Topre Switch

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Topre switch is a keyboard switch made by Topre Corporation, of Japan. Mostly famous due to its use in Happy Hacking Keyboard, from 1996 to about 2015.

Switch Mechanism

The electrical switch mechanism in Topre switch is capacitance. This means, there is no contact between electric conductors for the switch to turn on. The key does not need to hit bottom to activate.

Topre switch's key feel came from its rubber dome, not the spring.

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Topre key switch diagram
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Topre key switch diagram
keyboard Topre switch rubber dome

Activation Force

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Some RealForce keyboards feature topre switches with varying activation force.

The Name Topre

The name Topre, came from Tokyo Press, because the company was named Tokyo Press Kogyo Co Ltd, and got renamed in 1985-10 to Topre Corporation.

Expired Patent

Topre switch patent expired in 2004

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US patent 4584444, year 1984. https://patents.google.com/patent/US4584444

Topre Clone

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Niz Plum

Topre Switch Review

I don't like topre switch. It has a hit-bottom finger-shock problem. Topre switch, got this rubber dome, you have to hit with certain force, and because it is rubber dome, the dome collapses at some point and sucks you down, thus hit bottom and creates a finger impact shock feel. I don't have this problem with any Cherry MX Switches, nor with Buckling Spring Key Switch , nor Romer-G Switch .

Topre Switch Keyboards

Topre key switch is most famously used in Happy Hacking Keyboard.

Keyboard with Topre switch usually costs $200 and more. It's loved by many keyboard nerds.

Here is list of keyboards with Topre switch.

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The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard
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Realforce keyboard
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Leopold FC660C
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CM Storm NovaTouch
Sony BKE-2011 keyboard 86333-s376x166
Sony BKE-2011 keyboard
Topre Type Heaven 104key keyboard
Topre Type Heaven 104 key
Noppoo EC108 Pro keyboard 45244
Noppoo EC108 Pro keyboard. Switch is not exactly made by Topre, but similar.

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