Completely satisfied Hacking Keyboard (HKKB) has made a reputation for itself amongst keyboard fans since launching in 1996. Right now, the model is synonymous with arrow-less 60 p.c designs, the usage of luxurious Topre switches, and premium value tags. Its 25-year anniversary keyboard isn’t any completely different.
The HHKB format drops the numpad and navigation keys, together with, boldly, the arrows. It targets programmers, engineers, and writers with its symmetrical, shrunken type issue that is alleged to make it simpler to your fingers to succeed in the keys.
HHKB is celebrating its twenty fifth birthday with a brand new model of the HHKB Professional Hybrid Type-S Bluetooth keyboard. The brand new version is dubbed Snow for its all-white ABS plastic chassis and stark-white PBT keycaps. This differs from the unique fashions that are available in “Charcoal” (with or with out legends) or “White,” which is basically extra of an off-white, with retro-looking grey keycaps to match. The keycaps on the Snow model are stamped with black legends through dye sublimation, so that they’re everlasting.
That is excellent news, since you’ll want these legends to be seen as a way to spot the factor that actually makes this keyboard celebratory. The best Fn key’s stamped with the quantity 25, together with the suffix “th” on the underside, within the spot the place some keys have a secondary perform printed. The HHKB brand can be on the cap, including a small splash of coloration.
All thought-about, it is a small twist on the keyboard. There’s not quite a lot of flash right here to rejoice the keyboard maker’s silver jubilee. But it surely additionally means the keyboard does not come at an outrageous premium—in comparison with different Hybrid Kind-S keyboards, that’s. That is nonetheless an HHKB keyboard with Topre switches, in any case.
The commemorative programmable keyboard is currently $350, in comparison with the opposite colorways’ $337. Though, a crossed-out MSRP listed on the web retailer of Fujitsu, a distributor of HHKB that introduced the keyboard, suggests it might finally have a $400 MSRP. We have reached out to Fujitsu about pricing and can replace this story if we hear again.
Like the opposite Hybrid Kind-S keyboards, the twenty fifth anniversary possibility makes use of Topre electrostatic capacitive switches, identified amongst fans for his or her exemplary tactile really feel and excessive value. The switches listed below are alleged to be quiet and require 45 g of drive to actuate.
The wi-fi keyboard has 4 Bluetooth profiles, so you may wirelessly pair it with 4 macOS, Home windows, iOS, and Android units as a substitute of utilizing the USB-C to USB-A cable. We’re seeing a gradual enhance of wi-fi keyboards with three Bluetooth profiles, just like the not too long ago reviewed Razer Pro Type Ultra, however 4 profiles is rarer.
It is unclear for the way lengthy the HHKB Skilled Hybrid Kind-S Snow will probably be obtainable, however Fujitsu’s announcement referred to as it a “limited-quantity” run.