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This board is great. I have one built up with XDA caps, and it's now my 60% board of choice. I reaaally wish there was a "case only" option, but oh well. Mine is built with a 2u left shift so I could keep "?" in the standard position. Even though all the alphas in that row are shifted over slightly, you would be hard pressed to notice.
What are your thoughts on the XDAs?
I know that non-sculpted keycaps can be a love/hate for many people, but as I fall on the side with "I'm fine with flat caps", I like XDA, moreso than DSA, even. I like having the larger top surface, and the texture feels nice to me. My only real complaint is that the homing scoops on F/J could stand to be more pronounced. While I can get around fine with what's there, I ended up just doing "DIY homing bumps" on those keys for faster homing. I have done this with DSA and Cherry profile caps as well, so it's less an XDA thing, and more personal preference in wanting homing bumps.
Shit, so you do need a 2u shift on the left for full alphas plus three 1u to the right. This is what I was wondering.
That's only if you decide to do the 2u shift layout. You can build it with a standard left shift, which would give you a 1.75u right shift, at the expense of no "?" key, which people then just map to the 1u that's at the end of the row.
Tempted to go 1u all across the top and use my only 2u for the left shift. For some reason I can't wrap my head around a trunkated alpha layout.
I'm the same way. I don't mind, and in some cases prefer, non-sculpted caps. My problem is that I find the landing surface on DSA and SA to feel a little small so I'm really looking forward to getting a set of XDA. What process did you use for the "DIY homing bumps"? I find scoops on all the caps I've tried to be lacking.
Alternatively, you can fill up the 2u left shift space with two 1u switches and keys if you think you can deal with 1u shifts on both ends.
Nothing crazy. Just took an X-ACTO knife and pushed it in and wiggled it around some to make the hole crown. You could use a pin or anything that comes to a fine enough point to do this and have it come out even and whatnot. I wasn't super concerned about it, since my XDA caps came with both a scooped and non-scooped F/J, and I did this on the non-scooped ones.
Even though it looks super tiny, you can feel it immediately.
I love my current layout, done with a JIS HHKB. Split s row fown thr middle for extra buttons and a wider layout which is way more comfortable. Can't go back to normal, so very happy have have this!