Mechanical Keyboard

noppoo choc mini

This is my first mechanical keyboard, 84 keys, 65%, cherry blue switches.

profile is dsa I believe, which is quite unusual.

I've been using it everyday for few years, it works very well.

however, for mac os x, needs couple software in order to make it work.

  1. install the descriptor from here
  2. install Karabiner for keyremapping.

also, it's almost impossible to find keycaps for it, the 5u spacebar is super rare.

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[1]: http://images.jchk.net/gear/noppoo.jpg

ikbc poker

61 keys, 60%, cherry blue switches.

ikbc poker has a few variant, mine is China made, not TaiWan.

no arrow keys, not quite a problem for me since I don't need them in emacs or vim.

another nice thing about it is keycaps, standard size. usually only requires the minimum sets (means cheaper).

progrestouch retro tiny

66 keys, 65%, cherry blue switches.

"The FC660M with doubleshots"

it's the perfect layout to me, with high quality keycaps.

the only drawback is keycap size, it has two non-standard keys: 1u left win and 2.25u right shift.

which means I'll need order an extra set of keys just for those two keys.

vortex core

47 keys, 40%, cherry silver switches.

comes with beautiful keycaps, cherry silver is nice too.

it's a huge pain to use of course, extra hard for programmers.

it takes time but I can use it without much problems, with a layer designed for myself:

|------------+-------------------+----------|
| new key    | current key       | output   |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| row 1      |                   |          |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| fn + esc   | fn1 + shift + esc | ~        |
| fn + q     | fn1 + shift + tab | !        |
| fn + w     | right shift       | up       |
| fn + e     | fn1 + shift + s   | #        |
| fn + r     | fn1 + shift + d   | $        |
| fn + y     | fn1 + shift + g   | ^        |
| fn + u     | fn1 + shift + h   | &        |
| fn + i     | fn1 + shift + j   | *        |
| fn + o     | fn1 + shift + k   | (        |
| fn + p     | fn1 + shift + l   | )        |
| fn + del   | fn1 + m           | [        |
| fn + bs    | fn1 + ,           | ]        |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| row 2      |                   |          |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| fn + a     | right alt         | left     |
| fn + s     | menu              | down     |
| fn + d     | right ctrl        | right    |
| fn + f     | fn1 + shift + f   | %        |
| fn + j     | fn1 + ;           | -        |
| fn + k     | fn1 + n           | /        |
| fn + l     | fn1 + enter       | =        |
| fn + ;     | fn1 + b           | '        |
| fn + enter | fn1 + .           | \        |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| row 3      |                   |          |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| fn + x     | fn1 + shift + a   | @        |
| fn + c     | fn + u            | pageup   |
| fn + v     | fn + o            | pagedown |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| row 4      |                   |          |
|------------+-------------------+----------|
| left space | fn                | fn       |
|------------+-------------------+----------|

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