With the recent gaming boom, HID devices such as mice and keyboards are gradually changing their presence. However, it still maintains its position as a legacy device. In particular, the keyboard has an important role as a behind-the-scenes support for practical work using a PC. Topre’s REALFORCE is a keyboard that has received high praise for its pursuit of a comfortable typing experience, and its third generation R3 keyboard has released an ivory model as a limited color variation.
REALFORCE R3 keyboard limited edition in ivory color
The other day (September 15, 2023), Topre released a limited quantity of 300 units on Amazon.REALFORCE R3 Keyboard Ivory Limited Edition” is a limited color variation of the already released R3 keyboard, and is offered in the same ivory color as the “REALFORCE 106 keyboard” released in October 2001. Limited to 300 units, the price is 38,830 yen, compared to existing products with the same specifications.R3HA223,850 yen higher than “. That’s all there is to it, but this is a brand that makes headlines for its limited edition colors.
The R3 keyboard is a high-end keyboard for general use that uses Topre’s proprietary capacitive non-contact key switch, and supports hybrid connectivity that can switch between Bluetooth wireless and USB wired. The specs are exactly the same as the existing model. It is a full-sized Japanese layout with a numeric keypad, and the key weight is variable weight (30g, 45g, 55g key weight switches are arranged according to the pressing force of each finger, optimized by REALFORCE).
The keystroke feel can only be described as exquisite. This is what I mean by words, or rather, words that cannot be expressed in words.
Personally, I purchased the first generation model “MODEL SA0100” from 2001 in 2002. It still had a standard Japanese 106 key layout without Windows keys or application keys, and the connection interface was PS/2. This is still carefully stored. Six years later, in 2007, a 109-key version with a USB connection and a Windows key was released, so I bought a new one, and the one I’m currently using on my desk is the 109-key version of MODEL SA0100. is.
The first generation keyboard that has been overhauled
The SA0100 that I currently use has a load of 45g for all keys, but the first generation REALFORCE has a variable load of 30g, 45g, and 55g for each key. My first experience with REALFORCE was with a variable weight, which lasted for 6 years, and then I switched to SA0100, which has a 109 key layout, for 16 years, making my experience with REALFORCE 21 years.
As a result, you should have gotten used to typing keys with a constant load of 45g, but when you actually hit the keys on the variable load ivory model just now, you’ll realize that you’re really impressed by this, just like that one from 22 years ago. The feeling returns to my fingers.
The keyboard I’ve been using for 16 years is actually comfortable to type on without any problems, but since I plan on using it a lot more, I asked Topre’s customer center for an overhaul last year (2022). I tried it.Repair counterPlease report the problem as follows:
[Details of the problem]This is an old product, but REALFORCE with this keyboard layout is easy to use and I would like to continue using it for a while longer. Could you please give me an overhaul?
I filled it out and applied. I immediately received an email requesting a repair, and following the instructions, I shipped it using the packaging materials I had on hand. It looks like you can use an alternative device. You will receive an email confirmation of arrival and, after inspection, a written estimate. The price written on the estimate was 3,300 yen, which included return shipping. In fact, the cost of replacement parts is zero. In other words, it turns out that after 16 years of use, there is no need to replace any parts of the keyboard.
As a matter of investigation and confirmation,
- Confirm that there is no abnormality on the board
It was stated. It seems that I can cancel the repair at this point, but I decided to proceed with the repair as a token of my gratitude for the 16 years of trouble-free service. I don’t know what kind of treatment was taken in the end, but since I received an email confirming that there was no abnormality with the board, I expected that the inside had been cleaned after opening the inside. .
Approximately 20 days after I requested the repair, my favorite keyboard was returned to me, beautifully cleaned. It’s been over a year since then, but I’ve been using it without any problems, and I think it’ll be fine for the time being. I take my hat off to its durability. To be honest, I don’t see any difference at all before and after the repair… When you think about the number of strokes you’ve hit on this keyboard so far, and the number of strokes you’ll hit in the future, it’s incredible.
Showa office machine color ivory that does not get in the way even if it gets in the eye
When I compare my favorite keyboard with the ivory version that was released this time, the keyboard I have is closer to the ivory color. It has the color of a so-called Showa era office machine. I liked that. I liked the lack of assertiveness. The top of the desk I’m using is ivory, and when I put it on there, the keyboard blends into the desk and doesn’t make a statement. It does not get in the way even if it gets into your line of sight when you are typing. Black colors have more presence.
The ivory version that was released for a limited time this time does not have that much of a presence. However, considering the dazzling white of the current model, R3HA22, it is much quieter. I’m only concerned about the difference in color because I’m comparing them.
It’s really difficult to consider the color based only on the information on the web before making a purchase. In fact, on Topre’s official website, the current model “R3HA22” and this time “R3HA52If you compare the photos, it certainly looks ivory, but the actual product is a little more whitish. Also, I have the current model from the initial batch, but in the photo on the product page, it looks like a gentle off-white color. From the displayed photo, you can’t imagine it being dazzlingly white. Maybe the colors in the current batch are a little more subdued, or maybe there are a lot of people who like the glare.
By the way, in the first photo, the top one is the first 109-key layout product that I have been using for 16 years since 2007, and the bottom one is the R3 Ivory, which was released for a limited time. These two keyboards were placed side by side on the ivory colored desk that I have been using for almost 40 years.
Although it is a limited sale with only a change in color, the R3 generation’s key layout is similar to the first generation, and more than 15 years have passed since the previous model, and we will provide as much information as possible to users who are thinking of replacing it. I guess they are trying to provide something close to the image they had at the time. I’m very happy to see this kind of consideration, and it shows that they care about their long-time REALFORCE fans.
REALFORCE is the only one that makes news when a special color is released for a limited time, and the color is not a sunny or unique color like red or blue, but an ordinary ivory.Even now, I can feel the greatness of this series . If possible, I would like it to become a standard along with the wired version. The key layout has been settled into a modern style that can be tolerated by the R3 series. It’s the users’ logic that they don’t want famous machines to change, but the manufacturers think that something has to be changed and are trying to be creative. At that point of contact, the masterpieces of a new era will probably arrive.