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Every "split" mechanical keyboard currently being sold that I know of
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@WieldSoftwareDevelopement WieldSoftwareDevelopement commented Jan 26, 2018

How long did it take you to get used to the ortholinear key layout on the ErgoDox?

I've got a Matias Ergo Pro. It is pretty nice, but in over a year of use I've got several sticky keys. I have other non split mechanical keyboards from steel series so I know there are better switches out there. Plus the keyboard is missing some important keys. Like insert for example.

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@Gelmo Gelmo commented Mar 15, 2018

You're missing a couple good ones:
https://gaming.kinesis-ergo.com/fsedge/ - Kinese Freestyle Edge - Freestyle 2 w/ mechanical keys and programmable layers
https://ultimatehackingkeyboard.com - programmable mechanical

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@theevocater theevocater commented Apr 5, 2018

Keeb.io makes a few different PCB's for splits

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@contesi contesi commented May 25, 2018

Kinesis Advantage, Kinesis Maxim Combo and Maltron dual-handed might count.

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@murmour murmour commented Jun 27, 2018

Freestyle Pro was released by Kinesis recently: https://www.kinesis-ergo.com/shop/freestyle-pro/.

It looks very similar to Freestyle Edge, but is a bit cheaper, and comes with no wrist rests.

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@Gerk Gerk commented Jul 12, 2018

Don't waste your time with the Matias Ergo Pros ... they are wonderful hardware with HORRIBLE firmware. I've owned 4 of them and every one has had different firmware issues from ghosting to phantom keypresses to caps lock lights randomly coming on (and staying on even when caps lock is not engaged), etc. I just sent back 2 of the new "soft touch" ones. The keys themselves are great, if they can ever get their firmware issues sorted out.

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@jingpengw jingpengw commented Jul 24, 2018

this one is pretty cheap and beautiful, not sure about the quality though.
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.29.68d16222La6Gri&id=556970472669&ns=1&abbucket=4#detail

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@patmood patmood commented Sep 13, 2018

Thanks for this list! This is out of stock but this is exactly what I'm looking for:

https://keeb.io/collections/frontpage/products/quefrency-60-split-staggered-keyboard?variant=12204552880222

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@joric joric commented Sep 18, 2018

A whole family of wireless splits I worked on https://github.com/joric/bluetosis (see end of README). Split keyboards are generally bad, your old typing habits become pretty much nil and you need different muscle memory for every possible distance between keyboard halves.

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@ta1hia ta1hia commented Oct 30, 2018

been using matias ergo pro for about a year now (avg ~3 days a week) and i definitely have a number of keys that are ghosting/jammed up. i don't recommend it.

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@mexilence mexilence commented Nov 20, 2018

Thanks for the good list. Are there any non-split ergo mechanical keyboards? If not, is there some physical limitation as to why that can't be? Thanks.

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@sad2project sad2project commented Dec 27, 2018

The ultimate hacking keyboard doesn't have dedicated arrow keys, but it has them on another layer that is super quick to access. I'd argue that it's better than dedicated arrow keys because you can keep your hands in their normal place to use them.

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@sad2project sad2project commented Dec 27, 2018

Thanks for the good list. Are there any non-split ergo mechanical keyboards? If not, is there some physical limitation as to why that can't be? Thanks.

X-bows is the only one I can find, though why not go split?

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@mondalaci mondalaci commented Jan 26, 2019

@itod I'm glad that according to the list, the UHK is ungly, not ugly. The latter would be a shocker. In case you meant the former, would you explain what makes it ugly? Disclaimer: I'm the founder of the UHK. See UHK pictures at https://ultimatehackingkeyboard.com/ for reference.

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@awan1 awan1 commented Feb 7, 2019

Thanks for the list! Seconding the addition of keeb.io - I like the Iris

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@sarphiv sarphiv commented Feb 21, 2019

@mondalaci I'm not the author but here are some of the reasons why I did not buy a UHK.

1. Inefficient use of top space

The slanted top increases the maximum height of the keyboard. This means the bounding box of the keyboard is made larger. This e.g. has implications for putting the keyboard into a backpack.
This increase in height would have been ok if it was not slanted. The slant reduces the amount of usable space from the top - especially towards the right and left edges - even though the bounding box is bigger. Inefficient.

Besides the above. The overall shapes in the keyboard are very rectangular. The slant breaks away from your own design pattern.

