Video Perspective: Topre Type Heaven Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2013 - 06:20 PM |
Tagged: video, Type Heaven, topre, keyboard

I don't consider myself a keyboard guru, but I sure do go through a lot of them in my line of work.  At any of five different workstations in our office I'll be using a different keyboard.  And we tend to interchange them often enough that I would guess I have typed on as many as 15 different keyboards this year.  Some for longer periods of time than others of course, but the ones that make it to my main desk get quite a workout.

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When our friends at Seasonic told us they wanted to send along a Topre Type Heaven keyboard for us to try out, I told them to feel free; but in my head I was thinking "oh geez another keyboard."  Turns out I didn't give this brand and this keyboard enough credit out the gate.

(Note: Seasonic is the official distributor of the Topre keyboard brand in the US now and offers a 2 year warranty on the units!)

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With a price tag of $150 on Amazon.com, there are going to quite of few of you that just instantly turn off.  Understandable.  Others though will appreciate the need for a high quality input device if you do any appreciable amount of typing for work or pleasure.  Using a technology called electrostatic capacitive key switches, Topre combines benefits of Cherry and standard membrane keyboards in one package.

Check out my video above for some sound comparison as well as my thoughts on using the keyboard long term.  Not to spoil it: but I'm keeping this keyboard on my desk despite me missing the multimedia controls of my previous keyboard. 

Check below for more photos of the Topre Type Heaven keyboard!!

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December 18, 2013 | 07:54 PM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

what if you Pepsi syndrome it?

December 18, 2013 | 08:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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December 19, 2013 | 10:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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December 19, 2013 | 01:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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December 18, 2013 | 10:09 PM - Posted by engrpiman

I Own a WASD keyboard with red switches. I then replaced it with a DAS keyboard with blue switches. I find the red switches inferior to use. The blue switches are better for typing. When gaming I do like the red better.

Both the keyboards blow the membrane keyboards out of the water.

EDIT: you can't hear the keyboards in the video.

December 20, 2013 | 05:32 AM - Posted by Hi (not verified)

But... this is not a membrane keyboard...

December 20, 2013 | 08:37 AM - Posted by engrpiman

I release that but Ryan also seemed to imply that the keyboard was lacking in tactile feedback. it the bump on the blue switches (combined with the clicky sound) that making the typing experience nice. if you can't hear or feel the action clearly then whats the point.

Ryan was comparing the keyboard to Cherry Red switches and those are linear in depression. The blue switches (and brown) have a clear bump. this clear tactile bump makes typing. In all fairness one needs to try a keyboard, nothing else really matters.

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