HHKB Pro2 history

The HHKB Pro2 has been designed with UNIX professionals and advanced programmers in mind.

As a UNIX professional user himself, Professor Eiiti Wada understood the crucial role keyboards played for entering commands and how they were becoming more and more inconvenient for professional users.

We worked with Professor Wada to refine his classic 1990s design; the HHKB Pro2 represents an evolution of the original design, resulting in a high-quality compact computer keyboard made with high-speed typing efficiency in mind.

Cowboys in the western United States leave their horses when they die. But never leave their saddles, regardless of how long they need to walk in the desert. Saddles are interfaces that are deeply adapted to our bodies whereas horses are consumable items. It should not be forgotten that computers are consumables nowadays, but keyboards are interfaces that we can use through our lives.”

Professor Eiiti Wada

We’ve said goodbye to inconvenient keyboard layouts and unnecessary function keys. The HHKB is specifically designed for minimalists looking for a ASCII layout, refined Topre switches and an authentic ‘thock’ sound.

It is light, compact and durable, so it can conveniently travel with you wherever you need to be.

Initial HHKB layout

First proposed in Professor Eiiti Wada’s 1992 paper “Kenban hairetsu nimo oinaru kanshin wo” (Great Interests Required for Keyboard Layouts) (PFU Technical Review 3(1), pp.1-15) and later built as a cardboard model in 1995, we have never compromised on producing high quality devices. After successfully selling out the first HHKB, our engineers continue to innovate the HHKB Pro2.

The HHKB Pro2 is customisable and can be easily modified meaning it is fit for purpose for every Happy Hacker. After the success of the first HHKB, our engineers continued to innovate culminating in the HHKB

Ultimately, the keyboard is designed to keep you from ever leaving the home row, relying on key combos and a perfect, near-symmetrical layout as you ease into the code haze. Even if you’re far from the prototypical Unix hacker (like, you were born after 1965), there’s something incredibly compelling about a keyboard this simple and beautiful, built to last a lifetime.”

The Verge - Status Symbols

Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2