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Offline bhchiang

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How do silenced Topres work?
« on: Thu, 09 September 2021, 23:35:28 »
I'm new to the community. I recently bought my first Topre board (Realforce R2 PFU Limited), which is silenced (I also tried the regular, non-silenced R2 with variable weighting).

I'm curious about how the silencing mechanism works - what is physically different about the switches that results in the silencing?

Any links / thoughts would be appreciated.

One link I saw: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?t=16610.

Offline Tactile

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Re: How do silenced Topres work?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 10 September 2021, 00:26:20 »
There's a ring of soft material added to the slider so that on the upstroke this softer material makes contact instead of a hard plastic-to-plastic impact. In this illustration this softer material is shown in green.
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Offline didjamatic

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Re: How do silenced Topres work?
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 10 September 2021, 11:20:04 »
Quietly. :)
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Offline sublyme

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Re: How do silenced Topres work?
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 14 September 2021, 20:30:18 »
While the silencing rings make it nicer to type on its not really what I would call silenced. Not close to anything like what you would get with mx slient blacks.

Offline Riverman

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Re: How do silenced Topres work?
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 00:57:44 »
I have both silent Topre and silent MX black keyboards, and they're pretty similar, although the MX black is probably a little quieter.  Neither one is exactly silent, but for mechanical keyboards, they're both pretty quiet.