Well, well! That's high freaking praise indeed! I will definitely have to try a keyboard with the Cherry keyswitches in it! The Filco Majestouch keyboards also have those keyswitches in them, as I recall.
At this point, I'm thinking I'll just have to make a review thread with my keyboards in it: AEKII, IBM Model M, Realforce, and a Cherry based board, and do a type-off sort of thing.
Problem is, I need to live with something for a while before I am willing to do a review on it. Cause first impressions are only that and can change radically. And that seems to be happening to me right now with this Realforce keyboard. I'm starting to see why people like these so much--I figure it will take me a while to adapt to the feel of this keyboard after being used to the Model M.
How does the action of the Cherry MX brown or blue compare to the AEKII? Clicky-er? Harder? Softer? More throw? Less throw?
Aiight, I have to say that my first impression of this Topre keyboard is rapidly doing a 180. I'm really starting to like it. The action is VERY light compared to what I have been used to, but as I acclimate to it, I find I can type very fast and that the experience is very enjoyable. The action is very precise and reponsive, despite how light it is. It has a "solid" feel even as it is a light feel. Very strange. I also have to say that this keyboard is VERY well made.
This one looks absolutely amazing but it is still Proof of Concept. The developers have no idea when to offer for almost 3 years now.
Price should be around 1200 Dollar
sorry to get back here so late,
and for the wrong assumption for MX switches.
i haven't been doing the keyboard thing for that long, especially compared to many others on geekhack.
yes, brown is very close to topre... but those are the only two i have even used! cherry blue is the only major one i'm missing (but that's on order) (ignoring black, which i dont think i really want), but none of the other ones are here with me, so i get to use them all at once in february.
Yeah, thanks. Sort of an exec summary. I have been on (and posted) the forums over at geekhack. My perfect scenario would be to find someone that could directly compare my nmb to some modern board.
Scratch that.... perfect would be to find an nmb board new, with ps/2 or usb plug.
I will miss the nmb key switches and layout. It's got an odd layout, with a backward L enter key and some weirdness with backspace and backslash.
Will order soon.
Thanks js for the great summary and links. I just ordered one of the Filco 104 key Majestouch (Brown switch). I currently type with a Key Tronic "Lifetime Series" 104-key, and I find the keys take too much force to actuate, and the keys are fairly noisy as well, so I am hoping the Filco will be a good improvement