Realforce R2 PFU Limited Edition

vinzbe

23 Jan 2019, 00:16

For Europe, I think the pre-order from MyKeyboard is a better offer and you avoid import taxes.

They don't seem to have a version with APC. Thought, the difference between the 3 settings was too subtle for me when using 30g, 45g or purple domes. So it's not necessarily a big loss.

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Muirium
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24 Jan 2019, 01:29

Re: the KBDfans caps, that's me back home now and I've popped them onto my Realforce, too. First impressions are pretty good. The sore spot is left Shift on this keyboard, and right Shift on the HHKB, which are both a bit rotated. Nothing to get in the way of typing, but a notable imperfection. I'll write about them properly in a picture thread once I've given them some time and taken some pictures. The legends and key shapes, however, are a real treat.

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Hypersphere

24 Jan 2019, 01:52

Muirium wrote:
24 Jan 2019, 01:29
Re: the KBDfans caps, that's me back home now and I've popped them onto my Realforce, too. First impressions are pretty good. The sore spot is left Shift on this keyboard, and right Shift on the HHKB, which are both a bit rotated. Nothing to get in the way of typing, but a notable imperfection. I'll write about them properly in a picture thread once I've given them some time and taken some pictures. The legends and key shapes, however, are a real treat.
I am pleasantly surprised. I was skeptical about the KBDfans Topre caps. The genuine Topre caps are so elegant in every way (at least this is so for the alphas; I am not as keen on their combinations of symbols and lettered legends on the modifiers). I had suspected that the knock-offs would be ill-fitting on the switches and/or that they would have inferior legends and/or an objectionable surface texture.

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Muirium
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24 Jan 2019, 02:15

No, they're really pretty good. I especially like the legends. Now I have mostly symbol mods on both my Topre boards. I say "mostly" because, inexplicably, KBDfans neglected the Realforce's Control and Alt keys, which are text! The Shift keys and Backspace are just right, so it's strange to see this mix. They also left the whole navigation sixpack (Insert through Page Down) and Print Screen through Pause in text. Matteo made such a tour de force with those in Granite, which I am still to see anyone rival. Though, to be fair to these caps, the legends are on par with Topre's own.

I haven't noticed any discrepancy in key shape—which I should, as Topre's are my favourite and my daily type—or indeed anything unpleasant to their texture. They may have a subtly different sound—I should try a mixed layout with the two kinds side by side—but there's nothing objectionable about it, with the exception of the spacebar issue I mentioned before. That's something I'll investigate before writing them up properly. For now, both my boards have Matteo spacebars.

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Hypersphere

24 Jan 2019, 15:01

Any idea who actually manufactures the Topre caps for KBDfans?

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Laser
emacs -nw

24 Jan 2019, 21:31

Hypersphere wrote:
24 Jan 2019, 15:01
Any idea who actually manufactures the Topre caps for KBDfans?
I think you can ask on the KBDFans site, either in the comments section here, or on their discord channel.

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Hypersphere

25 Jan 2019, 17:32

@Laser: Thanks for the suggestions. I will try the KBDfans site to ask about the Topre keycaps.

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Laser
emacs -nw

28 Jan 2019, 13:42

BTW, somebody's selling a HHKB set of the KBDFans Topre keycaps here (Europe): https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/com ... _keyset_w/

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Hypersphere

05 Feb 2019, 15:36

I've looked at the KBDfans Topre-switch keysets. I don't like the font.

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Muirium
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05 Feb 2019, 18:17

I like them quite a bit. Still to do my review, aren't I? The alignment isn't perfect—of the stem mount, not the legends—on two of my Shift keys, and the spacebars are too tight—so I'm still on Matteo's—but besides that no complaints. They're a refreshing change for both my Topres.

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Hypersphere

05 Feb 2019, 18:56

Muirium wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 18:17
I like them quite a bit. Still to do my review, aren't I? The alignment isn't perfect—of the stem mount, not the legends—on two of my Shift keys, and the spacebars are too tight—so I'm still on Matteo's—but besides that no complaints. They're a refreshing change for both my Topres.
The KBDfans Topre-switch keycaps with legends that I saw did not have Helvetica font. And you liked them nevertheless?

I would also insist on the same perfect fit that I enjoy with my genuine Topre keycaps. Premium boards such as a RF87U or HHKB Pro 2 deserve premium keycaps.

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Laser
emacs -nw

05 Feb 2019, 19:05

A bit snobbish, I dare say :P

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AdrianMan

05 Feb 2019, 19:07

Laser wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 19:05
A bit snobbish, I dare say :P
Isn't a deep dive in this hobby taking us all there? :))

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Hypersphere

05 Feb 2019, 19:11

Laser wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 19:05
A bit snobbish, I dare say :P
I'll take that as a compliment! Thank you! (Although I prefer the term, "elitist") ;)

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Laser
emacs -nw

05 Feb 2019, 20:53

AdrianMan wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 19:07
Laser wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 19:05
A bit snobbish, I dare say :P
Isn't a deep dive in this hobby taking us all there? :))
Heh - Actually, I hope I'll rather find, fund and develop my quirky unique taste, and not necessarily go in the direction of the most expensive, most unique and most refined typing experience ... that resembles a kind of particular hell, like only being able to dress in velvet :P

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Hypersphere

06 Feb 2019, 00:12

Yes, I must say it is rather exhausting continually striving to live up to one's impossibly high standards!

It can be refreshing to lead a Jekyll and Hyde existence, at times reverting to the primitive, visiting the tawdry slums of our keyboard collections, reveling in the decadence of backlighting and undulating RGB underglow, bringing forth whimpering crepitations of blue cherries by the fevered presses of bony hands.

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seebart
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12 Feb 2019, 18:47

Very nice Hyper! Congrats, no wonder it's "out of stock" now.

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Hypersphere

18 Feb 2019, 00:38

Recently, they have been back in stock on Amazon.

My first one is in my home office. I ordered a second one for my work office.

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