HHKB Celebrates 25 Years With $ 350 Arrowless Wireless Keyboard

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Enlarge / Can you spot the birthday keycap?

Happy Hacking Keyboard (HKKB) has made a name for itself among keyboard enthusiasts since its launch in 1996. Today, the brand is synonymous with 60% arrowless designs, using luxurious Topre switches and labels. premium price. Its 25-year anniversary keyboard is no different.

The HHKB layout does away with the numeric keypad and navigation keys, including, boldly, arrows. It targets programmers, engineers, and writers with its symmetrical, shrunken form factor that’s supposed to make it easier for your fingers to reach the keys.

The keyboard is reprogrammable via Windows software.
Enlarge / The keyboard is reprogrammable via Windows software.

HHKB celebrates 25 years with a new version of the HHKB Professional Hybrid Type-S Bluetooth keyboard. The new edition is nicknamed Snow for its all-white ABS plastic chassis and crisp white PBT keys. This differs from the original models available in “Charcoal” (with or without captions) or “White”, which is definitely more off-white, with matching retro-looking gray accents. The keys of the Snow version are embossed with black legends by thermal sublimation, so they are permanent.

This is good news, as you’ll need these captions to be visible in order to spot what really makes this keyboard party. The right Fn key is stamped with the number 25, with the suffix “th” at the bottom, where some keys have a secondary imprinted function. The HHKB logo is also on the hood, adding a little pop of color.

There is a detachable USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and connecting to a PC.
Enlarge / There is a detachable USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and connecting to a PC.

All things considered, it’s a little twist on the keyboard. There isn’t much flash here to celebrate the keyboard maker’s Silver Jubilee. But that also means the keyboard is cheap, compared to other S-type hybrid keyboards, that is. It’s still an HHKB keyboard with Topre switches, after all.

The commemorative programmable keyboard is currently $ 350, compared to $ 337 for other colors. Although a crossed out MSRP listed on Fujitsu’s online store, an HHKB distributor who advertised the keyboard, suggests it could potentially have an MSRP of $ 400. We have reached out to Fujitsu regarding pricing and will update this story if we have any news.

The anniversary keycap and white color scheme will set you back $ 13 more.
Enlarge / The anniversary keycap and white color scheme will set you back $ 13 more.

Like other S-type hybrid keyboards, the 25th Anniversary option uses Topre electrostatic capacitive switches, known to enthusiasts for their exemplary tactile feel and high price tag. The switches here are supposed to be quiet and require 45g of force to operate.

The wireless keyboard has four Bluetooth profiles, so you can pair it wirelessly with four macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android devices instead of using the USB-C to USB-A cable. We’re seeing a gradual increase in wireless keyboards with three Bluetooth profiles, like the recently revised Razer Pro Type Ultra, but four profiles are rarer.

The Anniversary Edition currently costs $ 13 more than the Standard Editions.
Enlarge / The Anniversary Edition currently costs $ 13 more than the Standard Editions.

It’s unclear how long the HHKB Professional Hybrid Type-S Snow will be available for sale, but Fujitsu’s announcement called it “limited quantity.”

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