So I got to try out a Topre board today, thanks to Megarat
Megarat was in town (thats NYC) in order to participate in a certain *major* athletic event taking place in the city this weekend which is going to be nationally televised...
So I had mentioned somewhere that I was wondering what Topres feel like since everyone raves about them in these forums. Out of the blue and out of the kindness of his heart, showing a true geekhacky spirit no doubt, Megarat offered to bring his HHKB for me to try out. Isnt that really decent of him?
So we met at (one of the many) starbucks' near Columbus Circle and I finally got to see what the famous Topre switch is like.
Topres: Okay, I see what the big deal is about this switch.
Though it will be a long while before I can afford one, maybe once I'm out of school and have a job
Basically the Topre switch is...
-very very very smooth, friction-free
-linear (and fairly light) resistance.
-unique "soft landing". Even if you bottom out, the feel is somewhat "soft". NOT mushy, but also not "clacky". Its different. Nice.
-NO wobble in the keys; tight keys.
The net result is CRISP and quiet and "precise". Very high quality construction, smooth and velvety/crisp feel (if that makes any sense. Its smooth on every part of the keystroke but never mushy, always precise and crisp and tight).
Sure, I could see why it gets rave reviews.
Couple of other thoughts:
-its NOT "tactile" in the "ordinary" sense. Ie, there isnt really a bump, click, or much friction, or even much bottoming-out-clack. At best there is only the mellow thunk when you bottom.
-Therefore I thought the "closest equivalent" was black cherries (which are also smooth, quiet, and linear). HOwever this is an approximation only; the topres are indeed more smooth, and more quiet. Also their resistance is lighter than black cherries. Also the black cherries seem to me to have a slightly deeper downstroke than the topres.
Anyway, so I can understand the rave reviews. The topre "capacitance" keyswitch is definitely unique and very appealing. That said, as a poor student I'll have to live with the black cherries on the SMK for now.
But it was great to experience the Topres in person, and I have Megarat to thank for that