2. The display/status indicators.

The top display is rather basic in its capabilities yet it takes up a significant amount of space.
The status icons are in my opinion too big and the icon style feels "fat". I subjectively do not like it.
The 14-segment display is too big in my opinion relative to what it offers.

Removing the slant, making the top fully rectangular would allow you to utilize your space more efficiently (bounding box).
You could then potentially fit in a display on the top. This display would not only fulfill the function of the status indicators - but with easy modding support - it could be used for anything (it seems like you are targeting a niche technical market with your keyboard).

Or maybe removing the top part could be an option (other keyboards do this). You have cables sticking out vertically either way so the small form factor might be better. The status indicators could be replaced by labelled RGB LEDs.

3. Inefficient use of key space

This is a split keyboard - People who buy split keyboards probably type in a relatively structured way and want to type even more ergonomically/efficiently. One of the biggest selling points (for me at least) is the easy remapping and layers the keyboard offers. The purpose of this is (in my opinion) to increase the amount of easily accessible symbols/functions a user can access (The following is based on the ISO UHK).
I absolutely adore your work on the left half of the keyboard. Especially the splitting of keys you have made on the bottom-most row.
The right half is where the issues begin to arise. Our fingertips are relatively small, they do not need much space on a key for the key to be easily usable. The Ctrl key on the right half is huge. This comes at the cost of the removal of the Apps Key. The same could be said for the Shift key right above. I am going to guess that most people hit the Right Shift key on the left-most side. Splitting Shift into two keys, and then letting the left-most key be Shift would give us one extra key.
I dislike your choice of choosing to use the ANSI style enter key on the right hand side. I have been following UHK since the very beginning so I know your reasons. I will present why I dislike the choice.
I prefer the ISO layout because the amount of keys that are within quick reach is larger than the ANSI layout. You get the ISO key on the left hand side, and on the right hand side, you get one extra easily reachable key on the home row. The ANSI layout pushes this "home row" key away and up. My little finger is no longer able to reach the key in its new position without a hand movement - That's one less easily accessible key. I know key caps of arbitrary sizes might be hard to source, but at $350 for a keyboard... a solution should exist.

You might argue that few use the Apps Key and the previously mentioned key that would be pushed up and away by the ANSI style Enter.
I agree. But the UHK is a fully remappable keyboard - What the keys were before does not matter. The only thing that matters (in my opinion) is whether the keys are easily reachable, since any key can be anything.

In my case, I heavily rely on the "home row" key that has been displaced by the ANSI enter - Yes, I use it more than Enter in my work.

Ending remarks

I like your keyboard - so many good small thoughts have been put into it - I especially like the left hand side (especially the bottom-most row). Hopefully the next version (maybe even with a columnar layout?) will be it for me.

I hope my thoughts answered your question - even though the question wasn't meant for me.

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@cgkades cgkades commented Mar 4, 2019

The let's split is awesome and is my daily driver. Its an ortholiniar 40% that's programmed using the QMK software. It's a DIY keyboard that can be found on keeb.io going by the Levnison name. It does take some getting used to as it's a 40%, but since it uses QMK, it's very versatile.

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@mondalaci mondalaci commented Apr 6, 2019

@sarphiv Thanks for sharing your opinion! I appreciate it.

The use of top space may be inefficient, but the use of depth is more efficient than for any other keyboard which utilizes MX switches. The UHK is unusually thin for a mechanical keyboard, and we've put great effort into its design it as such. One cannot design a keyboard with efficient space utilization in every dimension, so a tradeoff must be made. Given how thin the UHK is, it may fit better in a backpack than other 60% keyboards depending on the available space.

The display doesn't take up any extra space. The space would have been used anyways for the 4P4C connectors of the bridge cable. 4P4C is the most robust connector I can think of, phone cables are retractable, various lenghts of cables are readily available, and they don't come apart by accident. Form follows function is one of our guiding design principles.

It will be possible to make the display show arbitrary content as you suggest.

As for the shape, it largely depends on whether the UHK is split or merged. Almost everyone uses it split which makes the top edges parallel in which case it looks much better than when merged. Given this reason, I don't think it'd have made sense to kill the top slant and take up more space at the top just to make the shape rectangular.

Small correction: the UHK costs $275, not 350. If you're an individual from the EU than it's definitely higher due to the Hungarian VAT. You should purchase it as a company if possible to avoid the VAT.

I personally disagree about the layout, but I understand your preferences and respect them. We'll release further UHKs of different layouts eventually. Feel free to subscribe to the monthly UHK newsletter, so that we can keep you in the loop.

