I don’t currently have a mechanical keyboard but I’m pretty keen to get one. I’ve been looking at different keyboards for a while, and while I don’t think I’m being too picky, I haven’t found one that looks right for me.
I would love to hear recommendations or thoughts and opinions on the keyboards I’ve looked at below.
- An ergonomic layout with: negative tilt, some tenting, wrist rest.
- 75% or 80% ISO layout (I am in the UK). Apologies if I’ve gotten the terminology wrong here, but I would like function keys and arrow keys. I don’t mind if the arrow keys are smushed up beside shift+enter, or separated a little.
- Not a “niche” layout like ortholinear with thumb clusters, etc. I sometimes share the computer or do pair programming, so need other people to be able to use the keyboard without too much frustration.
- Bonus points for a volume knob.
I really like the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard I have currently (images) - and would love to find a mechanical equivalent. (Okay, the function keys are garbage, but I love the other aspects.)
UHK 60 v2 - Seems to get very good reviews, but clearly not the layout size I would like.
Mistel Barocco MD770 - Has a key layout I think I would get on with, but doesn’t appear particularly ergonomic. No tenting or negative tilt, no wrist rest. It’s “just” a normal boxy keyboard that has been chopped.
YMDK Split 75% kit - Same issue as the MD770, maybe?
Kinesis Freestyle Edge - Actually quite tempted by this one. Would be interested in opinions.
ErgoDox EZ - Not keen on the ortholinear layout.
Okay, probably I am being too picky…