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New to split boards, I'm interested in this but would prefer arrow keys + f1 row. Does anyone have suggestions for split boards with those features that are about this price/less than $200 and are fully assembled? Doesn't need to be RGB. I looked a little at like ergodox (?) ones but they looked to be significantly pricier from cursory glance.
These split boards look a lot more comfortable to type on since you can adjust them to be shoulder width.
I don't know of anything else like this pre-assembled, period, let alone that cheap. The layout you're looking for is closest to the VE.A, sold here around a year ago, but that is (a) not coming back, at least as it was, and (b) sells for much more than $200 on the secondary market. As far as I know your other options for split boards are this, an Ergodox, and things like the Let's Split (which is a lot of assembly and a very different layout, but in your price range.)
Thank you for your awesome response! The VEA wouldve been perfect... I will probably look more into the let's split or other ergodox boards. Or bite the bullet and grab one of these from amazon if my wrists/hands don't feel any better!
Re-map the left spacebar to FN and use 'hjkl' or the included 'jikl' as your arrow keys. I made the switch and it's so unbelievably fast and useful. This remap alone is why I like the split keyboard.
However if you're sure on your desire for a TKL then there are a few options for you. The 'Kinesis Freestyle Edge' is a new gaming split TKL board and the Matias Ergo Pro which runs 200$. Of those two I would suggest the Matias due to more options for tenting/adjusting.
I have backed the Dygma Raise because it's ALMOST a perfect keyboard for me. It's on kickstarter and won't be available for a while but I'd like to spread the good word.
That's awesome! thanks for the suggestions and tips, I'll keep it in mind when I get a split board