Needless Non-standard Key Sizes

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What is it with manufacturers and their needless non-standard key sizes? Do they not see nor care that they make our jobs a lot more difficult in replacing their crap keys? In most cases, with a little bit of an air gap or a small adjustment, they could make our customization as their customers a lot easier.
The reason behind this rant is that I found a mass produced keyboard that I want for 75% by Vortex.
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2450

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But look at that ESC key?!? Why? Where do I find a keycap for this? Thankfully, the board is fully programmable (well, as much as Vortex boards are). But still, it seems that with a bit of a change, i.e. 1U ESC, F-keys in line with numeric keys, and delete key 1U and add one more 1U key, you'd have a more compatible layout, with an extra key, to boot.
Why do they do this to us!
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SaudA
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Jun 18, 2021
Keyboards are not standardized to that extent because that's literally the point of the hobby. Find a 1.5 artisan and have some fun. If it's really an issue, wasd will sell you a blank.
ChuckDee
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Jun 22, 2021
That's your opinion, but there are standard key sizes used in different places. And some don't use artisans, which is their choice also.
Brude
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Jun 18, 2021
I just popped an artisan on the delete key actually. There's a gap but doesn't bother me.
Shalakazaam
524
Dec 29, 2020
a lack and even disregard for standardization is unfortunately not just a problem in the keyboard community :( considering keyboards are used for so many different applications and types of applications, it is good that there is experimentation with different layouts and differently sized keys in order to discover the most ideal layouts. i would place at least part of the blame for difficulty in finding good replacement sets on keycap manufacturers themselves.
Rooski15
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Jun 4, 2017
Carbon Exotic kit contains 2 1.5u esc, 1 1.5u del, and a 1.5 1.
Just a thought. Not common. Not realistic. Could have easily done 1u esc, 1u del, and added an extra key. But hey, that's what they chose to do.
NINJER
171
Jun 2, 2017
Why don't you just put a standard key-cap there, see what it looks like.
I really wanted this to be backlit like the engineering model most reviewers got, but the production model seems to not be LED compatible.
ChuckDee
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Jun 2, 2017
The point of it wasn't this board, nor ways around it- I don't even have the board. The point was why do they do it in general, knowing that the customer experience is changed in regards to keycaps. It's not like they don't *know* that it creates a problem.
psiclone
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May 22, 2017
There are plenty of boards that work the way you want for keycaps. Just because this particular one doesn't isn't a reason to bash one vendor. I get what you're saying and I, too, prefer a range of choice for whatever product I buy, but it's really not their concern.
ChuckDee
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May 22, 2017
I'm not bashing one vendor. I'm talking about the tendency lately of multiple vendors to do this.
BlueCrowned
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May 21, 2017
You could probably use a novelty on it if you wanted to replace it.
The layout for any keyboard needs a very strong philosophy behind it. There are sadly a lot of boards out there with very wonky cap sizes that simply don't make for the best customization, but often don't make the best use of the space either.
The giant esc key is definitely pretty damn awful though, just a poorly thought through layout all around. The only reason for this is aesthetics, and honestly sacrificing aesthetics for usability is simply not something that leads to a lasting layout.
Branny
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May 18, 2017
Some people actually want the offset f row. Many people have been waiting for a good 75% with a offset f row. Whether that be for looks or just a preference in layout. Although this does come at the cost of printed keycap compatibility. I don't think vortex should be bashed so hard on this choice.
ChuckDee
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May 19, 2017
Different people have different opinions on that regards. I'm just looking at the keycap replacements, and none of them include 1.5 ESC. It's not a standard key.
refactorized
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May 22, 2017
i just mean they could have used a gap to push the row in the needed direction vs a wide key
refactorized
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May 17, 2017
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1u escape is sacred!
I am working on some layouts hobby-wise, and even in crazy ones like this, I have a 1u escape, and a 1/4u gap if I can work it in.
saintentreri
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Dec 30, 2020
I like the cut of your jib, sir. In the pattern of this layout I can see a perfect resting place for my twisted crone talons. As an avid fan of the original Xbox controller, I would be extremely interested in such a device.
Nros
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Mar 24, 2021
I like the layout and colorway on that too, especially if white was swapped for black!
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