Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2017 - 12:26 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: Yoga Book, vulkan, topre, snapdragon 835, SC17, qualcomm, podcast, Optane, LG 32UD99, Lenovo, Gigabit LTE, evga, DynamIQ, arm
PC Perspective Podcast #442 - 03/23/17
Join us for Topre and CORSAIR Keyboards, ARM DynamIQ, Optane Launch, EVGA 4K gaming laptop, and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Allyn Malventano, Ken Addison
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Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
There are cars that get you from point A to point B, and then there are luxurious grand touring cars which will get you there with power, comfort, and style - for a price. Based on the cost alone ($269.99 MSRP!) it seems like a safe bet to say that the REALFORCE RGB keyboard will be a similarly premium experience. Let’s take a look!
There is as much personal taste at issue when considering a keyboard (or dream car!) as almost any other factor, and regardless of build quality or performance a keyboard is probably not going to work out for you if it doesn’t feel right. Mechanical keyboards are obviously quite popular, and more companies than ever offer their own models, many using Cherry MX key switches (or generic ‘equivalents’ - which vary in quality). Topre keys are different, as they are a capacitive key with a rubber dome and metal spring, and have a very smooth, fast feel to them - not clicky at all.
“Topre capacitive key switches are a patented hybrid between a mechanical spring based switch, a rubber dome switch, and a capacitive sensor which, combined, provide tactility, comfort, and excellent durability. The unique electrostatic design of Topre switches requires no physical mechanical coupling and therefore key switch bounce/chatter is eliminated.”
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2015 - 10:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, Cherry MX, alps, topre, model m, model f
Purchasing an expensive gaming peripheral is a bit daunting, especially when it (mostly) comes down to how it feels. In these cases, we cannot resort to benchmarks or any other form of objective score. Instead, we need to classify and describe the attributes of each type of keyboard, letting our readers narrow down their choices by saying, “if you like this, choose from these”.
A couple of days ago, PC Gamer published a breakdown of many types of switches, including a few different types of Alps-style brands. They have force curves for each featured switch, which is challenging to find outside of the Cherry MX brand (as few other companies publish their own that I know of). They also write a short paragraph for each switch to explain what type of use and user they are for, which (as I've said) is the metric that matters most.
For the Cherry MX switches, they have animations to show how they operate from the side, which will give you clues to how it operates. They have been floating around the internet for a while. KeyboardLover is claiming that “Lethal Squirrel” created them before 2011. These animations give a visual explanation for what linear, tactile, and clicky means, to help you imagine how these attributes feel.
Also, of course, we published our own article back in December. Our article includes our own Cherry MX switch animations. They're not quite as good quality as the other ones, but they include synchronized side-on and rear-on cycles. The animations were originally made for a Rosewill keyboard roundup back in early 2012.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2014 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: topre, NovaTouch TKL, mechanical keyboard, cooler master, Cherry MX
That is not a typo, the NovaTouch TKL is currently selling for $240 on Amazon, and you don't even get a numpad. However if you are a keyboard aficionado, which obviously some people are, the mix of Topre switches and Cherry MX caps may just take your fingers to typing nirvana. The latter was certainly the conclusion at The Tech Report who found the Topre Cherry MX mix to be uniquely satisfying and preferred it to the other expensive keyboards they have tried recently. If you are looking for something special to type on and don't have a tendency to drink near your computer then you should check out the review, if you are more prone to spillage you might want to give this one a miss.
CoolerMaster would like to point out that the MSRP for the NovaTouch TKL is actually $199 USD and you can occaisonally find it for a bit less. Also to be fair, The Tech Report is not kidding when they describe the $200 keyboard market as crowded ... there are a lot of $200 keyboards, just none on my desk.
"This $200 keyboard from Cooler Master features genuine Topre switches modified to fit Cherry MX key caps. Is it a good mix? We investigate."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CM Storm NovaTouch TKL Premium Keyboard Review @ Modders-Inc
- Tesoro Lobera and Gandiva @ HardwareHeaven
- Tesoro Lobera Supreme Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Gaming Vengeance K70 RGB @ Kitguru
- ROCCAT TALK FX @ Bechmark Reviews
- Roccat Tyon Mouse @ HardwareHeaven
- COUGAR 700M Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse @ Tech ARP
- Zowie FK1 @ HardwareHeaven
- Aorus Thunder M7 Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2014 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, cooler master, NovaTouch TKL, gaming keyboard, topre
Cooler Master’s NovaTouch TKL using something called Hybrid Capacitive switches, which you can see illustrated below. These Topre keys use electric capacitance changes to register a keystroke as opposed to the mechanical actuation on Cherry MX switches but retain a similar feeling thanks to the spring used to return the key to it's initial position as opposed to relying on the rubber dome. TechGage compared this keyboard favourably to the Logitech G710+ with CHERRY MX brown switches which they had used previously, a lack of clicking noises and motion that felt better to them overall garnered this keyboard a recommendation. However as the keyboard will be released at $200, you should probably try it yourself before investing in it.
"Cooler Master’s no stranger to peripherals; when mechanical switches became the hottest thing overnight, it wasted no time getting into the lab to make sure it created products people yearned for. The company’s just-released NovaTouch TKL highlights that goal, with its “Hybrid Capacitive” switch – one that really, really surprised us."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard Review @ OCC
- Corsair Gaming K70 RGB @ HardwareHeaven
- Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Modders-Inc
- ZOWIE FK1 Competitive Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Tt eSports Ventus Gaming Mouse Review @ Modders-Inc
- GAMDIAS Hades Extension Laser Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2013 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
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!)
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.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2013 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: topre, Type Heaven, input, electrostatic capacitive switches
Keyboards bring to mind data entry, review writing and possibly gaming if you have the time but not usually transcendental bliss, unless you are Topre. In that case you release a high end mechanical keyboard called the Type Heaven. The Tech Report got their hands on this keyboard, one of the least expensive models from Topre and let their fingers experience heaven. This is not a mechanical keyboard such as we have become used to, instead it is a conical spring covered with a rubber dome and when you depress the key the spring is pushed down onto an electrode which builds capacitance until a critical threshold is reached at which point the keystroke is sent and the rubber dome collapses giving a snappy ending to that keystroke. Learn more about electrostatic capacitive switches in the full review.
"Once marginalized by their extravagant pricing, Topre mechanical keyboards have now entered (somewhat) more affordable territory. How does the $150 Topre Type Heaven stack up against other mechanical keyboards based on the more popular Cherry MX switches? We investigate."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Celluon Epic Keyboard @ Legion Hardware
- Genius GX Manticore Gaming Keyboard @ Modders-Inc
- Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Gaming Keyboard for PC Review @ Madshrimps
- Zowie Celeritas Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Pro Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Topre Type Heaven Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Genius KB-G265 Gaming Keyboard Review @HiTech Legion
- GAMDIAS ZEUS GMS1100 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Tt eSPORTS THERON Infrared Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
- Roccat Kone Pure Optical Mouse @ eTeknix
- ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ OCC
- Genius Wireless Energy Mouse @ Funky Kit
- Genius All-in-One Camera Mouse @ FunkyKit
- Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Mionix Avior 8200 Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
- Gigabyte Uranium Wireless Mouse & Ghost Station @ eTeknix
- Gaming Mice Roundup 2013: Corsair, Steelseries, Gigabyte, Logitech and Razer @ Techgage
- ROCCAT Raivo Stealth Black Mousepad Review @ OCC