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van_dachs OP t1_jdn9sfm wrote

I was using a 40 for a few months exclusively already. I had this old planck laying around that I wanted to freshen up to use as my office keyboard. That lead me down a rabbit hole of experimenting with different layouts and this is what I ended up with. A split 36 key layout. I even managed to fit practical gaming layers to play FPS games with. Well, onto daily driving this thing until it either drives me insane or wrecks normal keyboards for me forever.

Drop planck acryllic, running Vial, Domikey WoB, Boba U4s.


HadouKang t1_jdnab74 wrote

Nice job! Moving the home rows apart is such a game changer on a small keyboard like the Planck.


van_dachs OP t1_jdnb5of wrote

Yes! I used an Alice keyboard for a while. Feels very similar now in terms of hand spacing. It also enabled me to have 3 key thumb clusters on both sides without having to weirdly tuck my thumbs in.


gdezilla t1_jdpkbej wrote

You're doing great. I knew I wanted to try split layouts from the beginning. That's why I went with ID75 which gives me a unibody split.

Gaming on ortho/split shouldn't be too bad as long as you use QWERTY. I wish more games allowed you to switch the keyboard layout so that you can keep the same physical positioning.


van_dachs OP t1_jdq3y6h wrote

I use Colemak. Nonetheless I prefer gaming in Qwerty - not because I dislike rebinding keys, but because I noticed that I use Colemak on muscle memory only (if that description makes sense to you). If the game tells me to "Press F" I'd be confused what key to press on Colemak. It's really weird.


gdezilla t1_jdrnqyw wrote

Same here. I also have a QWERTY layer because trying to translate between that an Colemak in real-time while playing a game isn't happening.