Ming-Gih Lam is back with a new project: MidEvil is an orthoish/Alice monoblock split keyboard with a numpad in the middle.
KBD.news Published October 16, 2023
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The MidEvil is an orthoish/Alice monoblock split with the numpad put in the middle, plus a huge display on the left to balance out the design. Shared by Ming_Gih Lam aka dcpedit/dj_edit, designer of boards like the Red Herring and its solenoid edition, TeeShirt, Dissatisfaction30, µ10, etc.
In the custom mechanical keyboard world, it's extremely hard to find a keyboard with a number pad, because apparently, numpads are evil. OK, I may have made that last bit up, but if it were actually true, then this keyboard places that evilness smack dab in the middle – dcpedit.
While the author personally prefers ortholinear splits, as a big fan of NoPunIn10Did's "base-kit-friendly" Jabberwocky he created this new spin-off: MidEvil.
There is a shortage of keyboards with numpad in the MK scene because they force the mouse to be too far from the keyboard. You can move those number keys to the left or, even better, why not put it in the middle? Still not perfect, but for ergo users this places your hands further apart, slightly alleviating ulnar deviation.
What about the big display on the left? Ming wanted the numpad to be truly in the center, so he needed something on the left side to balance out the board. And he also wanted to tinker with QMK's Quantum Painter, so this was the perfect opportunity to do so.