When comparing Type Heaven vs Realforce 87U Tenkeyless, the Slant community recommends Realforce 87U Tenkeyless for most people. In the question“What are the best keyboards for programming?” Realforce 87U Tenkeyless is ranked 16th while Type Heaven is ranked 43rd. The most important reason people chose Realforce 87U Tenkeyless is:
This keyboard is equipped with mechanical Topre switches that offer a pleasant tactile experience that resembles playing the piano thanks to their complicated mechanical design. Additionally, Topre switched doesn't feel loose or wobbly since the mechanism is actually attached to a rigid plate that is placed above the printed circuit board.
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Pro Quieter than Cherry MX Brown switches
Type Heaven's Topre switches have a much quieter, softer sound than the Cherry MX Browns.
Pro Functional to use keyboard
No LEDs, no USB hubs and no detachable cables: to Topre, that's just hype. They clearly feel that, with the right product in your hand, there is no need for all those "sideshow features", as they refers to them.
Pro Aesthetically pleasing
Each of the 104 keys is dark grey with a white, laser engraved inscription. The frame of the keyboard is black, but is slightly textured to give it a matte finish without the "gritty" feel. The keyboard has some hard lines and sharply turned corners, but also has some round surfaces. This combinations makes it quite elegant.
Pro Reasonably cheap
Topre has an extensive line of keyboards, all featuring the company's custom switches. However, the Type Heaven is the first Topre keyboard to be offered at a price this low.
Pro Pleasant tactile feeling
This keyboard is equipped with mechanical Topre switches that offer a pleasant tactile experience that resembles playing the piano thanks to their complicated mechanical design.
Additionally, Topre switched doesn't feel loose or wobbly since the mechanism is actually attached to a rigid plate that is placed above the printed circuit board.
Thanks to its tenkeyless design the Realforce 87U is very compact and, therefore, doesn't take up too much space in a bag.
Pro Doesn't produce much noise
You will not draw your colleagues and members of household insane while working with this keyboard since the Topre switches produce less noise than the traditional mechanical switches like the Cherry MX-Red or MX-Brown.
Con Tenkeyless design
This keyboard lacks numpad.
Con Cable position is inconvenient
This might not be the best option for those who's workspace is limited since the keyboard's cable connector is located on the right side of the Realforce 87U - just at the place where you would typically place a mouse.