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@tomsaleeba tomsaleeba commented Aug 31, 2019

There's a similar listing at https://github.com/diimdeep/awesome-split-keyboards.

Also, this post links to this Google Sheet with a big list.

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@germ germ commented Jan 23, 2020

Don't forget all the weird sub-40% keyboards like GergoPlex or Let's Split Eh. If that's too extreme there's always options such as Gergo or Iris. Some boards also support lower profile switches (Such as Kailh Choc) which can help with wrist issues or do away with wrist rests entirely. All my boards use them because of ergonomic reasons.

Also if you're looking into splits for the first time, try a modern board with columnar stagger. It aligns the keys better to the finger that should be hitting them and allows for easier touch typing.

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@tjbortz1s tjbortz1s commented Feb 15, 2020

I have a matias and it's total crap after a few years. The height adjusting bits snapped after just a few months of being in tilt mode and the keys are starting to fail on it after a few years of use. Avoid at all costs.

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@BrokenFlows BrokenFlows commented May 18, 2020

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@buguibu buguibu commented May 19, 2020

@BrokenFlows , I as an ErgoDox user and basing my opinion just from the pictures I would say that the layout is extra weird by the extra keys where I should rest my palm hands, if you are keyboard collector or want it for very ocasional typing give it a try but not for main keyboard at that price.

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@Synectome Synectome commented Sep 30, 2020

The moonlander keyboard blows away most of these~ cutomizable-mech-split-ortholinear keyb https://www.zsa.io/moonlander/

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@germ germ commented Sep 30, 2020

It really doesn't. It's way to big for current ergonomic keyboards and uses an outdated design.

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@martin-wanderer martin-wanderer commented Oct 2, 2020

Mistel has 75% Mistel Barocco MD770RGB BT now. I would prefer 80% (tkl) but this is close enough

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@Zap Zap commented Oct 21, 2020

The domain for the Axios has expired and is no longer available.

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@splitkb splitkb commented Oct 23, 2020

One more keyboard to perhaps consider: I'm selling the Kyria as a DIY PCB kit on splitkb.com.

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@hackedWifi hackedWifi commented Oct 24, 2020

I am trying to find a split mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX red silent or similar. I am not a gamer. I just like the feeling of mechanical keyboards. Does anyone have any suggestions on keyboards with similar switches as the Cherry MX red silent?

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@martin-wanderer martin-wanderer commented Oct 24, 2020

I am trying to find a split mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX red silent or similar. I am not a gamer. I just like the feeling of mechanical keyboards. Does anyone have any suggestions on keyboards with similar switches as the Cherry MX red silent?

Exactly what you ask for
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=836

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@hackedWifi hackedWifi commented Oct 24, 2020

I am trying to find a split mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX red silent or similar. I am not a gamer. I just like the feeling of mechanical keyboards. Does anyone have any suggestions on keyboards with similar switches as the Cherry MX red silent?

Exactly what you ask for
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=836

I already check that site. They are not available (out of stock) on the red silents

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@MrDach MrDach commented Nov 4, 2020

The Diverge and Comfort Keyboard Split Magic Keyboard links seem to be dead.

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@Qix- Qix- commented Nov 7, 2020

The dygma's keys are 100% rebindable, and they encourage it. You can thus make your own arrow keys however you like.

Further, they're being very transparent about the tenting situation and will be releasing a solution to it soon. Others have made makeshift tenting hacks and say it's very comfortable and usable (at least for the form of the keyboard itself).

So the comment on the post isn't really that fair.

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@Ashtonian Ashtonian commented Nov 15, 2020

the new e BAROCCO MD770 RGB BT is the only split bluetooth mechanical I've seen. Hoping others with better qa standards follow suit.

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@veerxyz veerxyz commented Nov 26, 2020

liking the list tbh

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@tintinthong tintinthong commented Dec 13, 2020

Bruv thanks for the listing

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@wuno wuno commented Jan 2, 2021

Ultimate Hacking Keyboard is the best keyboard I have ever used. The new version looks great and I can not wait to get my hands on it!

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@paraduxos paraduxos commented Jan 4, 2021

ZSA Moonlander is another new 60% that looks really great.

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@bvizzier bvizzier commented Jan 10, 2021

I'm curious as to what you mean by "effective tenting."

