KitGuru has reviewed many keyboards over the years – suited to a variety of tastes and demands. Today we are looking at the Topre Type Heaven model featuring high grade Electrostatic Capacitive Switches rated at 50 million keystrokes. Is it worth the $150 asking price?
As the name would suggest, the Type Heaven keyboard by Topre is primarily designed with one goal in mind – to achieve the best experience for users who spend a lot of time typing.
Topre may not be an immediately well known name in the enthusiast sector, but they are an electrical, plastics and metal materials manufacturer based in Japan. They also create touch sensors, industrial credit card readers and touch panels. How is this relevant to a keyboard you say? Well Topre key switches are used in critical data entry applications in industries that require the highest levels of reliability.
The Type Heaven keyboard arrives in a plain black box with elegant gold type highlighting the product name on the front of the box.
The label bottom left of the box explains some of the key features including the Electrostatic Capacitance Key Switches and 6 key rollover.
The more observant among you will already have noticed that our particular sample is distributed in America by Seasonic, best known for their class leading power supplies. While Seasonic are not the sole distributor in America, they are offering a 2 year warranty with every unit sold.
Seasonic say that this keyboard might make it to European shores sometime in the future, although this is not confirmed right now. You can import one however from various locations if interested.
Inside the box is a warranty leaflet, alongside a thin user guide. The warranty leaflet from Topre does state that the keyboard has only a single year warranty, but clearly Seasonic have a lot of faith in the design to effectively double it. We tested the keyboard on both OSX 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 7/8.