|Item model number||CG01000-291401|
|Operating System||Windows, Mac|
|Item Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.8 x 5.8 x 2.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||12.8 x 5.8 x 2.2 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||July 16, 2009|
Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 (Compact, Charcoal, Printed Keycaps, 45G)
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- Topre capacitive switches provide best-in-class precision and efficiency, requiring only a gentle press to register a keystroke
- Compact, near-symmetrical design condenses a standard keyboard to only 60 keys. Use key combos for a faster typing experience
- Contoured frame and keys allow for smooth movement across keys, reducing hand and finger fatigue.
- Keys are made with top grade PBT, and printed using dye sublimation so legends will never wear off
- Dip switches allow users to assign different functions to keys.
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DIP switches are located on the back of the keyboard and allow users to assign different functions to keys.
Made by Programmers for Programmers
The Happy Hacking Keyboard offers an ultra-minimalist design and a near-symmetrical layout, condensing a standard 101 key keyboard into only 60 keys.
The Happy Hacking Keyboard uses the Topre electrostatic capacitive switch, which eliminates key chatter and provides maximum tactility, extra comfort, keystroke precision, and the famous Topre ‘Thock’ sound
- Compact, near-symmetrical design condenses a standard keyboard to only 60 keys
- Contoured frame and keys allow for smooth movement across keys, reducing hand and finger fatigue
- Keys are made using premium PBT, and are printed with dye-sublimated legends that will never fade
What is a Topre switch?
The Topre switch is a hybrid between a mechanical spring based switch, a rubber dome switch, and a capacitive sensor. Keypresses are sensed electrically without any physical circuit closure, which helps eliminate key bounce.
When a key is pressed, it connects with the capacitor pads and changes the capacitance at that specific point, which the keyboard identifies and registers as the exact keystroke. Keyboards with the Topre switch require only a gentle push to register a keystroke and offer satisfying 'bouncy' feel.
The contoured frame and keys allow for smooth movement across keys, reducing hand and finger fatigue.
Compact, near-symmetrical design condenses a standard 101 key keyboard to only 60 keys. Use key combos for a faster typing experience, so you never have to leave the home row.
Keys made of PBT
Keys are made from top grade PBT for a silky matte finish. The letters on the keys are printed with with dye-sublimated legends that prevent fading.
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||UJC Mart Japan||YOROZUYA JAPAN (Japan goods select shop)||japan-move||JWisteria|
|Are batteries included?||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Are batteries required?||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Color||Charcoal||Cherry MX Brown||—||White||White|
|Item Dimensions||12.80 x 5.80 x 2.20 inches||14.06 x 5.39 x 1.46 inches||—||—||12.83 x 5.91 x 2.13 inches|
|Item Weight||1.60 lbs||2.16 lbs||1.19 lbs||1.19 lbs||1.72 lbs|
"The HHKB was designed by programmers for programmers, to ensure speed, accuracy, and reliability. The HHKB is a specialized premium mechanical keyboard designed with high-end users in mind. Its attractive, space saving, and minimalist style creates a unique user experience, while the silky smooth key press and the intelligently designed layout ensures speed, efficiency and comfort. The HHKB features best-in-class Topre electrostatic capacitive key switches that provide an unrivaled keying experience. This keyboard is perfect for Unix and Linux programmers!
Fujitsu Computer Products of America (FCPA) is the sole authorized seller in the United States. Keyboards purchased through FCPA include a 2-year Advanced Exchange warranty, U.S. based customer support and U.S. certifications. Please note that FCPA’s 2-year Advanced Exchange warranty is valid for products shipped to US addresses only."
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I have loaned the keyboard out to a few of my coworkers for a week or two at a time and without fail, my coworkers curse my name and then plonk down 250 bucks for one of these keyboards... they feel that good.
At this point, I don't think I could switch to any other keyboard. If you program for a living, 250 dollars is well worth it (consider how many hours you spend on the keyboard).
First off, let's expand on what makes this tiny little keyboard so expensive. It all comes down to the switches. The switches on the HHKB Pro 2 are not your typical mechanical keyboard fair, they are not a Cherry MX style of a compartmentalized switch hitting a contact, instead Topre switches, which are what this keyboard uses, are an electro capacitive switch. The way they function for those who are interested is that on each switch, sits a light small spring which is housed inside a rubber dome. There is a slider that the keys are perched upon, and every time you press the key, the rubber dome compresses, and the spring changes it capacitive charge and register a key stroke. Meaning you can actually send a key press without ever making direct contact with the PCB. This sends a signal to the controller which then translates to your PC obviously printing a letter. Some unique advantages of the Topre switch are inherent NKRO, or N-Key Rollover (However, as of this moment - the HHKB Pro 2 is 6KRO over USB). A keyboard with N-key rollover can register as many keys as you can press at once without "dropping" any characters, this may seem like a small feature - but in reality it means that under any circumstances where many keys may have to be pressed - you never have to worry about "maxing" out the keyboard.
Which brings me now to the key caps themselves. If you have ever used PBT keycaps before - then you know how fantastic they are to type on. I can't be sure but it seems for some reason PFU made the conscious decision to make the spacebar ABS. Which seems odd to me, but - it is what it is.
The typing experience is rather unique, requiring you adjust some of the things that you have learned about standard QWERTY layout - but if you are into efficiency in your typing - it is a layout you can quickly become accommodated to without much effort.
Clearly, the most important aspect of any keyboard is how it types, and the HHKB Pro 2 comes out swinging due to it's Topre switch design, and fast and efficient layout. Where it's a swing and a miss on some fronts are rather obvious however. There are not much in the way of rubber stabilizing feet; while the keyboard itself hasn't gone scooting off the desk in moments of fast and violent typing - I feel like it would make it's position on your desk feel far more secure if it did.
