The Silo Beam Switch - Beam Spring switches for the modern era

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#41

Even for entering numbers not sure why you really would need a numpad. Just use Qmk layer and a ortholinear keyboard and you’ve got the equivalent of a numpad.


#42

What if people just like a thing


#43

I love the nonchalant “just” use an ortholinear keyboard. That’s a pretty drastic solution considering ortholinear is a very niche option.


#44

Fine they can just like it, but then they shouldn’t claim that it is absolutely needed.


#45

Is there a rational reason to not use an ortholinear (or better columnar staggered) keyboard?
IMHO there isn’t a good reason rather than “it’s what I’m used too”.

I said ortholinear, because I suspect a lot of people do not realize that they like the numpad so much because it is ortholinear (and not staggered).


#46

Why use even an ortholinear when there are ergonomic keyboards (maltron & friends) available already?

It’s not like using product FOO over BAR is ever rational. Rationality is silly and depending on perspective, which in itself is subjective.

As a more concrete reason not to use a ortho - my pinkies are too short, and I can’t comfortably use a grid-style ortho. So no rational reason to use orthos for me, even though I do because I enjoy it.


#47

Wow, this is really exciting! I’ve never tried a beam spring but really want to.
That said, I will never buy a full size keyboard, or even TKL. Since so many of us in the community are fans of smaller boards, I hope you will consider offering a more compact option.
Best of luck for this project!