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  • I guess there are probably multiple schools of thought on that, right? Some people would be so locked into their muscle memory that it would be aggravating. For some other people, typing is kind of like playing an instrument and they have that mental plasticity where knowing one “instrument” helps them adapt quickly to a new one. Mentally, I type very much as a hybrid activity blending hand-eye coordination and muscle memory. I can type reasonably well on a non-split ortho, by my standards, but it doesn’t feel better. Splits mess with my head and give me whiplash though, because nothing is anywhere near where it’s supposed to be, purely in my physical field of vision, and the centerline has always been sort of a vague suggestion for me.

    You could well adapt very quickly. MicroCenter in the US sells a pretty cheap Planck, and KPRepublic has some reasonably priced ones that go bigger.


  • Conceptually, I love it, and I’m subbed to [email protected] but I never learned to touch type properly, so their charms are wasted on me. I even made two handwired ones to try it out (a Planck with an extra column and an ill-considered fixed-wire split that demands either a full 1u pinkie column stagger or none at all), and it turns out I like building more than I like practicing typing. I plug the planck in from time to time when working on something that’s normally headless, but I have grown fond of trundling along at 60-70 wpm on these slightly cursed 1800 variations.

    Actually making another one wouldn’t be all that hard. I did a somewhat low-profile numpad that’s basically half of an ortho split anyway.


  • Are there low profile split type keyboards I should be considering?

    A Moonlander is an evolution of the ergodox layout, and I don’t think you’d have too much trouble switching between. Slicemk.com has some wireless low-pro versions, but I can’t personally vouch for any particular vendor. There have been other variations, like the ReDox, that try to bring the thumb cluster in closer.

    If I like U4Ts, what type of switches should I be looking at for low profile tactiles but not too thocky and loud?

    In my experience, keycaps and plate make more of a difference when it comes to sheer amount of sound.


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    If you really meant SDA and not DSA, then you may have lucked out. SDA is sculpted, and such profiles can be notoriously tricky to fit to ergo/ortho/weird boards.

    XDAL looks to be just the top 75% or so of XDA, so more similar in height to DSA but with the top surface of XDA. Frankly, while I find XDA’s keytops a teensy bit large, I find DSA to go a bit too far in the other direction, and if forced to pick one or the other, I’d go XDA. XDA molds spread so quickly among clone makers that it became an unfashionable choice, but they’re wonderfully versatile and easy to source.

    Your keycaps in particular work well with the profile and your build. I like them.


  • For sound, apart from clicky, keyboard and keycaps will have more of an effect on sound, particularly if, like most people, you bottom out while typing. The operational bits of both tactile and linear switches are not inherently all that noisy, though over time people can definitely hear a difference. For “thock,” thick PBT keycaps and a board with lots of foam should be a decent start. The terms are notoriously variable though, and Hipyo, fun as he is, is not trying to wow anybody with acoustic science. Stuff the case with, well, stuff (or, these days, buy a board where the factory already has), and you’ll get a fairly flat, deep sound profile that is not unpleasant.

    Or so I am told, LOL. WTF do I know? I love big dumb loud clickies, the heavier the better.




  • Yeah, your average rubber dome membrane keyboard is a mushy and awful version of a tactile typing experience. The office clearing noisy board that some people think of when mechanical keyboards are mentioned is a clicky.

    The linear don’t have any specific bump you just push and the spring resists and eventually the switch makes a connection and sends the key press.











  • Many years ago, I was on a road trip and sent my wife a postcard from Cooter, Missouri. I was absolutely crestfallen when it arrived postmarked “Steele” or some boring shit from the next town over. I don’t remember if I adjusted my route to pass through Weiner, Arkansas, and therefore I probably didn’t, but I should have.



  • I have mostly disengaged from participating on Reddit, but I still pop in for hobby and special-interest subs, which have been slow to really build traction on Lemmy.

    I only have one comment like that, but in checking the poster’s history, it just looks like they dived head-first into the fountain pen rabbit hole last year. I think in my case it might be a product of the Google deal and their promoting reddit in search queries by default. Pretty easy for a regular user to search “what fountain pen did the dr. cox actor have in Office space?” and forget to check the date before throwing a (likely correct) answer in there.