I picked up an HHKB Pro 2 and I’m really not sure what I think about it.
I love the layout. I LOVE that ctrl is where caps would normally be, because I never use caps. It also feels much more natural to use ctrl there because you never have to contort your wrist at all that way. I’m not sure how I feel about the backspace/delete placement. I suppose I do use backspace more than I use the \ key, so it makes sense. But… I can also remap the keys on my Blackwidow, so layout isn’t really that much of an advantage, the HHKB is just more convenient because it comes that way out of the box.
The keyboard sounds great. There’s very little noise from bottoming out. You get a nice little clack when the key comes back up, but it’s not as loud as like the clicks on Cherry MX Blues. So that’s a plus. There’s also the famous thock sound, which is amazing.
I’m not a big fan of how the switches feel for gaming. The fancy rubber dome feel for typing is really nice, but for gaming it feels kind of mushy and unresponsive. I prefer Razer Orange because the bump is not as pronounced and they feel more crisp. This is the main reason I’m thinking of returning it.
I’ve wanted this keyboard forever and I finally have it, but I’m not sure if I want to keep it. It’s expensive, and it didn’t immediately win me over.
I guess I’ll never find a perfect keyboard
And by that I mean one that I love for both gaming and typing. Razer Orange switches were my preferred for everything (I didn’t absolutely love them for everything, they were just my favorite out of what I’ve tried) until I bought this keyboard. I’m too lazy to switch between keyboards constantly. If the Razer had a mini USB in the back it wouldn’t be an issue, but having to plug and unplug stuff from the back of my computer all the time is annoying.