Realforce R2 Ivory TKL Dye Sub PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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Realforce R2 Ivory TKL Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Topre 55g thumbnailTopre 55g
Topre Variable thumbnailTopre Variable


Details and Specifications

Switch StemsTopre
Physical LayoutANSI
Logical LayoutUS QWERTY
Frame ColorWhite
Frame Top MaterialPlastic
Frame Bottom MaterialPlastic
Primary LED Colorn/a
Control LED Colorn/a
Hotswap SocketsNo
USB Key RolloverFull
Multimedia KeysYes
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Windows CompatibleYes
Mac CompatibleLimited
Linux CompatibleYes
Cord Length60 inches

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  • TL;DR: Great keyboard, but I cannot recommend it for use with a KVM switch.

    This is the most satisfying keyboard I've ever used. Perfect tactility, with a nice sound. The keystrokes aren't silent, but they're not distracting either. It provides a very pleasant typing experience. And I think the 55g switch force is just right: not tiring, but not sensitive to haphazard keypresses (Disclosure: I have freakishly large hands).

    Unfortunately, the keyboard does not work with my KVM switch. To be precise, my ConnectPro UD-12 KVM does not receive any keystrokes when the Realforce is connected to the KVM's DDM-enabled keyboard port. The Realforce does work when connected to the KVM's generic USB port, but then I can't use the hotkey sequence to change computers, and the computers eventually lose the keyboard connection. This is an absolute deal-breaker for me. So I had to return the Realforce.

    I really didn't want to return this great keyboard, so I tried for more than 2 weeks to find a solution. The KVM vendor blames the problem on the keyboard's NKRO feature. However, my Hexgears Nova keyboard with NKRO works perfectly with the KVM. I don't even need to disable the Nova's NKRO. But there is no way to disable the Realforce's NKRO, so I can't rule out the possibility that the problem is caused by the Realforce's implementation of NKRO.

    The support tech at Fujitsu (who represents Topre in the US) claims that there were no previous reports of KVM problems with their keyboards. I don't know what to think about that.

    The rep told me that none of their keyboards work with KVMs. That's not entirely true, because they sell the Hexgears Nova, which, again, works well with my KVM.

    If you don't rely on a KVM switch, you just might love the Realforce. But if your workflow requires frequent computer-switching, you've been warned.

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