I wanted a keyboard with a numpad. However, most of the customs out there would remove the 2u 0 key in favor of (2) 1u keys which I think was done to provide an fn combo arrow function in roughly the same area. This made the numpad more awkward for me. Still, I didn’t realize how much i would miss the dedicated arrow keys. After using a vibe, I knew it would need to be addressed. I didn’t want to waste any more space on the right, even as little extra as the 1800 layout does. I like the idea of extra macro buttons, but for gaming I thought the ideal location would be on the left. The redundancy of numbers on row 1 bothered me slightly. I realize this layout would only work for uniform key profiles like DSA or SA Row 3. Maybe that could change in the future?
Is this too far fetched? The only thing that I think might be concerning to me with a layout like this is that the special characters on the original r1 numbers would take a lot of getting used to. But would I miss it as much as I did the dedicated arrows?
What do you guys think? Should it have a more HHKB layout? Does the numrow need to come back? Should I just take the whole navigation cluster (3 columns) and just plant them on the left?