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Topre Realforce 104UG Keyboard With Thinksound

Topre Realforce 104UG Keyboard With Thinksound

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Topre keys are fabulous to type all-day on, business or personal. Having used top mech keyboards from Corsair, DAS and others; the Topre Realforce keys just feel effortless. This particular model in picture is the 104U-S. Deluxe feel and nearly noise-free.

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This is a magnificent keyboard. I bought one independently. For a Mac user there is one problem which is that if you wake a connected Mac with it the keyboard then goes dead until it is unplugged and plugged. If you wake it with a mouse the keyboard is fine.
Moving from a mechanical there really isn't a comparison. It's a very different experience with different feel and sound. The high spherical keycaps are exactly what I like (using SA profile on Cherrys, normally) so it wasn't hard to adjust and that's the reason this is my easy choice among boards with Topre switches.
Of all the keyboards I own this feels like the most high quality, a very solid and heavy product. I think it is worth the money, but if it is for you or not I don't know - I would have liked to be able to try before buying but happy I took the risk.
As for this deal, hmm. Free headphones to compensate for long shipping delays...
How does this keyboard compare to the Realforce RGB?
Topre, check. Hi-Pro, check. Grey theme, check. US-ANSI layout, check.
WHY THE FUDGE IS IT AT 45GRAMS?!
*flips table*
Can anyone tell me why Realforce products are expensive? Thank you.
KITTY
Made in Japan - Super high quality control.
I wish RealForce would make some more interesting small designs like the Plum/NiZ boards.
I have a Plum nano75 45g RGB and it's astoundingly awesome.
Would love to have the even higher quality builds of RealForce in some more modern and smaller layouts, including wireless (which is awesome). Typing wirelessly on my iPad with a Topre clone is out of this world awesome.
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The hhkb, unlike the realforces and leopolds, lacks a steel backplate. This makes it feel flimsy/toylike to some people.
Check out the realforce 87u.
On a scale from one to budget how budget are those earphones?
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So does that mean they are expensive but worth it? (on a scale of one to budget)
dvorcol
I'd put a real value of ~~30$ on the ts02
the 104UG is about 279 and the earphones about 35 elsewhere. FYI
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Thanks, you saved me some money
Sweet deal. Looks like the price shot up now. I am interested in the realforce silenced boards. But I don't like full size.
what does this earphone has to do with topre keyboard....?
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If it's a no brainer, did you buy one? lol No one seems to be interested in this crappy bundle.
fx35s
I already own one. If I didn't this would be a no-brainer. You literally can't buy this keyboard cheaper, and you get free earbuds.
It's already 8% sold out. They only sell these in small batches.
Would there be any issues in transferring those HiPro caps onto an FC660C?
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But the HiPro housings can be transplanted, right?
DogeAmaze
I just want to make sure people know it's not as easy as swapping MX OEM profile to SA.
@livingspeedbump has a writeup on moving them to a realforce 87U, some of the keys needed to be rotate due to the way the keyboard deals with under key LED placement, not sure if the FC660C has the same design.
Also looks like he left the housings alone, not sure what effect the short standard housing has on Hi-Pro cap stability. Maybe it's ok because the plunger is still the same height (or at least similar).
https://www.massdrop.com/talk/75/making-a-realforce-87-u-compatible-with-hi-pro-caps https://www.keychatter.com/2016/01/29/how-to-making-a-hipro-compatible-tkl-87u/ https://deskthority.net/workshop-f7/making-a-realforce-87u-fully-compatible-with-hipro-caps-t13594.html
Can't we just have the RF 104UG alone? pfft
fx35s
You actually can't, no.
Why is this so popular with gay people?
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Do you like pu$$y as much as I do?
Soko
Better taste?
Massdrop needs to find a new troll supplier. The current batch just isn't up to the quality I've come to expect from MD.
All I want is a 104UB 55g silent; you can pack some crappy headphones, diapers, chewing gum, or whatever you want to make it happen.
I'm more than a little frustrated with EliteKeyboards stifling options in North America. How a company that is always out of stock can maintain exclusivity is beyond me.
