Mechanical Keyboards

wigglytuffitout, avatar

so out of curiosity because i feel like the answer here is "still eye-bleedingly expensive", o tag, but

is there any place out there making mechanical keyboard, uh, boards? like the base you customize with keys you like etc etc?, for split keyboards? fully split down the middle, in two pieces, not just ergonomically slanted but two actual pieces of the keyboard that can be a few feet apart or more if you get a longer cable?

because not going to lie, even as i find it immensely useful and an incredibly necessary thing for me to even use a computer... i kinda want an upgrade for the split keyboard i have. with a longer cord. but it's already as long as the kinesis freestyle 2 gets lol. i am mildly dreaming of a split keyboard where the two parts are attached by like. a stupidly long cord, but done up in curlicues like wired telephones connecting base to handset so it's relatively out of the way but then can stretch across the room if you're walking and talking and also it is 1993.

i would also, not gonna lie, enjoy using prettier keys sometimes. and i feel like i am ALMOST to a point where, technically, and through the grace of my dad's really excellent "used to write articles for electronics magazines reviewing ICs" workshop up there, and health-wise, but let's be real it's mostly coasting off my dad's shit, i think i could have the ability to put together Babby's First Customized Mechanical Keyboard?? fisher-price level beginner mind you where you're basically plugging stuff into stuff into other stuff with only a little soldering or whatever. but i'm like. JUST ABOUT THERE.

i have no fucking clue if such a thing is even goddamn made, mind you. but if someone who knows about mechanical keyboards could maybe give me a heads up if this thing even exists or is doable, i would dearly love that. thank you for your wisdom, keyboard clackers

AAMfP, avatar

I bought the ErgoDash there.
They even have wireless split keyboards.

thpoll, avatar

Created a shortcut overlay for @inkscape Very satisfying to see the icons on the keycaps 🥹


gregly, avatar

@thpoll Gorgeous keyboard! I think the space keys would throw me off, though… my thumbs are too inaccurate not to have a giant spacebar-blob to hit 😆

thpoll, avatar

@gregly Thanks! I found a 2x2U Keycap, maybe that would be a big enough replacement 😉

inaction_figure, avatar

I had been wanting to try a mechanical keyboard, but I was daunted by the dizzying array of choices of components and styles.

Then I was gifted a KBDcraft Adam. I like it a lot, but the keys are SO SENSITIVE! If I THINK about the "D" key, I have typed a whole line of Ds before I can stop it.

So, now that I have "established a baseline" of the Adam and its "S² Engine" switches, what switches or other mods should I consider to add a bit of travel or effort?


inaction_figure, avatar

@petejohanson One more question. Where do you buy them? I have done a couple searches, and looked on r/MechanicalKeyboards, and I'm thinking of going with

I see they're on DigiKey as well, but their prices don't look good, unless it's more than one switch per "bag".

Thanks again!


AAMfP, avatar

Many choices and, at least for Europe, no surprises since custom fees are included in shipping expenses.
Bought some times from them, always satisfied.

sonder, avatar

It's that time again. New designs in the store!

A bunch of new Deskmat designs as well as sold out favorites are back for Pre-orders! :xoxo:

Deskmats (giiiant mousepads) are a great way to change the look of your workspace. All without committing to new peripherals. ✨

Would appreciate any shares + boosts. 💗

Take a look here:

Edge of a pastel keyboard on top of a purple pattern cat deskmat.
Edge of a pastel mechanical keyboard on top of a bright pink cat deskmat.
Wings keyboard with blush pink and grey green keycaps on top of a pink neutral toned picnic deskmat.

thpoll, avatar

Here are some pics from the transparent case I prepared for


0x17, avatar

@thpoll can’t wait - no time 😅

thpoll, avatar

@0x17 yeah, I know that feeling...

postmodern, avatar

Are there any actual testimonies that using a mechanical keyboard helped with RSI? I can find plenty of blog posts which suggest it helps, but no one who can vouch that it actually did.

thelinuxcast, avatar

@postmodern I've never heard this argument and I've been using Mechs for 20 years.

It's not about the switch, it's about the layout. RSI is all about the position of the hands and wrists, which afaik isn't affected at all by the switch.


@postmodern an ergonomic keyboard is better that a mech one, although there are brans which sell an ergonomic mech keyboard

danielzenzes, German avatar

Habe es tatsächlich geschafft meine geliebte Ducky zu schrotten und muss nun gerade auf einer low-profile Tastatur arbeiten. Fühlt sich einfach nur komisch an, obwohl ich vor ein paar Jahren noch täglich so gearbeitet habe. Immerhin ist der Ersatz unterwegs. #mechanicalkeyboards

sparsick, avatar

@danielzenzes @sebastianbasner @0x17

🙋‍♀️ heute früh

Es ist eine Ducky One 3 TKL Cosmic Blue MX Brown US Layout geworden

sparsick, avatar

@danielzenzes @sebastianbasner @0x17

Das neue Arbeitsgerät ist da 🤩


LovesTha, avatar

Designing my next minimalist currently. Currently I have:

  • One less column and one more thumb key per half compared to the current keyboard, for 5 columns and 4 thumb keys

  • Low profile thumb keys

  • Per key RGB (don't have to populate or use, but could be nice)

  • No case, going for flat desk mounting

  • Horizontal scroll wheel

  • Joycon thumbstick next to thumb cluster

Anything else that I should consider adding?

thpoll, avatar

Now I can download overlays for program specific shortcuts!

stdevel, German avatar

Oh man ey, dieses Shiba Inu-Artisan ist echt zucker:

Aber ist mir das 54 EUR wert? 🥺

ashyda, avatar
zhenech, avatar

@ashyda @stdevel habe beim linken jetzt Hannah MonTABna erwartet. Marktlücke!

shom, avatar

I use a split mechanical keyboard and miss the conveniences of layers and homerow mods on my laptop. Kanata has been an excellent option for me.

I wrote an article on using Kanata to remap any keyboard¹, with a focus on not just how but why we're running each command and what the pieces of configuration mean/do. My hope is to simplify the first steps for someone without a programming/IT background to get started. Feedback welcome!


#MechanicalKeyboard #SystemCrafting

stu, avatar

If anyone is looking for a by

It is a 60%

I am selling it for $40

JLW_the_Jobber, avatar

Drop dropped the ball on this one…. I ordered some fun keycaps and got this instead…

It doesn’t even fit my pc 😪

Wyatt, avatar

@JLW_the_Jobber I still wouldn't use this in a build

rulix, avatar

Beekeeb Piantor Pro with MBK Legend Ergo/Ortho keycap set. Much better.

Blank black keycaps look unnatural to me.

Two mechnical keyboards: ControllerWorks mini36 and Beekeeb Piantor Pro.
Two mechnical keyboards: ControllerWorks mini36 and Beekeeb Piantor Pro.

AAMfP, avatar

I'm with you: I don't like blank keycaps as well.
I'm even using to design my DSA caps labels.
Limited options, but lovely solution.

DrewNaylor, avatar

Filco makes keyboards? I thought they just made really nice and soft wrist rests (don't worry, I learned good typing posture and only use it when I don't need to type much, or when I'm not typing and need to put my elbow on something).

AAMfP, avatar

I love my Filco Majestouch 2 TKL keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches! ✌🏻

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