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I really, really want one, but after many years of using 40% and 60% keyboards I have come to the conclusion that I NEED the dedicated function row. I know this is not the case for many, but it is for me.
I use the function row on my regular keyboard all the time, and I'm very concerned about the lack of it here. I decided to get this and make a solid attempt at making it work. Hopefully the programmability can make up for the lack of some dedicated keys.
Why not just map whatever keys you needed to the function keys? Say the top row (instead of number keys)? You are aware that you can literally map any key to any other key (or to macros and more). And then you've got layers, you could easily have a key flip between top row of numbers and a top row of function keys (or whatever).
Or are you saying that after all this time using a keyboard without dedicated function keys you really need more than what you get from a typical 60%?
I do a lot of IT networking programing, CAD and media work and play an absurdly diverse set of games. I have no problem programing a keyboard, I have an Atomic, 3 pokers, plank, kc60, 2x 122 keyboards "unicomp and ibm model M", Race 2 and a Nano 75. Hell, I can switch between qwerty, colemak, workman and dvorak on the fly, but I still find myself in many games needing to press w s d r x CTRL Space 3 F2 at the same time, having to add layers onto that and having to have 6 different setups for the tasks I need to do gets a little old and I find myself just sticking to the Atomic or Nano 75. I would love to have something like the ErgoDox but I just find myself needing that one or two more rows preferably without that traditional gap between the number row and function row. If I was just doing data entry or working in emacs/vim I would be happy with my plank.
Well, that was ranty. So yes, I am saying that after all this time using a keyboard without dedicated function keys I really need more than what I get from a typical 60%.
You should consider something supported by EasyAVR, which has much better programmability and stronger macros than most things on the market or available in kits.
I have plenty of keyboards that support TMK, Easy AVR, ect. Programmability is not my problem.