I've used a Kinesis Freestyle Pro (work) and an Kinesis Gaming RGB (home), both with Cherry MX Brown, for a couple of years with the Kinesis tenting solution. Their solution supports 5, 10, 15 degree tents. I have found 5-10 to be comfortable for me with a shoulder distance separation between the keypads.

Note: This is not an endorsement of the Kinesis. I stumbled across this as I'm researching better split keyboards. I selected the Kinesis a couple of years ago as a quick choice due to arthritis in my shoulders and needing a keyboard that allows me to work with a more open shoulder position. They are serviceable, but not great.

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@jimmywan jimmywan commented Feb 4, 2021

I'm curious as to what you mean by "effective tenting."

I've used a Kinesis Freestyle Pro (work) and an Kinesis Gaming RGB (home
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Note: This is not an endorsement of the Kinesis. I stumbled across this as I'm researching better split keyboards. I selected the Kinesis a couple of years ago as a quick choice due to arthritis in my shoulders and needing a keyboard that allows me to work with a more open shoulder position. They are serviceable, but not great.

Did you find something better? I've been using Microsoft Natural Keyboards for ages and am used to the split design, but their newer models seem to have gone downhill in terms of hardware quality.

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@dimaqq dimaqq commented Feb 10, 2021

Lily58 (4 variants/versions) https://github.com/kata0510/Lily58

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@joaopgrassi joaopgrassi commented Feb 20, 2021

In this quest as well.. I've been using a MS Sculpt for 4 years and it's been great for my pain. If I switch to a normal keyboard the pain immediately starts after just a few minutes. Now that the keys are failing, had to replace a few I'm looking at a mech one. Wanted it for a while.

I just loved the UHK. Everything about it seems perfect except the lack of arrow/f* keys. As a developer I use them a lot so I'm a bit concerned about using the mod key to access them. Might be fine and I get used to it.. but it costs around 400 euros since I'm buying as a private person. That's a bit way out of my budget (or willingness) to spend for a keyboard.

Leaning towards more a Kinesis freestyle pro with the kit/palm rest as I think that resembles the MS Sculpt more. But I'm also concerned about the fact that the macro software doesn't work on Linux (might not be a problem at all..) and that it seems a bit too big.

The Mistel Barocco MD770 has arrow and F* keys, so it seems like the best of both worlds. But the tilting seems a bit too basic and limited.. also no palm rests so I'm not sure it will be good ergo-wise. Plus I can't find to buy it in any place in the EU. Only on https://mechkeyboards.co.uk.. but now with Brexit god knows about importing and tax

So yeah.. not sure what to do now. If the UHK gave me either F* or arrow keys I would bite the bullet and buy one. @mondalaci is that something you guys have in your plans or not happening at all?

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@wuno wuno commented Feb 20, 2021

@joaopgrassi the UHK is the best keyboard I have ever used. Using the "Mod" key is basically the point of the keyboard though so it will come into play much more often than when you need arrow keys.

Think of it as similar to when you need to press shift key to get a capital letter instead of pressing the caps lock key. That is how using the mod key feels to me. I never use caps lock and always hold key shift down when needing caps, so transitioning to UHK has been very easy and appealing.

I hope you get a chance to experience it. The people who made it are trust worthy and committed. Really appreciate their team for the hard work they are doing on this keyboard. New ones ship in March I believe which are backlit and hot-swappable!

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@mondalaci mondalaci commented Feb 20, 2021

@wuno Thanks for your kind words and support! Yes, the UHK 60 v2 is backlit and hot-swappable.

@joaopgrassi We'll release UHKs of different layouts eventually, and some of them will be better suited for you than the actual version. You're welcome to subscribe to the monthly UHK newsletter, and we'll keep you updated.

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@martin-wanderer martin-wanderer commented Feb 20, 2021

@joaopgrassi I've been using Microsoft Natural over 10 years ( and still do so at work) but have bought Mistel Barocco MD770 around 5 months ago. So, though Natural is not exactly Sculpt, I hope my experience could be of some relevance.
First - MD770 is great. I really love it, it's sound, it's feeling. It's a space saver at my home workplace.
However it has downsides.

  • 75% - I think I would never get accustomed to it. While missing numpad is just slightly inconvenient, lacking of navigation block is critical. Ins, Del, End... I'm still watching on the keyboard every time I need to press some hotkey like Ctrl+Ins, Shift+Del or Ctrl+Home.
  • No Menu key - never knew I really use it.
  • Two halves of keyboard should be connected mechanically - you break hands positioning every time you move keyboard otherwise.

