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So the only ergodox friendly keycap set that I have received as of yet is the Overcast DSA set. Finally I am able to type on this sweetest of keyboards.
Only now do I realize how much of a learning curve this is going to have. Having a wide frame has made it difficult for me to type in the proper manor without severe wrist pain. That has caused me to type with 2-3 fingers on each hand jumping around the center of the board to do so. Finally I can learn to type properly, but it will take quite a bit of effort I am sure.
Overcast looks so hot on these boards... I'm using PuLSE with Gateron browns, and while the SA keycaps look and feel awesome to the touch, I think the extra height is causing some binding/resistance for the 1.5U keys (unless I hit them dead-center and press straight down.
I didn't have that problem with the OEM-profile keycaps I used while waiting for the PuLSE set, so now I'm looking at:
1. A DSA set to try.
2. Lubing all switch stems.
3. Trying different switches.
I've got Zealios in mine and I like them. Mine dont bind, but they have more resistance to them when I hit the keys off center. I may change the switch type for the 1.5 keys to a light linear switch to overcome that.
Honestly, it took me about a week of using it every day to get fully used to the columnar layout. The first day, I absolutely hated it and wondered what the hell I was thinking when I got myself into it. Over the next few days, as I slowly got used to it and my speed increased, I felt better. By the end of the week, after I updated the key mapping to better suite how I was actually using the keyboard (one of the great benefits of a custom keyboard!), I could actually type faster, for a longer period of time, and with much less discomfort than on my older Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite.
I don't know if I would want tactile and linear mixed on the same board, but I havn't tried it.
I'm considering building a new one with Zealios, but not sure about the extra resistance... I like the browns currently, just wish they were less wobbly and more consistent off-axis. Maybe stem lube would help, I just don't have time. Too many projects!
I *love* the columnar layout, that part didn't take much to get used to except how it messed with my muscle-memory for complex Photoshop / IDE shortcuts w/ modifiers (cmd+alt+c / i, cmd+shift+F6, etc)
Maybe you're right about the mixing of linear and tactile. I suppose I could drop lighter springs in the 1.5 keys and try that first.