The other major miss I think is in the design of the USB hub on the back. I would say other than a mouse - it's not good for much. It only delivers a minuscule amount of current (something like 100mV) through the ports, leaving it to not have much use other than for a mouse, and not even all mice - as some mice have started to use more of that current for more advanced sensors. Kind of a shame, as most USB thumb drives will not have enough current to draw to be used on the keyboard itself, and forget charging your phone - there simply is not enough juice. But you're not getting this keyboard for it's feature set persay - you're getting it for it's compact, efficient design and it's case mounted topre switches. The fact is - this is a keyboard for people who like keyboards. There's no gimmickry, no RGB lightning, or backlighting period. This is a keyboard for people who type - and type a lot.
If you need a more standard layout for your keyboards - I recommend a LEOPOLD FC660 or a Topre Realforce, but if you want a keyboard that is extremely utilitarian in nature, easy to move and take with you, and gives one of the most satisfying typing experiences you can get - the HHKB Pro 2 lives up to the type - er I mean the hype.
Is it the perfect keyboard? No - no it is not, but it was never designed to be a keyboard for everyman's use. If you're someone who spends a lot of time in terminal, in Visual Studio, or in any development environment, or just spend a lot of time typing - you'll appreciate what the keyboard has to offer.
More so than the other boards I have. There's just the right amount of tactility to make typing feel like something you accomplished, and I thought I was more into linear switches like with Gateron and Cherry MX Reds. Every keystroke feels like there's nice gentle bump underneath. And it's even better when you lube the stems and sliders on this thing. Then it becomes a lot quieter and smoother while still retaining that tactility. I was honestly skeptical, and it took me a little while to get used to the layout and build up enough strength in my fingers, so they don't get tired when I'm typing on this board, but I've gotten so used to it in just a week, that I can't imagine typing on anything else. Yes, this one has rubber domes, but you don't have to bottom these out to generate a keystroke on the screen. It also does feel like a true tactile bump, and far better than what you'd find on a typical Cherry MX brown mechanical keyboard for example.
Topre switches are worth it if you have the money, and the time to also lubricate your board when you get it. When you get it, some of the keys are going to feel somewhat scratchy, and it will feel a bit hard on your fingers, but you have to give it some time and let the keyboard break in so to speak. In the future, I want to buy a second one of these, but white and probably get it when I get into a new office and move to a new apartment in the next month. Call me a Topre fan for life. This is a fantastic keyboard, and I don't regret paying the price for it. I got it for half price because of a gift card Amazon gave me, so I was able to get this beauty for far less than I could have ended up paying. Once my left hand completely heals, I'll be enjoying typing on this keyboard even more all the time. I can't get enough of it! It's an excellent keyboard for writing, as well as any coding work you might do. That's why it has the Unix programmer layout. I can certainly see why so many programmers swear by it now.
My other favorite part about this keyboard is how small it is. I can easily fit it on my smaller desk or take it anywhere I go too so I'll always have a great keyboard like this to type on without having to rely on those crappy MacBook Air keys or cheap rubber domes to get the job done. I've tried many different keyboards throughout the year (ergonomic boards like the one from Microsoft, Corsair Strafe, Havit low-profile, tenkeyless Magicforce and the full sized version, Logitech K740 with scissor switches, Niz Plum as mentioned previously), and I have to say this one is quickly becoming one of my top favorites unexpectedly, providing that "oneness with cup rubber" I've been missing in my life. :)
Update: I recently was able to finally lube the board and the stabilizers with some nice grease I found, and holy crap, it really turned the board into something else. Completely out of this world typing experience. Every electrostatic capacitive switch has been rewarding to type on, but honestly, I don't think I liked stock Topre on HHKB as much as I did with Realforce boards (where right out of the box, they feel super smooth and quiet whether you go with variable weight, 45g, or 55g and break them in) and it felt a bit heavier, scratchier, and aggressive for my fingers, not to mention much louder in stock form, so that's what fueled my decision to do this and it was one of the best choices I made.
It makes the board sound a lot quieter and makes it super nice and light to type on now. It actually now feels like a 45g board and makes the most pleasant raindrop thock sound when I type on it. You don't have to buy a Type-S when you can just open up a regular HHKB and lube it. I promise you it will be one of the best things you could do if you own an HHKB or a Leopold board for that matter. :D
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It's so hard to use compared to a full sized keyboard and the key labels are almost unreadable.
My last keyboard had blank keecaps and I can touch type, and I never found it that hard to use, but the hard thing with this is document navigation. Everything is done using the function key.
After about a year I'm almost as productive on it as a regular keyboard, but I still curse it under my breath when I need to do a print screen.
However, I bought it specifically because I wanted a hard but beautifully keyboard to use and I got what I wanted.
It looks SO cool and it feels amazing. Topre keys beat every Cherry key I've ever tried. And it's just so tiny.
Now I've finally got used to it I absolutely love it and I might have found my forever keyboard. True love isn't meant to be easy right?
If you want to slowly fall in love and develop your typing dexterity then it's worth every penny.
If you just want to get some work done avoid it like the plague.
La tastiera è costruita bene, i tasti sono solidi e gli switch meccanici sono davvero belli, anche se io preferisco gli MX.
L'ho restituita dopo una settimana, Probabilmente il processo di apprendimento del layout nuovo è stato troppo lento (mio limite)
On the bright side, the white version with blank key caps looks excellent and some of the keys (especially the spacebar) indeed have this famous Topre "thock" sound.
I will be keeping the board because it is not horrible and because I don't want to bother with returning it, but I probably would not buy it again.