I would guess these days most people learn to type on laptops and tablets on very cramped keyboards to begin with. They may never have realized the benefit of having some spatial separation between key blocks. Even Apple’s compact Magic Keyboard smashes all the keys together.
This, I think without that post it could be a pretty swell feeling board. I did the same with a tofu and it felt really nice, I hear it’s even better when you use orings right under the pcb and go plateless as well.
It’s interesting how many people do this and say how much better the feel is and KBDfans hasn’t noticed… If it doesn’t do anything but add to the experience, I wonder what keeps them from producing boards without the center post.
I think it can be an attractive pull for some newer members in the hobby who pride themselves in practicality.
You know, the people who think, “well it has all the keys I need in the most compact form, therefore its the most efficient keyboard!”
Without realizing why TKLs and full sized boards have physical separation between typing clusters.
This was my exact thought process, you read my mind. Literally created an account here just to ask if you could perhaps elaborate more on why I might be underestimating the cluster separation?
Cluster separation is mostly important due to muscle memory. Navigating across the “chasm” between the typing cluster and your navigation keys is actually pretty helpful for your body/mind to segment those areas on the keyboard.
When everything is cramped together, it becomes much easier to either not develop the muscle memory for that nav key, or simply to fat finger it and accidentally hit the wrong key.
You slip hitting the esc or 1 key? hope you don’t mind F1’s help menu popping up (depending on the program), etc etc etc.
Also aesthetically many don’t find it looking as nice.