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They also make a black HHKB2-S, dude.
 
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They also make a black HHKB2-S, dude.

That's not a type S tongue.gif. Notice it being $140 cheaper.
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Oh.

I see.
 
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While I love my X8 and it was well worth the $150, how on earth is that keyboard worth $450? lol. What is the advantage to that over any other mech?
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While I love my X8 and it was well worth the $150, how on earth is that keyboard worth $450? lol. What is the advantage to that over any other mech?

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Topre capacitive key switches are a patented hybrid between a mechanical spring based switch, a rubber dome switch, and a capacitive sensor that combined provide tactility, comfort, and excellent durability. The unique electrostatic design of Topre switches requires no physical mechanical coupling and therefore, theoretically, key switch bounce/chatter are eliminated.

I vastly prefer the keys over any other mech board and think they're worth the price. Not sure if the type S is really worth 50% more then the already fairly high price, but if I wanted a quieter board I would probably get one.

Also if you just get a plain 87u instead of a HHKB, the type S is about the same price as base on EK: http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se170s
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I vastly prefer the keys over any other mech board and think they're worth the price. Not sure if the type S is really worth 50% more then the already fairly high price, but if I wanted a quieter board I would probably get one.
Also if you just get a plain 87u instead of a HHKB, the type S is about the same price as base on EK: http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se170s
Yes, this is the main reason - I also vastly prefer Topre keys over other keyboards.

As for why it's worth so much money? It probably isn't, unless you really want the best, or "need" one.

I have been experiencing pain related to computer use over the years, and it had reached the point where I needed to do something more about it. (already bought a better chair, adjusted desk & monitor height correctly etc.) I could have bought a tenkeyless REɅLFORCE, but I decided that I wanted to go all out and ditch the arrow keys as well, so that my keyboard was able to sit directly in front of me, rather than either being pushed off to one side, or pushing the mouse out of the way. I do more than just typing, so a split keyboard like the µTron didn't really meet my needs.

I find Topre keys to be the least fatiguing to type on, and within a week, a lot of the lingering pain in my fingers had disappeared.
I wanted a blank keyboard so that I could easily switch to an alternate layout from QWERTY, to minimize the work load on my fingers. (and to force me to touch-type properly) The HHKB layout itself is designed to minimize finger travel as it is.
I needed the keyboard to be as quiet as possible, and had heard reports that the keys on the Type-S were even softer on your fingers than the regular HHKB.

Ultimately this is a purchase which I am expecting to last me ten years or more, and when you cost it out that way, it isn't too expensive compared to spending less on a keyboard I would be replacing in five years or less.


Be warned, that 87u has variable weighted keys, which is fine for typing but not ideal for gaming. I think the only other uniformly weighted silenced Topre board available right now is the 10th Anniversary model, which is 30g uniform rather than 55g, and I don't think that version is available in ANSI/ISO.
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While I love my X8 and it was well worth the $150, how on earth is that keyboard worth $450? lol. What is the advantage to that over any other mech?

What it is worth is subjective to each person, not everyone has the same view as you. Some people pay $200-300 for a keycap.
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Random question, but anyone know a way to use these kanji keys near the spacebar as a key I can assign in games or something? Would be kind of neat to have the extra key.

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Random question, but anyone know a way to use these kanji keys near the spacebar as a key I can assign in games or something? Would be kind of neat to have the extra key.
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I believe you can use autohotkey. If that doesn't help, head over to geekhack.org and they'll most definitely know.
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Heading over to Geekhack.org might be difficult right now......

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