Re: [atreus] Fwd: Alternative key caps for thumbs
- Joe Schonbok
- 2015-09-08 @ 12:48
I bought a couple small packs of keycaps to get a mix of colors to help me
with the layout. I got the "DCS" = sculpted profile, row 4, which is the
most slanted. Like both of you, I put the higher edge to the inside on the
thumb keys. I like it a lot - I also like the different profile on the
modifier keycaps that I replaced - again, helps with the layout. Now that
I'm used to the layout, they help me switch back and forth between the
Atreus and a standard keyboard.
What with the mis-matched keycaps, the homemade bump keys, and the stickers
mine looks like the hobo version of the Atreus - but I love it!
On Mon, 7 Sep 2015 at 21:27 Phil Hagelberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Tom Short <email@example.com> writes:
> > I've swapped out some of my thumb keys from another keyboard. See this
> > linked pic. The main effects are:
> > * Reversed keys--I think these are OEM profile keys inserted
> > backwards. Like the "flipped space bar", there's less of a ridge, so
> > thumb presses are more comfortable.
> I ended up using sculpted caps for a prototype, but it was only because
> this was the only set I could find in prototype-friendly quantities:
> Personally I think the sculpting is a wash for the non-thumb keys; it
> really doesn't make a difference. It's a bit nicer for the 1x thumb keys
> though. The problem is no one makes caps that are sculpted in the right
> direction for the 1.5x keys. I think it would look pretty weird to mix
> it up if you couldn't get them all sculpted the right way. Different
> profiles for different rows also drives the cost up significantly; you
> have to order 4x as many keys to get the same bulk discounts.
> > * Longer middle keys--For my thumbs, this is more natural. I haven't
> > had problems pressing the ends of the longer keys.
> My experience with keys longer than 1.5x is that they tend to have a lot
> of wobble unless you introduce stabilizers. But I encourage folks to
> experiment and try to find something that works for them.