Drop TAB - CTRL/ALT/SHIFT series Numpad?
Anyone else interested in continuing the series into a stand alone numpad? Here are some thoughts for whoever might be listening:
First, call it the TAB. I work in accounting and anyone who uses quickbooks probably uses that key more than anything else for navigating around. Note of course, that it needs to have a tab key for that reason to be a viable numpad for accountants and bookkeepers.
Second, differentiate it by having a tab key to the left of the numpad cluster for thumb operation, and a second key underneath that can either stock firmware is (shift+tab) or can otherwise be configurator-ed into that (this is the first thing I did with my ALT, programming it to get rid of caps lock and give that key some purpose to exist). The ducky pocket has a shift tab key and it never seems to be in stock. To keep the design language consistent, maybe you make those two keys down half a row like the arrow keys on the SHIFT, but otherwise keep row consistency. The thing about the extra tab key is that it allows one handed operation in excel/numbers a little easier.
Also, note how it has 00 as a key. Some numbercrunchers really want that, while this is all hypothetical might as well include.
Terrible, lazy photoshop aside:
Maybe there should be a backspace matching the tab size keys on the left allowing the 1x backspace above the numbers to be a delete key. Does anyone else out there use the numlock key? I'd just assume get rid of it altogether because it's basically a "make me think the usb connection dropped" key on boards without backlight. I never use numpads for navigation though.
Some other thoughts:
Include at the least, the option of some add on keycaps with media controls, an escape key, calculator key for windows? Not everyone is going to upgrade their keycaps right away and it’s a shame the ALT didn’t have mac/linux modifiers in the box at that price point.
Make sure it has two usb c ports on it like the other boards, to allow daisy chaining like the others in the series. Would also allow hub use for a flash drive. Also, those who bring their usb in from the right might want to go into the numpad and have the main board on the left.
Otherwise it should have a battery and be wireless. Kprepublic has a numpad kit up with BT5 that looks promising, but wouldn’t match the way you guys could by continuing the series.
Anyone else think this would make a good addition to the growing family? What else could they do next? Modular bottoms that attach at the magnetic feet points with batteries and a bluetooth connection to make the existing boards wireless capable?
A calculator would be cool, but how would you fit it into the design aesthetic of the other entries in the series?