Then, along comes a deal that was too good to pass up. I found a listing for a fantastic HHKB Pro2 with the white keyset and black option keys. Very nice, and from the pictures it was clean, so I hopped on it. Two days later I had my very own HHKB, and life was looking up.
Cracked the box open and I was pleased with what greeted me. No smoke smell, no strong animal odors, and no missing caps. We were off to a good start. But then, panic set in. One of the rubber feet was missing! What kind of scurrilous cur would advertise an HHKB as though it were in perfect working order, then send out some half-crippled mess of a board, knowing the recipient would rain famine and disease upon his house for eons to come for the slight? What cur indeed!
Then I saw it just came loose during shipping and got stuck on the bubble wrap. Disaster averted.
The horror… It looked like there was a small german shepard who was eating fritos using this board. I felt pretty disgusting taking it apart, to be quite honest. I change cloth diapers without a care, but seeing the devastation definitely made me feel uncomfortable.
Further inspection yielded some observations that were concerning, but not insurmountable. The thing was filthy; that much was plain after taking a good look at the F key. For the love of all things holy, I hope that is just mucus instead of any of the alternatives.
I’m sure that the high-concentration is used so that evaporation can take care of the excess liquid. I’m aware of that, for sure. So, going with the low percentage means that I need to put in a bit more elbow grease in order to make sure we were completely dry. I was cool with that. Reason being, I didn’t want to take the chance that the high concentration would warp the keys. Which would make me feel as though I was missing one soul. Looking at the price of replacement Topre keycaps makes me want to put my HHKB up on a shelf instead of use it. But I just can’t stay away.