The Split Keyboard Experience
Sun Apr 5, 2020

For the past month or so, I've been using a split ergonomic computer keyboard, specifically this one:

For the nerds, it's a redox rev1 that I built myself with a 3d printed case and outemu blue switches.1 I apologise for the complete lack of build logs, I'll post them for my next build.

This keyboard is not only a split keyboard but also ortholinear - the letters are arranged in straight vertical lines instead of being staggered like a normal keyboard. This makes touch-typing more logical and easier and is claimed to reduce RSI, and I personally quite like it.

Getting used to this keyboard has taken a while. For the first few days I could barely type, but within a week I was able to use my computer fine without a backup keyboard and by now (almost a month later) I feel like I can type quite confidently. Not bad for somebody who couldn't touch-type at all when I started, and on blank caps. I find the split makes the keyboard more comfortable and less cramped feeling than a normal keyboard, and the ortholinear layout is a lot nicer and makes a lot more sense. After using this keyboard for a while I wonder how anybody still uses a normal one. It's just better.

Tenting

The bolts in the picture are a solution for tenting - raising the keyboard up in the middle. This is good for ergonomics as it keeps your arms in a more neutral position. I personally do not use the tenting most of the time, keeping the keyboard flat (which is worse for ergonomics, but makes typing a lot more stable).

Wrist Pain

One of the main draws of ergonomic keyboards for a lot of people is reducing wrist pain. For me personally this seems to have made no difference whatsoever.

So overall? Pretty cool. Yes, this post is badly written. Sue me.

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Yes, I know they suck, it was a bad decision for this build, doesn't change any of the rest of the post.



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