Happy Hacking Keyboard

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Happy Hacking Keyboard
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Happy Hacking keyboard: Those who spend several hours a day typing in front of the PC need a simple but special keyboard.


Working tool

This keyboard is made by the Japanese PFU, Fujitsu's Company.
Those who write for work, for passion, for necessity when passion and work are linked, usually spend several hours writing with the keyboard.

It is an indispensable writing tool for working on the PC, whether it is writing articles, text in general, or programming code; here, also in this case the familiarity with the keyboard is something strong, you have to know it well to avoid mistakes as much as possible, just one single quote too much, or less, to send the software into the ball.

Typing accuracy is perhaps the most important aspect for a tool like this; the fewer mistakes you make, the less time you take to correct. I feel really good
with the Happy Hacking Keyboard, and it doesn't have half measures: either you like it a lot, or not at all.

I am comfortable when I write articles, and when I put my hand to the programming code.

Particular, but not by chance

Apart from the fact that it is a 60 percent keyboard, now my favorites, apart from the fact that it has the Topre switches that I particularly like, it has a layout that when you get used to it you feel so good that you never want to go back.

Although there are other keyboards that I use regularly and like them a lot.

But this is different, even if from the appearance it would not seem like it.

It is rather light, not particularly robust like a keyboard with an aluminum frame, at first glance the layout does not convince you if you have not tried it yet and you are used to it, but; if it bewitches you, it's like first love, you never forget it.

The layout

Spending several hours a day writing, inevitably for me the keyboard is not just an indispensable tool, it is much more.

Each writing tool allows you to put on paper what you have in mind, even if instead of the sheet of paper it is an electronic one.

From the keyboard I use, I demand the best in terms of comfort, ease of use, performance; the Happy Hacking Keyboard is one of those that are right for me.

The layout of the keys is almost symmetrical, if this aspect can be confusing at first, when you get used to it you discover that it is of comfort like few.

The ergonomics on which the Happy Hackung Keyboard is based are truly remarkable in its simplicity; ergonomics is a feminine noun that we have heard many times, very often even inappropriately just to impress, or to make a scene if you prefer.

But it is a scientific discipline that studies the quality of interaction between people and technology, whatever it is.

In other words, it is the research to give greater satisfaction and comfort to people while using a specific device; it can be a gaming chair, a work tool, and in this case, the Happy Hacking Keyboard.

Keycaps of the Happy Hacking Keyboard

The keycaps are in textured PBT and are particularly pleasant to the touch, never tried before other PBT keys like these although I know some excellent ones; those of Vortex Core, Leopold FC660C, Unicomp.

Texturing is a manufacturing process used to give greater elasticity to fibers, for example in weaving.

PBT keycaps like those of the Happy Hacking Keyboard are something different, particular into particular, again, for me at least that I had never tried such keys before.

History of the Happy Hacking Keyboard

The history of this keyboard is strictly related to ergonomics, ease of use, however strange it may seem if you have never had to deal with similar keyboards.

Professor Eiiti Wada, a Professional UNIX, participated in the project, and the creation of this product, which in 1995 saw the light.

On the page of the site HHkeyboard.com, you can read briefly the history of this keyboard, created to simplify life for those who use it several hours a day.

Topre switch
(image on realforce.co.jp)

Switch Topre 45 gr.

The Topre switches play a fundamental role in the Happy Hacking Keyboard, defined by some as hybrids, by others membrane, what matters to me is that they are very popular, I find them extremely comfortable, they do not tire even after hours of work.

They are different from all the others I have tried, but not designed and manufactured in a different way for the useless taste of surprising at all costs, but to be more practical than ever, comfortable, effective while typing.

They are pretty quiet, light, practical, especially in the HHKB.
The difference found with the Leopold FC660C for example is substantial, although they are always the same switches, as they are mounted on the backplate and not PCB, and the keycaps are different, more massive, this amplifies the tactile return when the keys are pressed.

This is the patent page of these switches, where you can download the PDF document; their interesting design can create a particularly appreciable product from a practical point of view.

The rubber dome that covers the conical spring is what makes this project the focal point.
They are capacitive electrostatic switches; a combination that offers interesting results on a practical level.

The Control key (Ctrl)

The Ctrl key positioned where it is usually located Caps Lock that allows you to write everything in CAPITALS when pressed, is another aspect that at the beginning had upset me.

The Happy Hacking Keyboard indeed, a little training, some training, requires it, but as far as I'm concerned it was worth it, the satisfaction you get when you get used to it, it makes you have control over all the commands you need to impart, from simple typing to various commands such as select, cut, copy, etc.

The first time I used it, I was looking for the Ctrl key in the standard position, which is the first key in the lower left, right, or both sides.

Then when I got used to using it where it is by default on the Happy Hacking Keyboard, I find it so good that even on the other keyboards I use I moved it there with the DIP switches, which allow you to customize the layout.

This aspect made me reflect once more on how much the Happy Hacking Keyboard layout has been designed, though, realized to keep the fingers as close as possible to the home-row position.

Rear flips

I like keyboards that don't need to be raised in the back to be used well anyway; the KBParadise V60 does not have them, because they are not needed, they are high enough in the back, to go down in the front, another example of useless frills that can be done without.

And the Happy Hacking Keyboard of unnecessary frills has eliminated several of them.

Such as the amplifier of the Hi-Fi system; it needs nothing more than the power button, and the volume control, the rest advances, and it would be an unnecessary interruption of the electrical signal.

Another example is that of the Vortex Core, no rear flip, flat frame, and still very practical.

The Leopold FC660C also has rear flips, like the HHKB, which I never use.

I believe the structure of the two keyboards is good, comfortable, without having to extract the rear flips to raise the keyboard at the rear.

As far as I'm concerned, these are not just details that make the difference
between a quality product, compared to one that has less.

The HHKB even has 2 possible settings for each flip; I easily do without them, even if they are there.

A keyboard without half measures

When I was using only the keyboard full size, I thought I couldn't give up the keys f1 to f12 as it seemed absurd to give up the numeric keypad or the multifunction keys that precede it.

I thought it was also impossible that I could give up the directional arrows.
I was wrong.

If I use a full-size keyboard, to have the alphanumeric characters under the fingers, and the home-row at hand, I have to move it a bit to the right.

Home Row
(source image Mr. French Classroom Page)

So, I have to move the keyboard a lot to the right of the screen, otherwise, I can't be positioned in the center of the monitor, and I can't even have the home row where it is needed.

Moving the keyboard one piece to the right, I also have to move the mouse and place it in a position that is not at all comfortable, despite ergonomics and carpal tunnel syndrome.

When I bought my first mechanical keyboard, the Motospeed CK104 Inflictor, there was a 60 percent that I liked a lot, but it seemed absurd that it lacked multifunction keys and numeric keypads; however, never used in my life.

I had the feeling that without the directional arrows, the Home and End keys, I would have found myself in trouble, only to discover with pleasure that this was not.

A custom-made keyboard is the best I discovered working on a PC.
The fn and fn2 keys in the case of the Vortex Core, allow you to have all the controls under your fingers, without moving your hands left and right, as I should do with a full-size keyboard.

The fun I've grown accustomed to still surprises me.

OK, but the price?! Hoo, the international system of currency…

 

Felice Amadeo - af1.it
Since 2006 I have been working with the internet, writing content and managing the site. I've been using WordPress since 2013.
As I got older, I found that I like to wear the hat.