Wednesday, December 13th 2017

Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 Lands in Europe for £259.99 / €289.99

Fujitsu subsidiary PFU (EMEA) Limited is launching its Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 (HHKB Pro2) in Europe. Designed with programmers in mind, it can be a great asset for anybody in search of an excellent typing experience. The innovative and minimalistic high-quality keyboard uses a reduced layout with far fewer keys and offers an extremely satisfying and rapid typing experience.

Compact and minimalistic
The HHKB Pro2 is not just another gadget for computer enthusiasts, but is the result of systematic research and a co-operation with Professor Eiiti Wada, a renowned Japanese computer scientist. The 60 key compact build means that hands can stay on the home row which is good for speed, efficiency, and comfort. Due to a number of easy to learn function-layers the reduced layout is actually more ergonomic than traditional keyboards, winning it many fans over the last 20 years.
The ultimate typing experience
HHKB Pro2 features the smoothest, most refined switches on the market. These electrostatic capacitive switches by the Japanese company Topre, eliminate key bounce and deliver a highly tactile response. This ergonomic approach is accompanied by a pleasingly unique sound while typing.

Good looks and built to last
The HHKB Pro2 is small, well-designed and simply looks great on a desk. The understated black/dark grey colour scheme gives it a classic minimalistic appearance. Visually appealing, the printed keycaps feature dye-sublimated legends that will not rub off. High quality materials have gone into building this keyboard, eliminating any creaking or flexing. Furthermore, the rubber domes underneath the keys provide not only smooth feedback, but also extend their lifespan to over 30 million keystrokes.

Ergonomic workspace
The elimination of the number-pad allows users to bring their mouse closer to hand, reducing required shoulder movement. With this keyboard's compact design, desk space can be freed up making for a more ergonomic workspace.

Compatible with both PC and Mac
The keyboard is fully compatible with PC or Mac. The 1.8 meter long cable can be detached for better portability. Users can customise key behaviour to meet personal preferences by using DIP-switches on the back of the keyboard. The keyboard slope can be adjusted to one of three different levels, according to user preference. In addition, the keyboard comes equipped with two USB ports for convenience.

List price and release date
The Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 is now available direct from PFU in EMEA from https://www.hhkeyboard.com at just £259.99 or €289.99 and includes a two year manufacturer warranty.

Note: Prices at time of writing.
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18 Comments on Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 Lands in Europe for £259.99 / €289.99

#1
zo0lykas
nowadays some keyboard price tab, like dissent gpu card :D
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#2
hat
Enthusiast
For that price... Is it bulletproof? Can I hide under it in the event of an airstrike?
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#3
silentbogo
There are so many things that just don't make sense.
It's a weird and a bit chopped up 60% ANSI layout, which for some reason Fujitsu calls Sun Type 3 in promo pics, but "modified ANSI" in spec.
It's oriented towards programmers, but no sane programmer will ever use a KB with lack of certain critical keys and unnecessary layout adjustments, added solely for the sake of feeding nostalgia of retired programmers from 80-s.
And that price tag... There are better/cheaper 60% options, including the ones w/ Topre switches.
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#4
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 Lands in Europe for £259.99 / €289.99:roll::roll:o_O
Is it April the 1st somewhere
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Looks like a joke product, but it's a real press release. Great for a WTF moment, lol.
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#6
claes
silentbogo
And that price tag... There are better/cheaper 60% options, including the ones w/ Topre switches.
Link please!
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#7
deu
claes
Link please!
https://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B007VDLVD4

Have the keyboard shown above (it is the best keyboard i have ever had (tried top Steelseries + Razers mechanical as well.) There are alot of variants with light or without and with different switches: everything is possible to a 1/3 of the price of the discussed keyboard :0 (IF you can live with the updownleftright part too! :D)
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#9
silentbogo
claes
Link please!
Here's one of the famous ones. Still expensive for my wallet, but much better. Same Topre 45g switches.
https://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,compact&pid=fc660c

Then there are also various Topre-like keyboards w/ decent electrocapacitive switches, like Plum/NIZ, which comes in black or white, BT or Wired, RGB or no RGB, waterproof or dies from the first coffee spill etc etc etc. And all around $100.
It's not exactly 60, but 75 is close enough:
https://www.nizkeyboard.com/product/plum-75-keys-35g45g-electro-capacitive-keyboard-non-rgb/
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#10
claes
That's more like it! Totally forgot about the Leopold, but I hear they're smushy. Same story with knock-offs AFAIK :( Haven't tried one though

Anyway, given that a HHKB Pro2 from Japan ships for $212 hopefully expansion to the EU decreases prices here in NA.
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#11
silentbogo
claes
That's more like it! Totally forgot about the Leopold, but I hear they're smushy. Same story with knock-offs AFAIK :( Haven't tried one though
Plum keyboards usually get good feedback, considering the price. The only complaints are about housing, cause they reuse same chassis for ALL variants of the same board.
Knock-off switches are usually good, cause there really is nothing special about Topre. Just a rubber dome with a spring.

Now, I have something interesting planned for the future: have quite a few broken A4Tech Bloody keyboards with functional Lightstrike optical switches. Wanna make a compact board from donor parts (they feel really smooth, quiet and fast).
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#12
erocker
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Not going to pay that price for a plastic keyboard. There are other keyboards of this style/size that has the same layout and internals, plus use better materials for less cost.
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#13
azdesign
I don't really understand the purpose of this keyboard.
How can someone work faster with keyboard with critical keys omitted and have to use fn+key to subtitute those keys?
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#15
AsRock
TPU addict
290$ and still has a shit caps lock, not much for the detachable cable either although i do like the size.
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#17
randomUser
You people are very weird.
This is the keyboard i use:

This keyboard costs a wooping 5 Euro in my country.
The Cons:
The backspace button is bit too small.
"insert", "Num lock" buttons should be removed.

Pros: everything (except the cons) is awesome about this keyboard.
I USE IT FOR PROGRAMMING (at work). It is very ergonomic. No hand or finger pain, no missclicks.
Easy blind typing.
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#18
AsRock
TPU addict
What is funny, on a $5 keyboard they can get the caps lock right lmao.
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