Fujitsu Realforce R2 Keyboard – Review

The Realforce R2 keyboard is designed for tech enthusiasts and writers like myself, who spend many hours a day typing.

Made in Japan, I’m assured the keyboard meets the highest production standards, and I should absolutely expect this precision in manufacture to translate to an increase in “words-per-minute”.

Opening the box of the Realforce R2, there is little that jumps out initially. The exterior box design is relatively subtle, outlying the product’s features. Once open, the keyboard is easily removed, with no additional ties holding it down.

“Wow.”, I thought when first lifting it – “This keyboard is heavy!” Documentation enclosed says that the RealForce R2 weighs 1.1kg. This weight may seem excessive, however over the course of a day, typing away, significant horizontal pressure is applied to any keyboard, making weight essential to stop it sliding.

Next, I begin pressing the keys of the RealForce R2 , before plugging it in. I’m impressed by how little sound is generated by the keyboard. No clicking, no chattering. The Topre capacitive silent keyswitches certainly seem to perform very well.

Upon plugging the RealForce R2 into my machine, I’m disappointed to see no backlight highlighting keys. My current keyboard and many previous all featured backlit keys, and it’s become something of an expectation at this point. This being said – I know little about keyboard design. If absence of backlighting allows for further quality engineering and optimisation of space to include quality parts, this may be acceptable.

The RealForce R2

After typing on the RealForce R2 to write this review, I’m very satisfied with the feel under-hand. Double keypresses are non-existent, as are missed presses. The keyboard’s documentation explains how the “press depth” can be customised, if these isues ever do arrise.

The RealForce R2 is priced around the £250 mark, which makes it one of the most expensive keyboards on the market. Does it justify this price?

If your job, like mine, entails typing for long durations, where small but repeated issues are likely top incur wasted time, the RealForce R2 does a fine job of eliminating these issues, boosting your productivity. This however isn’t a gaming keyboard. I have no doubt the RealForce R2 can do well in a gaming environment, but it’s not what this keyboard was designed for and such, use doesn’t leverage its qualities.