Fujitsu has unveiled three new fashions of the cult-classic Comfortable Hacking Keyboard, an iconic ultra-compact keyboard with a structure that dates again to the ‘90s. Whereas the keyboard’s structure stays unchanged, the brand new fashions launched right this moment at CES have been modernized in just a few key areas. All three now include a USB-C port, whereas two of them may also be related over Bluetooth and have assist for software program remapping of their keys.
The launch is important as a result of Fujitsu very not often updates its HHKB lineup. In accordance with Wikipedia, the final new keyboard within the lineup was the debut Bluetooth mannequin from 2016. Earlier than that, the lineup had remained unchanged since 2011, which coincidentally was the final time we wrote about them. The stripped-down structure of those “60-percent” keyboards (severely, they don’t even have arrow keys) imply that they’re not for everybody, however you’re unlikely to discover a higher constructed minimalist keyboard on the market.
The brand new HHKB lineup begins with the HHKB Professional three Traditional, an easy replace of the prevailing HHKB Skilled 2, now that includes USB Kind-C. Then there are the Bluetooth-compatible Professional three Hybrid and Professional three Hybrid Kind-S, which now assist key remapping by way of new Home windows software program. Sadly, the keyboards don’t include rechargeable batteries — Fujitsu confirmed to me that they as a substitute use replaceable batteries.
Fujitsu says that every one three keyboards use electrostatic capacitive key switches, whereas the Kind-S keyboard’s switches have an additional “buffer” inside them to make it quieter. Earlier HHKBs have used electrostatic switches produced by Topre, whereas the Kind-S variants have used the silent variations of its switches. I’ve emailed Fujitsu to verify if that’s nonetheless the case right here.
The brand new keyboards can be found in white or grey, and you may go for both dye-sublimated printed keycaps or solely clean keycaps for additional nerd cred. Like the remainder of the lineup, none of those keyboards come low cost. The non-Bluetooth Professional three Traditional is the most affordable of the three at $217, whereas the Professional three Hybrid prices $264 and the Professional three Hybrid Kind-S is $320. The HHKB Professional three lineup will likely be accessible from Fujitsu’s online store in addition to different retailers like Amazon.