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I imagine someone has answered this already, but there are 191 pages of comments lol. Wondering how people feel about gaming and programming on the ergodox? I have a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard right now but it's wearing out on me, and I tried a Planck, but it just wasn't for me.
Done some programming and a lot of gaming on my ergodox. Programming can get tricky at points because you have to remember where you put that weird symbol you never use (I'm looking at you "|") but you quickly get used to it. The benefit of not having to stretch your pinkies every time you want to backspace and enter is a huge plus for programming. Gaming has been ok for me, but your mileage may very. I haven't had any issues with games not recognizing the keyboard (something my friends custom built struggles with) but I often have issues because I use the Dvorak layout. This is less of a problem with the keyboard and more of a problem with my hipster layout style.
Gotta love that pipe lol. Anyone have thoughts on switches for this usage? I was thinking either Matias Quiet Pro's (I have a friend with the Clicky ones who says they are great) or Gateron Browns. I tried Reds, but they were just a bit too light for me and I constantly did weird twitchy double taps on them on accident...
I program daily on an (original) ergodox and I love it. A bit of adaptation at the start but that's it. I'm also crazy and have things set up for Programmer's Dvorak though.
I haven't done gaming but am considering getting a second in this drop for home, where it would see some of that action. I imagine I might configure it so that I can drop into a standard qwerty layer to avoid the sort of problems Aquin mentioned where not all games play nicely with alternative layouts.
I'm still pretty new to the world of keyboards, what's beneficial about Dvorak for programming? I've heard a lot of people have switched to it. Is it just more intuitive?
Also, holy cow I just checked the shipping date on this thing. Freaking August? I mean, I waited longer than that to get my Planck, but still... that feels like ages away when I have to mash my B key just be able to use my Force Staff in dota lol. This rubber dome is dyin...
Dvorak requires less movement to access the most common used keys, you can read more at www.reddit.com/r/dvorak
As for the Force Staff issue, just play nothing but QoP and you won't have that issue /s
On top of the normal dvorak letter rearrangement, the programmer's variant works to make symbols commonly used in programming easier to hit. Notably, the number row is altered such that symbols are un-shifted and shift is required to get to the digits.
Rough guide: QWERTY was designed to keep the keys of manual typewriters from jamming together; Dvorak was designed to split common letter pairs between each hand; Colemak and Workman were designed to minimize finger movement ... and then there are the people who go down the rabbit hole by designing their own layouts ...
I'm a web developer & gamer - I'm making the transition to Colemak (via Tarmak), and while this choice is very subjective, based on my research & experience so far I'd recommend Colemak. It's a very well-rounded layout that doesn't require you to learn an entirely new layout coming from Qwerty - most common shortcut keys stay put (qazxcv), and L/R division is mostly unchanged.
I'm a programmer & have been using a classic 'dox daily for two years. It's great, I'd never go back. It took a few weeks to adapt to, but being able to put keys anywhere has been great. I have a layer that puts all the symbols from the number keys on the home row, which makes them much easier to reach.
I haven't tried an Infinity at all, but I hope the TMK firmware gets fleshed out for it more. You can do some really great stuff with it.