At least I didn't need to purchase any additional keyboardsMuirium wrote:Oh Trev, you just couldn't help opening back up Pandora's box! (When will people ever remember to leave her well alone?)
I haven't had them disassembled. The silenced Realforce switches feel smoother than the Type-S switches. Side-by-side, the HHKB seems like it should be faster to type on. It's somewhat more abrupt and snappy.Jmneuv wrote:I've seen some pics of differences between the sliders and housings (beyond the foam rings) of normal and silenced RFs which did seem to go towards reducing wobble, rattle, etc.
Did you notice any of that, Trev?
Another factor to consider is the possibility is that they use different plastics. On the HHKB, the entire case is ABS (including the plunger housings). The Realforce switch housings are constructed differently. Perhaps they're not ABS, or have better/smoother finishing if they are.
I've tried applying a very small amount of teflon lube to outside/bottom of a HHKB plunger, this made it feel similar to the RF. You can even hear a difference, it becomes slightly less scratchy.
As it stands now, it seems like my ideal keyboard would be a 60% format Realforce silent model. Until that happens, I'm happy to compromise and allow it to take up some mousing space. It would be nice to "fix" the windows bubble keys. How come Topre doesn't have a blank black key set for Realforce?
I really hope the Leopold model is built like an RF. It'll be interesting to hear the first reviews, especially since it has the ribbon cable connector to the controller. Hardware programmable!