Mechanical Keyboard with Apple Layout?

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I've been on the lookout for a mechanical Keyboard some time. Unfortunately I've never found something which comes close to the Layout of an Apple Keyboard which I'm now quite comfortable with. Most importantly: four keys on the bottom left to the space bar, and a large return key. Is there something like this on the Market? Perhaps even with a compact layout and USB-C?
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cheesecan
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Feb 23, 2021
Keychron is for you
byronp
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Feb 23, 2021
Keychron
cspirou
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Feb 22, 2021
WASD allows you to customize keys. Even has switches to go between the different OS modes For custom keycaps Biip has been really good about Mac keycaps. His 2048 and Milkshake are excellent. Personally I have decided to go this route and get a QMK compatible PCB to configure the keys natively. Like the series of Drop keyboards
cspirou
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Feb 22, 2021
If you really want a Mac specific mech than check out Matias. It's ALPS switches so could be tricky for keycaps, but there are people that love them
dolljoints
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Feb 26, 2021
seconded on the matias. you can get better with a diy option but it’s good for an out the box experience. i used the TP3 for many years before switching to a race3 and forcing myself to learn ANSI layout. still haven’t made a kit. probably would go split ergo if i ever did a kit.
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darwin25
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Oct 1, 2020
Maybe what you are looking for is the Lofree, Vinpok Taptek, Nutype F1 or the Magic Refiner MK10. I own both the Lofree and the Vinpok Taptek. My daily use MKB is the Lofree. It takes some getting used to but it's manageable. I got comfortable with the Lofree after 2 weeks of constant use. I am now able to type 60 WPM after 3 months. The position of the arrow keys are not really an issue but the rounded keycaps can be, at first. I sure wish they'd build it a bit bigger size so they can give it bigger keycaps. I'd totally buy it if they do. As far as choices in switches, you can have it in any switch you like as long as it's Gateron blue. There are no other options unless you like having their lipstick themed keyboard with Gateron brown. The Vinpok Taptek is also nice but the low-profile switches offers a different typing experience than the regular Mtyle switches. Plus the location and size of the right shift key can throw you off. Also like the Lofree, as far as switches go, you can have it in any color you like as long as it's blue, which is tactile and clicky. Not a problem with me though. I also have a TKL, a full-size, a 71-key and 64-key mechanical keyboards so I have my choices at hand. So far, the Lofree works best for me. Like you I prefer my Fn key on the left and it is very crucial to my productivity
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https://nuphy.com/products/nutype-f1
https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/9f1o8f/review_magicrefiner_mk10_low_profile_75/ The Vinpok Taptek, Nutype F1 and Magic Refiner MK10 are all low profile mechanical switch keyboards,
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scholt
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Jan 27, 2021
The Nutype F1 is almost perfect, the only Flaw is the small Shift key on the right side which is too far off. As I'm 10 finger typing, this is over the years learned behavior. I'm going to check if this can be changed or configured
mf0176
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Aug 21, 2020
Every reply to this question is bad. Try the Realforce R2 for Mac ($300-$400) or look into a Tsangan layout keyboard which is closer, but not perfect.
Santas
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May 25, 2020
Hi @scholt, Did you find a keyboard with Apple layout?
jkmazur
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Apr 19, 2020
Hi, any luck of finding this one? I'm also about to go with Keychron K2, but I know will miss this Fn key there...
scholt
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Apr 23, 2020
Nope, nothing. the closest thing is the Bucky One 2 SF as it has a german layout. After getting familiar with things, I understand what I want is a 65% Layout. Not really sure if the german Return key is usually called „ISO Return“ or „L-shaped“ or something else. But it is hard to find informations how this behaves in relation to PCBs and plates, and what too look for. Meh.
Brash
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Oct 22, 2019
Switched to MBP 6 years ago, and can’t say I recall having ever used the fn key on the left. How often is it used?
jkmazur
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Apr 19, 2020
I use it daily in Xcode for software development
Jann5s
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Oct 21, 2019
Hi, I use a mechanical TKL for my Macbook. After a long (similar) search, I've ended up buying a WASD Code, it has a dip-switch on the back that allows you to interchange the command/super and alt keys. This can be done with a key-binding app, but I prefer the hardware way instead of yet another app. About the key caps, on the Code the alt and command are the same size, so you can just interchange the caps. P.S. about the large enter, it seems to me that you have some foreign layout, WASD sells a german layout, which may be what you have. Sadly, the Fn is on the right tho.
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dolljoints
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Feb 26, 2021
i prefer doing it in hardware too, but you don’t need a separate app, the Keyboard prefpane is all you need for the software option.
guillebarra
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Oct 17, 2019
there are some cherry mx slim switches
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