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PotipharBreen
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May 30, 2016
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So what are people doing for keycaps in the absence of the Granite and Carbon sets? Feels like all those special caps could be hard to find. I really want one of these, but there is a limit to my patience and interest in ferreting things out.
May 30, 2016
domesdkg
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May 31, 2016
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The drop has the option to include a full set of blank keycaps. If you are ok without printed legends this will be the simplest option. If you need printed legends you'll have to be either patient or creative right now.
May 31, 2016
PotipharBreen
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May 31, 2016
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Thanks, domesdkg, but I can't imagine typing without legends on an unfamiliar keyboard. That's the problem. I wonder how much trouble it is to label the keys.
May 31, 2016
domesdkg
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May 31, 2016
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It also depends on how complete you want your legends to be. It would be relatively easy to get the alphas and number line from a standard keyboard, but the mods can be a bit tricky. If you didn't need mod legends you could fill those slots with blanks fairly easily. Pimp My Keyboard and WASD Keyboards both have a lot of options for standard layouts and blank keys. WASD will even let you print custom keycaps, which would let you fill out your mods as well, but they can get a bit pricey.
Blanks on PMK: http://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-pbt-abs-blank-keycap-sets/ Custom caps on WASD: http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/printed-keycap-singles/custom-text-cherry-mx-keycaps.html
May 31, 2016
domesdkg
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May 31, 2016
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You could even use the alphas from ongoing drops like this one if you want https://www.massdrop.com/buy/pbt-double-shot-keycap-set
May 31, 2016
CptCarnage
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May 31, 2016
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I jumped in on the Jukebox set that finished last week. It was the first time I've seen legended modifiers for the ErgoDox available.
May 31, 2016
PotipharBreen
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May 31, 2016
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Good idea, Cpt. Probably would have done it myself if I'd noticed that the kit offered only blank keys. Clueboard offers Selectric-style keys for the ErgoDox, but only the alphas are labeled, not the ones I most need. Sigh.
May 31, 2016
ieure
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May 31, 2016
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It's not all that bad, it was about the same for me as learning the Kinesis Advantage. I used a label maker to tag the two home keys for the first few weeks just to get oriented.
May 31, 2016
Data
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May 31, 2016
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Granite, Danger Zone, and many others have done at least a basic ErgoDox kit with legends. It's a thing. It's not cheap, though. ;)
May 31, 2016
PotipharBreen
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May 31, 2016
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That may be the best answer. Thanks for the idea.
May 31, 2016
PotipharBreen
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May 31, 2016
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Thanks for the thought. Googled. Not sure, but it looks like the Ergodox versions are available only through Massdrop. Or were. Maybe caps from my old Microsoft and Logitech keyboards would work for the alphanumerics. Gotta say, it may not be a problem for most builders, but selling a keyboard kit only with blank caps seems perverse, especially when the layout is so novel. Despite which, the more we talk about it, the closer I get to pulling the trigger.
May 31, 2016
Data
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May 31, 2016
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You'll not typically find key sets with specialty kits (like Dox) outside of group buys. Lately, Massdrop and PMK have been the only places to get them.
May 31, 2016
PotipharBreen
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May 31, 2016
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Pretty much what I'd thought. Missed PMK, though. Thanks for the pointer.
May 31, 2016
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