What is the difference between REALFORCE R3 and R3S, and how to choose the right type of REALFORCE.

Topre released REALFORCE R3 as the successor to REALFORCE R2

Starting with this model, fans now support long-awaited wireless connectivity, and all “R3” models now come standard with silent operation.

The REALFORCE R3S was released later than the R3.

The REALFORCE itself has quite a fine variety, and with the release of the R3S, many people may be confused.

This article describes the types and features of each REALFORCE model number.

REALFORCE is a ” high-end keyboard”.

Please read it carefully so that you will not regret your purchase.

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List of REALFORCE R3 series features

REALFORCE R3 exists in full-size and tenkeyless models.

  • Full-size models|24 types
  • Tenkeyless models|25 types

The following three items are common to all models.

  • Capacitance non-contact method
  • APC
  • full-N key

Based on these factors, they differ in “design,” “color,” “arrangement,” “pressing pressure (load),” “keystroke sound,” and “connection method.

(data) itemContents
designR3 Style
R2 Style
colorblack
super white
Black + Dark Silver
Super White + Light Silver
array (programming, programing)JIS (Japanese alignment) = ISO
US (English alignment) = ANSI
Load (Pressing pressure)30g
45g
Variable load (45g for alphabet key only / 30g for others)
customizeSurface panel changeable
keystroke soundsilent
usual
access methodWired only
Hybrid (wired or wireless)

To be frank, it would be hard to choose unless you are a “fan” who knows this much.
REALFORCE itself is a fairly core product…
However, it is a really good product, and I would be happy if more people would choose it based on this article.

The above characteristics classify them as such.

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Windows-only model

model numberdesigncolorarray (programming, programing)loadcustomizekeystroke soundaccess method
R3UC11 BlackFridayCoupon!R3 StyleblackJIS45silentcommunicate by wire
R3UC21 BlackFridayCoupon!R3 Stylesuper whiteJIS45silentcommunicate by wire
R3SD11R2 StyleblackUS45silentcommunicate by wire
R3SD13R2 StyleblackUS30silentcommunicate by wire
R3SD31R2 StyleblackUS45standardcommunicate by wire
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R2 StyleblackJIS45silentcommunicate by wire
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R2 Stylesuper whiteJIS45silentcommunicate by wire
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R2 StyleblackJISvariable loadsilentcommunicate by wire
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R2 StyleblackJIS30silentcommunicate by wire
R3SC31
(Hometown tax payment support)
R2 StyleblackJIS45standardcommunicate by wire
R3SC41
(Hometown tax payment support)
R2 Stylesuper whiteJIS45standardcommunicate by wire
R3HD11R3 StyleblackUS45silenthybrid
R3HD21R3 Stylesuper whiteUS45silenthybrid
R3HD13R3 StyleblackUS30silenthybrid
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R3 StyleblackJIS45silenthybrid
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R3 StyleblackJISvariable loadsilenthybrid
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R3 Stylesuper whiteJIS30silenthybrid
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R3 StyleblackJIS45standardhybrid

Mac Dedicated Model

model numberdesigncolorarray (programming, programing)loadcustomizekeystroke soundaccess method
R3HG11R3 StyleBlack + Dark SilverJIS45silenthybrid
R3HG21R3 StyleSuper White + Light SilverJIS45silenthybrid
R3HH11R3 StyleBlack + Dark SilverUS45silenthybrid
R3HH21R3 StyleSuper White + Light SilverUS45silenthybrid
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REALFORCE R3/R3S テンキーレスサイズ テンキーレス
静電容量無接点方式
JIS/US

The differences between REALFORCE R3 and R3S are “design,” “keystroke sound,” and “connection method.

The difference between R3 and R3S would still be of interest.

See comparison images above.

The upper row is “R3S” and the lower row is “R3”.

In terms of design, you will notice that the upper model (R3S) has an angular design, almost similar in look to the popular R2, while the lower model (R3) has a slightly more rounded design.

In terms of details, all R3S models are “wired connection” only; wireless connection models do not exist.

Also, a “non-silent model” is available for keystroke noise.

Thus, the R3S can be purchased for less than the R3 if you choose a “wired only” or “non-silent” model.

R3SD31R3HD13
designR2 StyleR3 Style
keycap printinglaser printing
(Can disappear)
sublimation printing
(Hard to disappear)
colorblackblack
array (programming, programing)USUS
load45g30g
customize panelnot fit forMountable
keystroke soundnon-silentsilent
access methodcommunicate by wirehybrid
Price20,900 yen (tax included)34,540 yen (including tax)
Where to BuyAmazonAmazon

Thus, R3S is up to almost 15,000 yen less expensive.
Although the name is R3, it is effectively like R2 being sold under the “R3” name.

The keycaps on the R3S are not “sublimation printed” but “laser printed,” which means that the printing is easily erased by aging and scuffing.

If you prefer sublimation printed keycaps, purchase genuine replacement parts.

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Difference between REALFORCE R3S and R2

REALFORCE R3S is the successor to REALFORCE R2 and is a minor change version of REALFORCE R3.

The R3S model follows the design of the R2, but adds the keymap change function and APC function (input point change) using the R3’s exclusive REALFORCE CONNECT software, which will satisfy R2 fans.

Changes from REALFORCE R2

  • The ability to change keymaps is now fully supported (R2 is CapsLock/Ctrl key swap only).
  • APC function upgraded to 4 levels (0.8/1.5/2.2/3.0mm) (R2 had 3 levels (1.5/2.2/3.0mm))
  • Windows -JIS sequence space key shortened (from 4.25u to 3.5u)**.

