Mechanical Love - Hardware talk
Mafia
(10-06-2017, 04:15 PM)mrtn Wrote: But at least i know the switches feel.. I couldn't care less about the layout, the keycap-material and design - but i need to type on topre stems to know what i'd buy

> there is a reason why they are so popular.

Sometimes trends carry themselves... Like beats headphones for example. they sound totally shit and still a loot of people buy them because they are trend.
Comparing Beats headphones to an HHKB is just retarded.
mrtn
don't know. maybe they are great - maybe they are crap...
z3bra
I wanted an HHKB as well. I must admit the design is really cool (minimalist amd sharp), and it seems solid and reliable. Yet I fail to understand how keyboard constructors can advertise their keyboards as "comfortable", while keeping the shitty asymetric layout inherited from the old typing machines.
The last keyboard I bough was the TMX 2030, for around 80 bucks. It was a revolution to me! I love this keyboard's layout, and would love to find.a mechanical one with a similar layout.

I can understand that most kb manufacturers won't move the enter/backspace in the middle, but damn, the straigh columns are way more comfortable than what most keyboards have! That is the only reason why I don't have a mechanical keyboard. I've yet to find one that is as cool and compact as the HHKB and as comfortable as the Typematrix... If you guys know one, please link it!
mrtn
Have you checked out the lets split, zebra? Or the planck?
z3bra
Nope. Do you have links for those?
mrtn
https://olkb.com/planck/
olkb has some more ortholienar boards that might suit your need. Otherwise: The Ergodox is pretty nice. I've not yet made my mind if i keep one, but for sure it's really relaxing to type on.

https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comm...plit_kits/
Here's an older buy-thread for a let's split...

https://gist.github.com/nicinabox/3582fc...94f12fabfb
And here's a guide on github on how to build one.



Guess a planck is my next project, too. Gotta decide on a set of keycaps and case first...
z3bra
Thanks for those. They look really nice! You have to build them yourself though. Also, the numeric row is missing (which adds to the sickness of their look, I must admit), but being french, I use a shitons of special characters on this row on an azerty keyboard, so I'm not sure how I'd manage to go without it...

Lots of pros, but as many cons I'd say... No idea what to do! Thanks for sharing though!
venam
(11-06-2017, 02:12 PM)z3bra Wrote: Also, the numeric row is missing (which adds to the sickness of their look, I must admit), but being french, I use a shitons of special characters on this row on an azerty keyboard, so I'm not sure how I'd manage to go without it...
Ever heard of something called a compose key or altgr. I write frequently in French and those are pretty handy.
z3bra
Well, I write in french a lot as well :) ("{" and "}" are only accesible with altgr), but if you remove 60% of the azerty layout, you'll need a lot of modifiers!

I checked the website a bit amd it seems the planck have "layers", and you navigate these layers with to keys: lower and raise. This sounds like an interesting concept. Pretty much like phone keyboards that have one page for letters, one for numbers and one for symbols.
z3bra
After a more in-depth review, the planck seems like a great keyboard. One that you'll have to learn/tweak, but a great one!
The firmware seems pretty easy to change, to make your own layouts, and I could find many cool ideas on /r/olkb. Like using the enter key as shift when held for more than 200ms, and so on. Now I'm curious, and even tempted!




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