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40% size, 60% convenience

40% size, 60% convenience. by SouthPawEngineer.

I like the size of 40% boards, but giving up a number row and having to have numbers in a layer always felt like a major compromise for a lot of things. So I made these – SouthPawEngineer

The 5 way switches and extra tactile buttons in the middle provide 12 additional switches in an easy place while still minimizing the extra movement that would normally be required for reaching up to a number row.

In the middle in both examples is a rotary encoder that is easily reachable by both thumbs.

Published on Fri 25th Jun 2021. Featured in KBD #32 (source).


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