHKB keycaps to demarcate the cursor diamond, and some red keycaps on the top row, the keyboard is gaining favor in my eyes.
Before buying the RF, I had been typing on a Leading Edge DC-2014 with SKCM blue Alps switches. Now, after typing on the RF, the DC-2014 seems crude by comparison. I also have a Tokyo60 with Zilent switches that I had once said were Topre-like. The Zilents are perhaps even quieter than the silenced Topre switches in the RF, but the RF is definitely more elegant and refined. There is also something sure-footed about typing on the RF. I feel less prone to making typos than I do on Alps, Cherry, or Cherry clone boards, and the Topre switches in the RF are not prone to the twitchiness I have often encountered with Alps, such as missed keypresses or chattering.
Overall, I give the Realforce a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It would be 5 stars if it had a detachable cable, complete programmability, 60% form factor, and a wider selection of keycap styles, perhaps as boxed sets that could be purchased separately and installed by the customer.
It is also possible to purchase the Leopold version of this keyboard through other outlets, such as eBay. The Leopold-branded model is ostensibly the same as the RF/PFU model with only some cosmetic differences, such as a the color scheme of the keycaps. However, I did not like the Leopold color scheme, and I found that the Leopold spacebar made a loud "clack" sound from striking the top plate. I was able to attenuate the noise by applying strips of very thin self-adhesive polyurethane foam underneath the spacebar, but because of these issues, I would give the Leopold version 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Regarding the 60% form factor, I would urge Realforce and PFU to collaborate on a new version of the HHKB. This would be a 60% fully programmable model built like the RF, with Topre switches mounted in a steel plate instead of case-mounted switches as found in the HHKB. Moreover, they should consider reducing the size of all of the stabilized keys -- including the spacebar -- in order to eliminate the need for stabilizers, thus banishing all traces of stabilizer rattle once and for all.