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phantomgeist09
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Feb 28, 2021
What nice a set.
Shalakazaam
601
Nov 25, 2020
was it a big leap switching from a standard layout to ortho? id love to save space on my desk, but im not sure how much i rely on bigger sizes for certain keys or if its something im just used to
newtonapple
177
Nov 28, 2020
I definitely prefer smaller layouts because I actually remapped most of my bigger keyboard layouts based on my 40% layout. As for the ortholinear key positions, I really don't have very strong opinion one way or another. If I really have to choose, I slightly prefer the ortho layout. You really have to commit to it for a long period time before you feel the benefit. I think for most people the learning curve is probably not worth it. But, if you really like to tinker with your keyboard (like me), then I would definitely recommend giving ortho a try. Moving over to ortho really forced me to think critically about the existing keyboard layout that I have been using.
Shalakazaam
601
Nov 28, 2020
i usually pick things up pretty quickly, although i def do not have the time to be remapping keys, etc. ive actually never bothered to do that. maybe one day if i can pick up a cheap board, ill go for it. thanks for all the info <3
LUCIIIFER
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May 21, 2020
would you consider selling the red and black keyboard? basically my dream set up right there.
mxib
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May 1, 2020
What are those orange keycaps on the bottom right keyboard? SA profile? They look great!
newtonapple
177
May 1, 2020
Yup, they’re SA caps. I got them from https://ohkeycaps.com/.
joshgrib
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May 1, 2020
This is exactly the path I'm going down. I've been using a Logitech trackball mouse for years, just got into the ortho world and I'm still getting used to it. I'm also loving the full orange keyboard, that looks amazing!
ajma
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Apr 30, 2020
Can you share your layout? I'm trying to find the smallest keyboard I can find. I have a planck now and I'm trying to get used to missing the number row.
newtonapple
177
Apr 30, 2020
My layout is pretty complicated. You have to know QMK & C to understand it: https://github.com/newtonapple/qmk_firmware/tree/dev/layouts/community/ortho_5x12/newtonapple. Essentially, I'm using a 40% core layout and build on top of that. You'll see a lot of my layout reflected in my 5x15 ortho layout as well: https://github.com/newtonapple/qmk_firmware/blob/dev/layouts/community/ortho_5x15/newtonapple/keymap.c. This is better documented but slightly outdated. Check it out if you want to get a sense of what I do w/ my layout.
jonmccon
0
Apr 30, 2020
How do you like the preonic + trackball mouse? The preonic to me is gold, just waiting on my holy pandas.
newtonapple
177
Apr 30, 2020
Yup, I love the ortho layout. After switching to smaller keyboard + trackball, all my wrist pains went away.
bomberstudios
28
Apr 26, 2020
That bottom right keeb is _so_ on brand for me :D How are you liking your Preonics?
heathm
0
Apr 30, 2020
Have you tried a split ortho? There a ton of great ones and you might enjoy them as it looks like we have some similar taste in keebs. I would recommend the Nyquist or Levinson but there are some really interesting new ones out there with crazy design elements.
newtonapple
177
Apr 30, 2020
Yes, I have couple of Houndstoothes (40% split). It's a neat nice design if you don't need fancy LEDs since only require 1 Pro Micro.
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