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Discussion on: Moving to Split Keyboard AND new layout!

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joshinat0r

It's a custom build keyboard (some shops will sell build ones), so you buy a Case, PCB & MCU and solder some switches onto it and slap you own keycaps on.

Legends on split boards are somewhat pointless, just because the layout is vastly different for each person because of QMK (you can flash custom layouts onto the keyboard).
Those are cherry caps, meaning every row has a different height. Most sets that could cover ortholinear (meaning only 1u keys) are QWERTY anyways (Colemak/Workman/Dvorak support are rare). OP would need to get an unsculpted profile (like DSA) to get proper legends.
It's not like you look much at the keyboard when touchtyping, at least when you're typing on a layout that you're familiar with.

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Daniel Mayovsky Author

Those are OEM keycaps, so they are a little taller than Cherry. Reverse R1 for thumb keys is really comfy :) Although I will probably get a custom wrist rest for this anyways, because reaching numbers on this thing is surprisingly farther than you'd anticipate.

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joshinat0r

Never really liked wrist rest for split boards, always felt like I had to adjust them every time I reach for the mouse.

Ended up with low profile on my Lilys (Chocs & no case & rubber feets underneath the PCB) instead and find it much more comfortable because the hand ist resting on the table without having to bend my wrists too much.
But its a dangerous rabbit hole, starts with one basic split keyboard and ends with intricate keymaps and a drawer full of builds because you had to try another keyboard with slightly more staggered pinkies.

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Daniel Mayovsky Author

Yeah I've seen quite a few members on Discord that have like 15 split keyboards :)
I'm thinking of my next build to be Chocs with a tiny acrylic case at most, and MBK keycaps. But that's somewhere in the future. I have to get used to this keyboard first, before I decide whether I want another split :)