*Comparing my Mac-array R2/R3, the spacebar on the Windows-array model seems to have lengthened, as the length of the space key has not changed.

This is the recommended model for REALFORCE R3 /R3S!

After all, with such a large lineup, you may be at a loss as to which model to choose.

From here, we will introduce the recommended models of REALFORCE R3.

REALFORCE R3 recommended models are 45g load model and cheap wired model

What made REALFORCE famous is the lightness of the “feather touch” key feel.

This feather touch, however, is mainly used to refer to models with a 30g load.

Personally, I have the impression that a pressing pressure of 30g is “too light” and causes many “miss-types”.

I have touched a variety of keyboards, and I believe that a keyboard with a weight of 40g or more is the one that gives you a firm “pressing feeling”.
The 30g weight seems to fit well if you are switching from a pantograph type such as MagicKeyboard, but I personally think it is difficult to get the keystroke feel typical of a mechanical keyboard.

Based on the above, we recommend the following models.

REALFORCE R3 JIS layout

full size (computer, e.g.)tenkeyless
model numberR3HA11
R3HA21
R3HC11
R3HC21
designR3 StyleR3 Style
colorBlack ( R3HA11)
Super White ( R3HA21 )
Black ( R3HC11)
Super White ( R3HC21 )
array (programming, programing)JISJIS
load45g45g
customize panelMountableMountable
keystroke soundsilentsilent
access methodhybridhybrid

REALFORCE R3 US Array

full size (computer, e.g.)tenkeyless
model numberR3HB11
R3HB21
R3HD11
R3HD21
designR3 StyleR3 Style
colorBlack ( R3HB11)
Super White ( R3HB21 )
Black ( R3HD11)
Super White (( R3HD21)
array (programming, programing)JISUS
load45g45g
customize panelMountableMountable
keystroke soundsilentsilent
access methodhybridhybrid

If you are looking for a less expensive option, you can also choose a wired model.

While both full-size and tenkeyless models are available in JIS layout and 45g load, and the choices are fairly fixed, they can be purchased inexpensively.

Inexpensive and recommended model

REALFORCE R3S Recommended models are 45g load model and cheap non-silent model

For R3S, we also recommend the “45g” load model due to its good key feel.

If you prefer a more angular design than the R3, this is the one for you.

REALFORCE R3S JIS layout

full size (computer, e.g.)tenkeyless
model numberR3SA11
R3SA21
R3SC11
R3SC21
designR2 StyleR2 Style
colorBlack ( R3SA11)
Super White ( R3SA21 )
Black ( R3SC11)
Super White ( R3SC21 )
array (programming, programing)JISJIS
load45g45g
customize panelnot fit fornot fit for
keystroke soundsilentsilent
access methodcommunicate by wirecommunicate by wire

Note that for the US-sequence model, only black is available.

REALFORCE R3S US Array

full size (computer, e.g.)tenkeyless
model numberR3SB11R3SD11
designR3 StyleR2 Style
colorBlack ( R3SB11)Black ( R3SD11)
array (programming, programing)USUS
load45g45g
customize panelnot fit fornot fit for
keystroke soundsilentsilent
access methodcommunicate by wirecommunicate by wire

If you are looking for a less expensive option, you can also choose a “non-silent” model.

The following is a comparison video of keystroke sounds.

While both full-size and tenkeyless models are available in JIS layout and 45g load, and the choices are fairly fixed, they can be purchased inexpensively.

Inexpensive and recommended model

No R3S lineup as far as Mac users are concerned.

Unfortunately, the R3S with Mac array is not available at this time.

If you prefer the old R2 style model, you will have to look for a used one.

In addition, all models allow only 45 g of load to be selected.

tenkeyless

model numberdesigncolorarray (programming, programing)loadcustomizekeystroke soundaccess method
R3HG11R3 StyleBlack + Dark SilverJIS45silenthybrid
R3HG21R3 StyleSuper White + Light SilverJIS45silenthybrid
R3HH11R3 StyleBlack + Dark SilverUS45silenthybrid
R3HH21R3 StyleSuper White + Light SilverUS45silenthybrid

full size (computer, e.g.)

model numberdesigncolorarray (programming, programing)loadcustomizekeystroke soundaccess method
R3HE11R3 StyleBlack + Dark SilverJIS45silenthybrid
R3HE21R3 StyleSuper White + Light SilverJIS45silenthybrid
R3HF11R3 StyleBlack + Dark SilverUS45silenthybrid
R3HF21R3 StyleSuper White + Light SilverUS45silenthybrid

Points to consider when selecting REALFORCE R3/R3S

We can confidently say that the REALFORCE is a super high-end keyboard that will satisfy you in every way, from the look to the feel of the keys.

The only drawback is that it is “too big” and “heavy,” so it is definitely not suitable for carrying around.

At the beginning of this video, typing videos of various keyboards are shown, but you can see that only the R3 is of a different size.

Incidentally, the HHKB, which is often cited as the REALFORCE, is extremely lightweight and compact, weighing about 600g.

If you are considering compactness and portability, we definitely recommend the HHKB because it uses the same “capacitance non-contact method” and has a common pressing pressure of 45g.

HHKB has quite a “plastic feel”, so only “HHKB Snow” can give you a sense of luxury.
The REALFORCE is quite stout, giving it a luxurious feel.

Summary|Find the right one for you!

These are the differences between REALFORCE R3/R3S and how to choose one.

Keyboards can really “swamp” you when you start obsessing over them.

REALFORCE R3 must have had such a large lineup to meet the expectations of such keyboard swamp users.

Please refer to this article to get one of your choice!

Don’t forget to purchase a wrist rest when you purchase.

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