@slyker -- Does this model exist? Do you know the model number?
brianjking
It doesn't exist per say. There haven't been any 104 55g silent boards from what I know, but 104 55g does exist.
In South Korea: XF01K0 (white) / XF11K0 (black) 104 55g.
Can we please get this in?
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 10/24.
Expect another update from us on 10/25 or sooner if something comes up.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Topre Realforce 104UG Keyboard With Thinksound and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 10/24.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 10/17.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
PeterK
Actually, I suspect (and hope!) they're working at their normal pace to prepare this for shipment. First, I hope an order of 5 keyboards doesn't stress their supply chain. Second, I don't want to be responsible for any injuries or stress-induced heart attacks. Third, I would like them to assemble these with the normal quality and care they would apply to anyone's order and not make mistakes because they're rushed.
But thanks for letting us know.
Still waiting for the day that MD pairs this keyboard with a Magic: The Gathering booster pack.
zsk5
Yogurt. I'm holding out for the RF + yogurt bundle.
what happened to the bazzar?
Bundle crap earbuds with awesome keyboard. "How to clear inventory by massdrop"
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I'm glad you like them; it bodes well that they might not be a total waste. How will they hold up to my Etymotics ER-4S's? Or my Denon AH-D5000's?
fredralphfred
The best way to describe them is that they're the best normal headphones I've ever used. As audiophile headphones, there are better options for their price, but the ethical sourcing of Thinksound also plays into that. If you're gonna buy a Topre keyboard, you might as well get this one and enjoy the nice earbuds that come with.
I don't understand why people are complaining about the bundle here when the price is the same for just the Realforce on EliteKeyboards. You're essentially getting free headphones.
MochaLizard
In addition, you got to stash up more earphones as they don't tend to last for long. So it's better hoarding them than complaining and whining here.
I have been wanting a HiPro for a long time now but i really want it in 55g domes. Too bad thats not possible without a ton of customization and alteration.
Is this SA PBT keycaps? That makes it interesting... a shame that it's coming with a headphone I have 0 use for.
DavidJCoulton
The profile is not quite the same as SA caps, which are only made by Signature Plastics. These are very tall, have a very deep dish contour, and are very sculpted.
Also, this isn't just a Realforce 104 with a different set of key caps. The switch housings are also different in order to accommodate the special caps. It's a very unique keyboard in the Realforce product lineup.
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Tom.B.Raider
Thanks for letting me know! I joined this 'drop' because what I really want (in addition to trying a Topre keyboard) are keys like the old IBM Selectrics had. I'm hoping this will remind me of them.
Why not pair with a paper clip then?
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What an odd pairing, why is that?
I would've preferred pairing it with a fountain pen.
The earbuds, that is.
Clicked the link for the keyboard, then saw it was a pairing too. Wished it was for just the keyboard...
Zilone
They aren't allowed to sell just topre boards in the us (I think), do that's why whenever your see topre boards they're paired with something
nicepear
I see, I've learned something new :)
This is an odd pairing of items.
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Pretty sure they've already sold another Topre Realforce keyboard not that long ago.
Cyphre
You're talking about when they sold them...with three spacebars. The addition of the spacebars is what made it OK.
Man, will there be any other drops for this one? Just for the 104UG though, I don't want the bundled package..
fx35s
I would assume the issue is that Topre is tightly controlling their pricing, so to entice people to buy the keyboard and actually provide a deal Massdrop bundles Topre keyboards with extras.
livingspeedbump
@livingspeedbump I see. I noticed after I posted my comment above that there WAS once a massdrop deal for the keyboard itself, but that was back in 2014 lol.. I guess I'll have to purchase 104UG via EliteKeyboards.. this is going to be first time trying Topre keyboards but I already fell in love with 104UG (high-profile keys). I wish I had money to buy the one that's current.. 104 (silent) with PBT spacebar.