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Topre Realforce 103UB 55gThe Topre Realforce 103UB 55g keyboard is a simple mechanical keyboard with unique, quiet switches underneath the keys that minimize the familiar clacking sound of other mechanical keyboards. Passionate, well-off typists interested in accommodating their...
Hi, I'm Justine Yu, associate Editor for cnet.com with a first look at the Topre Realforce 103UB 55g keyboard is. You're probably wondering how this can cost $250, but the selling point lies underneath the keys, whereas most mechanical keyboards used Cherry branded key switches that make that extra loud clicking sound similar to the first model IBM keyboard. Topre designed their own sensors that maintain the classic key designs, but without the noise, which makes it ideal for quality work environments. The design of this keyboard is deceiving because it's just looks like a normal keyboard, but in reality, it weighs more then 3 pounds and just feels tougher than what you'd normally feel with the bundled computer keyboard. Another feature we like about the Real Force is the key-cup shapes that vary by rows on the board. Those combinate the ideal typing angle for your hands and typing on the Realforce is completely different than anything we felt in a mechanical keyboard before. The resistance you feel from typing on a keyboard comes from rubber domes underneath each key that extend the actuation point, so it feels less springy than Cherry branded switches. We did need some time to adjust after testing other mechanical keyboards, but after a week of using it, we were able to type quicker and with slightly better accuracy with the Realforce. On the other hand, this keyboard does not include any of the extras like a USB port or media control buttons that we typically see on luxury keyboards. If you've already tried other mechanical keyboards, you'll definitely wanna check out the Topre. But if you're just curious to see how a mechanical key feels, we suggest spending a hundred dollars on the 128 Rosewill RK-9000 keyboard instead. You can check out all the details and the full review on cnet.com. But that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. This is the Topre Realforce 103UB 55g keyboard, and that feels pretty good to me.