Now I ordered some new keyboard very similar to Microsoft: https://c9ergo.com/products/cloud-nine-c989m-ergonomic-keyboard

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@joaopgrassi joaopgrassi commented Feb 20, 2021

@wuno Yeah the UHK is by far the most appealing to me. I like how compact and sturdy it looks. The fact that the new version has hot swap also is very nice. A big plus for me is also that it's based in the EU and they really seem to care for the customers. Like I said, I would probably get used to using the mod keys. The only blocker really it's the price, hehe. Maybe I'll get around by buying via a company.. we'll see.

@wuno how is your exp with the tilting angles? Does it have levels of tilting or just no tilting and tilting? The Kinesis one has 2 levels I think, which is nice to adjust.

@mondalaci thanks for the info! I'll def sign up for it. Any rough ideas of when these plans would happen? Just to find out if the wait is worth haha.

@martin-wanderer nice, I also used the MS natural at work but to me that it's waaay too big. I loved the Barocco MD770 but I can't find to buy in the EU.. only in the UK with UK layout which I would prefer not too. Wish there were more vendors in the EU =/

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@wuno wuno commented Feb 20, 2021

@wuno how is your exp with the tilting angles? Does it have levels of tilting or just no tilting and tilting? The Kinesis one has 2 levels I think, which is nice to adjust.

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The original UHK has legs that you attach and can move around to your preference. I found myself setting it once and never changing it again. The new one supposedly has better legs that I read will attach easier.

I like mine to be identical to the animation at this link - https://ultimatehackingkeyboard.com/manuals/uhk60pr2/tenting

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@mondalaci mondalaci commented Feb 20, 2021

In all honesty, additional UHK versions may take years to be manufactured.

As for the tilting / tenting possibilities of the UHK 60 v2, check out its onboarding guide, which we've recently taken to the next level. Go with the flow, and you'll find some very fancy and illustrative animations as the one @wuno linked.

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@wuno wuno commented Feb 20, 2021

@mondalaci Can you let me know when your team is mailing out my V2 and modules? :)

@joaopgrassi If I get my keyboard by my birthday, March 5th, I will mail you my UHK V1 for free!

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@joaopgrassi joaopgrassi commented Feb 20, 2021

@wuno whaat haha, are you serious? That's another level of kindness! I wont argue for sure :P.
@mondalaci, whoa that's a nice doc page, well done! Damn all you, making me on the edge of buying one! :D

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@mondalaci mondalaci commented Feb 22, 2021

@wuno Please check out our blog. We always include the most up-to-date ETA in our monthly posts. Thanks for your patience!

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@verchalent verchalent commented Mar 17, 2021

It seems like many are on the same journey that I am. I have been using a Kinesis Freestyle Pro for a while after coming from MS Ergos (Natural > 4000 > Sculpt). As much as I like the Kinesis, it's big and I miss the combination of tenting and reverse tilt. I'm curious where some of the others on this path have landed. The UHK looks super interesting. It doesn't look like there is a rev-tilt + tent option, but it does look like I could make/print something to achieve the effect.

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@mondalaci mondalaci commented Mar 17, 2021

@verchalent Thanks for your interest! See the UHK mounting layout and this 3D printed tenting stand. You should also be able to screw screws into the bronze inserts of the UHK with rubber parts on their ends to implement combined negative tilting and tenting. You may be interested in additional UHK modding guides, too.

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@verchalent verchalent commented Mar 17, 2021

@mondalaci Thanks for the quick response. Really appreciate that the founder is replying on github and how mod friendly you guys are. That plus the modules concept was the push I needed. Looking forward to giving it a try.

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@jimmywan jimmywan commented Mar 17, 2021

Follow-Up on switch from MS Natural to Kinesis Edge

Summary

Decided to jot down my notes in hopes that it's helpful to someone else.
After using Microsoft Natural kbs for 20+ years (Original, Elite, 4000), I wanted a switch.

I've switched to a Kinesis Edge using Cherry MX Red with the Lift Kit. After about a month, I'm happy with my choice that's had a fairly minimal learning curve. Currently using the 10 degree lift (middle setting) and ~8" separation to nestle a Logitech M500s between the KB halves.

Context

I'm a professional software engineer that mostly touch-types without textbook technique.
No history of major RSIs, just conscious of avoiding hand/wrist pain that hasn't flared up in a very long time.
I did find myself needing to regularly schedule deep tissue massages, and especially wanted to avoid that during the pandemic.
I use a Leopold FC200RT/AB (TenKeyless with Cherry MX Browns) for home use/gaming (that I no longer have time for).

