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This is my new keyboard. It’s an Ergodox. It’s a custom, programmable, ergonomic, split-design keyboard. The design and firmware for it are open-source. The parts list to build one is listed on the Ergodox site, and will set you back about $175. You’ll still need to put it together, or you can do what I did and buy one someone is selling.
I had been wanting one for a while, but only recently got serious about buying one. I already knew what kind of mechanical switch I wanted (Cherry MX clear), but I wasn’t picky about much else with it. I saw this one for sale at Geekhack, and not only did it have the switches I wanted, it also had a stainless steel and acrylic case with the option to modify the switches with lighter springs. I bought it immediately and once it arrived I added o-rings to dampen the feel of the keys and blank PBT DSA keycaps. I also bought the wrist rests for it through Massdrop.
It has multiple custom layers, so when I switch between layers the keys’ values will change. By default the keys are a modified Colemak layout, but I can switch to another layer that is the standard QWERTY layout that most keyboards use. I also have two other layers for function keys, a number pad and other custom values.
So far I haven’t really had much trouble getting used to the blank caps, and I was already used to the layout because of my previous keyboard - a Kinesis Advantage. I mess up numbers every now and then, and sometimes I mess up my passwords that I manually enter. Overall though I’m loving using it, and don’t see myself switching back to a standard keyboard.
Chris Ruzin is a Web developer living in Austin, Texas. This site is basically a place where Chris blurts out whatever is on his mind, whenever he feels like it. Sometimes it’s something funny. Other times it’s insightful. Other times you might wonder what kind of glue he’s been sniffing. All he asks is that you leave a comment if you have something to say.
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