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Simplicity: Happy Hacking Professional 2 Keyboard Review

The Happy Hackin Keyboard Proffesional 2 is mechanical keyboard sought by many keyboard enthusiast. While I had my eyes on it for while, I never had the funds to purchase such a classy and premium keyboard. To my surprise I was given this keyboard as a gift on Christmas day. And while my first impressions were nothing mind boggling, this keyboard soon became one that I swore by.

 

First Impression

I felt like a ten year old boy unboxing the keyboard on Christmas day. The box itself wasnt anything to be impressed with but as soon as I had the keyboard in my hands my heart was at ease. Yes, I really wanted this keyboard badly haha. Off the bat, I had to toggle a switch in the back to have it work with my Mac.В (Yes it works with OSX/Windows/Linux) В And from there my first impressions began.

This was my first mechanical keyboard so I must be honest, at first I just thought it was “Okay.” I became accustomed to typing on chiclet keyboards because I loved to pound the keys to the base. My favorite keyboard at that point was the famous keys brought to you by Thinkpad; just their standard latop keys. So the transition to the happy hacking keyboard was a little iffy. While they were good, I didn’t enjoy using them as much as I did with the Thinkpads. My expectations were high because I had heard so much about the topre keys and how they were probably the best switches.

I was originally typing at about 90 words per minute but upon first switching to the happy hacking I was back to 60-70. Which wasnt too motivation.  Keep in a mind however, the delete key is moved a space down so it’ll take a bit to get used to. You will notice it having a negative impact on your typing speed, but once you quickly adjust, you will bounce right back.

 

Feel/Second Impressions

Because the Happy Hacking Keyboard came at such a premium price I was determined to continue with it. And I am extremely happy that I did so. Little by little, my typing speed increased to what it normally was. I did not realize how great the HHKB was until I went back to my once beloved Thinkpad keys. The thinkpad felt too stiff. In comparision, the HHKP keys all felt buttery smooth. You also don’t need to bottom out the keyboard as much; something that I originally enjoyed. But with the HHKB, it was just more satisfying not to do so.

 


 

My hands never got cramped after writing pages for school and my fingers never felt pain. The keyboard was a consistent pleasure which made it appealing to type for hours and hours.

The keyboard does have a noise behind it but it isn’t loud and musical as your MX blue switches. However, it is louder than what you’d get from your standard keyboard. I personally enjoy the noise.

All in all, I can’t type on anyother keyboard and get the same satisfaction that I do with the HHKB Pro 2.

 

Size And Design

The size was what I found appealing. I was on the verge of purchasing the Realforce 87u; however, I loved the design of smaller keyboards: From the Thinkpad, to the Macbook Air. My hands are fairly small so I like the idea of having a smaller qwerty keyboard at my disposal. I like to think of it as the bare minimum of all keyboards.

When it comes to design, it is very plain. Which to me is a great thing. However, I’ve had many people come into my room and crack jokes about it. I always have my Apple wireless keyboard beside it, (For wireless use) and people always ask why the Happy Hacking is my main. And of course when I tell them more about it, they chuckle at the 300 bucks price tag. Once they try it however, it then becomes clear. Finally, I punch them in the face for insulting the Ultimate Happy Hacking Keyboard! BOOM!

The small size does compromise one thing. There are no dedicated arrow keys. You do have shortcuts where you must hold down the function key in combination with the secondary arrow keys to move direction. I do use it that way, but I would still prefer dedicated arrow keys.В  Other than that, all is great here.В If the arrow keys are a huge factor for you, then definitely check out the realforce 87u.

A huge plus is that it has two USB inputs. It is very convenient when I need to charge my iPod shuffle!

 

Price

I feel as though, pricing is something I definetly should discuss. I said it once but I’ll say it again. This is a premium keyboard so it won’t be cheap. It’ll run you about 299.99 bucks. Yeah, I was a bit turned off to pay 300 dollars for a keyboard. However, I came to realize that my day is mostly spent on the computer. So why not get a keyboard that would help better my work throughout the day? This keyboard is not for everyone but if you do a lot of typing, or as the name suggest, hacking/programming, then you’d love this keyboard. And the chances are, if you are reading this review, you pretty much know what your getting yourself into. 300 bucks =D

 

All in all

I love this keyboard, it’s simple as that. I have tried to go back to my older keyboards but they just don’t cut it. The appeal is here for me. Its just strictly typing with this keyboard. It does what it’s intended to do. If this keyboard had the arrow keys I’d give it a perfect score. So keep all of this in mind and definitely consider this keyboard if you are in the market. I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

 

Happy Hacking Professional 2 Keyboard

The Happy Hacking Profession 2 Keyboard, a simplistic keyboard that has many enthusiast craving. While the keyboard may not cater to all, there is a specific market for such a keyboard. So what does a 300 dollar keyboard get you?

Rating by Len Thou: 4.0 stars

Len Thou

Len is a full time college student who enjoys creative writing, photography, and from time to time boxing. He is an ongoing contributor and publisher to the site. His motto is simply, "Hard Work."

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  • bob

    I thought hacking in this instance meant hacking away at a keyboard. Of course its possible the person who named it was esl or just nerdy and only literate in the 1s and 0s sense, but thats the way I read it at first

  • rjrich

    After using an IBM Model M for years, I decided I wanted a more compact keyboard, and I started testing tenkeyless and smaller models with Cherry mx switches. None of these was satisfactory, and I kept seeing recommendations for the HHKB Pro 2. However, I remained doubtful that I could adapt to its seemingly foreign layout and absence of dedicated arrow keys. Finally, I relented and gave it a try. I was amazed at how natural the layout was and how quickly I learned to use the arrow keys in the Fn layer. It seems that the years of research on the part of Prof. E. Wada and others paid off in the development of this keyboard, which I now use every day in my work.

    • http://techshift.net/ Set

      Quick question. If you dont mind me asking, whats your job?

      • rjrich

        Research and teaching in a university setting.

  • reuteler

    use karibiner to map control-hjkl to the arrow keys and i think youll find it better than dedicated arrow keys.