Design Considerations

  • Split layout was a must-have.
  • No need for a keypad and working area is a touch constrained, so full numeric keypads were generally eliminated early.
  • While I was fine with the hand-positioning layout of my Microsoft Natural Original/Elite (no more wrist/hand issues), I did find myself subconsciously slouching. This resulted in chest tightness and knots between my shoulder blades. As such, split halves were high on the wants list (little to no downside other than cost/availability).
  • The MS 4000 had an absolutely awful spacebar that didn't like off-center hits, so didn't want to keep using it.
  • I did like the idea of backlit keys as I sometimes like to keep a relatively dark home office to minimize glare.
  • No interest in portability.
  • Preference for wired USB over bluetooth.
  • Primary target OS is MacOS, and possible future use with Windows, but I don't care about mismatched keycaps.
  • No real interest in keycap colors, customizability, programmable colors, macros, etc.
  • Key remapping was a nice-to-have, but built-in MacOS tooling likely would have satisfied my needs.

Alternatives

  • Eliminated more exotic layouts (ortholinear, etc) since II didn't want to fight with a possibly long learning curve.
  • Eliminated Goldtouch due to non-adjustable split and common complaints about build quality.
  • Considered going back to Microsoft, but I tend to avoid wireless KBs for desktop applications (one more thing to go wrong) and the Sculpt seems to have a lot of complaints about wireless connectivity.
  • Didn't want tactile keys for noise considerations, but didn't need "silent" keys.
  • Looked into the Kinesis Freestyle Pro, but the awkward product configurations required to buy a palm rest and tent kit would have put me back in the same price range without backlit keys.
  • "Professionalism" or lack thereof associated with a "gaming" keyboard is a non-issue. Can always turn off backlit keys if that was really a big deal.
  • Ignored DIY options due to time considerations.
  • Was definitely skewed by reading Wirecutter, but certainly scoured the internet for many first-hand experiences like this github repo.
  • Briefly browsed drop.com, but needed something semi-immediately and didn't want to wait.

Details

  • Even with a modest split, I've found that i can keep my chest open and my shoulders stay relaxed, avoiding the subconscious shoulder slouching that used to result in misc upper back/chest tightness. I haven't found myself wanting to adjust front/back tilt.
  • Currently using an 8 inch split with a slight angle due to space considerations, but will likely switch to something even wider or even variable.
  • Learning curve from previous KBs was smooth. In week one, I occasionally found myself settling on the wrong home row with my right hand, but that's likely 100% non-representative user error. The FJ keys have the usual homing nub, and I haven't had any issues since.
  • No complaints so far about stability or build quality. I thought I had identified a key with a slightly squeaky spring in my first week, but it appears to be completely gone now.
  • Keystrokes aren't silent, but they are quiet enough that they don't bother neighboring home office/sleeping quarters.
  • I tried the remapping process just to try it and it was fairly easy to follow the instructions, albeit unintuitive without the manual. Probably could have just used MacOS key remapping to do what I did. Will likely consider taking advantage of the double spacebars and try remapping backspace or delete.
  • Note that KB was refurbished, direct from Kinesis as I couldn't locate one from an authorized reseller anywhere. Came with full warranty and only a mild discount as compared to new. Given the option, I probably would have purchased new, but I noticed no particular issues with mine (cosmetic or otherwise).
  • I did update the firmware (probably not necessary and tried a few of the built-in color schemes, but found most of them to be kinda ridiculous(waves seem distracting). Eventually settled upon Program-6 (solid blue).
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@joaopgrassi joaopgrassi commented Mar 18, 2021

After giving it a lot of thought (probably more than I should..) I decided to try out the Mistel Barocco MD770. It had the form factor I wanted (F and arrow keys) and with a good price.
Initially I let go of it, because I didn't find any store selling them in the EU, but after contacting Mistel, they forwarded me this Dutch store: https://www.ergowerken.nl/md770-zwart-mechanisch-gesplitst-toetsenbord.html

Which I contacted and their customer support was awesome. They answered all my questions about the keyboard, even sent me pictures of it. Mistel also sells now a palm rest pad to go along with the keyboard.

Mine will be arriving later this month, so I'll update my findings here so you all know.

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@janniks janniks commented Apr 13, 2021

Missing my personal favorite: the Helix ⌨️

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