Hello, I’m looking for a keyboard that is not as wide as TLK, but has arrows and F row, so something along the lines of 75 to 85%.
But, as a heavy user of CAD and Design software I use a lot of shortcuts, and my thumb always rests on a Cmd button (I’m on a mac). Mac keyboards have 4 modifiers in the bottom left corner, and Cmd is always right under X. I’ve tried a mechanical keyboard with a regular layout, and Alt button was halfway between Z and X, and that put a lot of strain on my wrist. I could not even do Cmd+M with one hand.
+1 on what @rpiguy9907 and @rooski15 both said. Using a TKL on macos, I have my Caps key set to Cmd and I find it pretty convenient. If you don’t have QMK/VIA/Vial and just want to try different mod locations, KarabinerElements is really handy and covers options that macos’s built in Modifier Behaviour settings don’t. Its also nice if you prefer to keep a vanilla ansi layout for using your keyboard across different computers/OS’s.
Looking closer at my options Niz is Topre switches, and Matias is Alps. I am really tempted by NIZ tho. I have no idea if I will like the switches at all but the layout is perfect for what I need. I will attempt to find something with this layout with regular MX switches over the next few days, but if I fail I think I’ll go for NIZ. Thank you everyone for your advice!
The tofu you posted appears to be using the Alps64 PCB with keycaps from an Apple Extended Keyboard II. That’s the AEKII’s layout in a 60% for factor. I believe you can order the PCB and plate on Geekhack still. You’ll just have to get the keycaps and switches somewhere else.