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god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
In regards to keeping my finger joints happy, I just wanted to say that I'm probably in the minority but I've been using gamakay phoenix switches, which is a silent switch with silicone sound dampeners and a shorter-than-usual key travel. It's been great for me since I tend to bottom out, and this cushions it. Additionally, I also added O rings as well to shorten key travel and dampen the bottom-out impact even further. It's wonderful. :getin:

Also, they're lightweight switches too. My delicate bird hands appreciate that.

god please help me fucked around with this message at 08:05 on Apr 29, 2023

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god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I have a question for people who are more knowledgeable. Does anyone know if scissor switches, or reducing key travel, is beneficial for finger ergonomics? Or if going with lighter switches helps more? I love my gamakay phoenix switches for both having a lighter spring weight, smaller than normal key travel length, plus silicone sound dampeners for both silencing typing noises and making bottoming out gentler on my fingers, but I'm wondering if there are ways to be better. I heard people recommend the Apple magic keyboard, and I was wondering if I was on the right track. Heck, I even saw a charming low-profile membrane keyboard at the dollar store that didn't seem too bad.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
Ah that's fair! I still think my dream switch for mechanical keyboards would be one that could fit in the current sockets and which uses scissor switches at the same time, but maybe I should be exploring lighter weight switches instead. Thankfully the wrist rest I have is pretty good imo. It's an akko Monet's Pond wrist rest that I do recommend for anyone still looking for something nice. Thank you for the insightful post and keyboard recommendations. :)

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
https://epomaker.com/products/epomaker-alice-qmk-via-diy-kit?variant=44113186488628

Another alice layout keyboard, but from a different company. You'll have to supply your own switches and keycaps, though. You can get yourself some nice clone keycaps from Amazon or Aliexpress, or you could purchase everything you need from epomaker if you do like this board.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

Moey posted:

I was primarily using a board with box navy. Grabbed a new prebuilt with epomaker budgerigar switches.

Similar feeling, lighter, super quiet.

Have not tried them side by side in the same board with anything else yet, but I doubt this cheap board is this much quieter than my gmmk pro.

Here's the setup I randomly grabbed.

https://a.co/d/bzwF2D4

I'll add on to this post to say that if anyone wants some epomaker budgerigar switches, I'm selling some on SA-Mart and Mercari for a good price. If I manage to sell the budgerigar switches, it'll help with my next move on trying out some nuphy aloe switches which I heard were lightweight and low-profile (they are also charmingly green).

edit: wait, are nuphy switches not compatible with any other keyboard?

god please help me fucked around with this message at 03:53 on Jun 18, 2023

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I just pulled out my budgerigar switches to test things out. A couple of caveats in the facts that I don't have boba U4s to compare with, and I also use O rings on my keycaps, but I didn't find the budgerigar switches that much louder than my silent linear Gamakay Phoenix switches. Yes, I find them louder than the dedicated silent Phoenix switches, but only slightly which is impressive to me.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
Speaking of mac-oriented accessories, could I use an apple magic keyboard on a windows pc? I remember typing on one in an office and thinking they felt pretty nice.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I remapped my capslock key to Ctrl+Shift+T so that way I could reopen internet tabs that I close too soon easily. I had a realization this year that I really don't use the capslock key at all beforehand unless by accident.

I could also get by remapping the right hand alt key to something else, but I'm not sure what.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

ExcessBLarg! posted:

It comes in handy as a compose key.

I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not. My keyboard doesn't have a numpad on it, so I can't even type unicode characters anyway.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

ExcessBLarg! posted:

No I mean an actual compose key. I map right-Alt/Alt-Gr for this on all my keyboards.

My bad, I'm sorry. I've been far too exposed to internet snark, and thought that regular alt was already a compose key. On occasion I do type accented characters, so I'll try to do some more research on this, thank you!


HappyCapybaraFamily posted:

If you're on Windows, I have found WinCompose to be a good implementation. You can assign whatever key for your compose key, and I always set up R-Alt for this.

Ah excellent! Thank you for the link!

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I have the same typing preferences, and for that reason I use silent switches with the silicone damperner pads built in (gamakay phoenix switches for me) with O rings.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

Pooperscooper posted:

Do they sell mechanical keyboards with dampeners on them or do you have to do that yourself?

Koskun said it better than I did, but mostly the sound dampeners I'm referring to are the little bits of silicone built into a majority of silent mechanical switches, which dampens not only the noise of the key press, but also the impact (nice!). Some people hate silent switches that have that silicone sound dampeners inside because they describe the feeling of typing on them as "mushy," which for me is a plus because of the aforementioned tendency to slam down keypresses (much gentler on my fingers).

Most keyboards don't come with silent switches by default, but if you pick up any keyboard that allows for hotswapping different switches, then you can simply purchases any silent switch you like and put them inside of the hotswappable mechanical keyboard. Just keep an eye out if they are outemu switches or cherry mx style switches, which are the majority, and you should be good to go.

I like to increase the "mushiness" of my mechanical keyboards even further by purchasing a cheap pack of O rings from Aliexpress or Amazon, and applying those to the keycap stem of the keyboard. It takes time to apply all of them for each keycap, but my fingers thank me. Sometimes the O ring listing may give you a choice of some number such as 10A, or 70A. Essentially, the lower the number is, the softer/mushier it is. An O ring with a higher number is going to be more stiffer/less mushy. It's up to your personal preference. Additional 'Pro Stratz': you can stack two O rings on a keycap stem if you want to experiment with the feel.

Lastly, I did recommend the Gamakay Phoenix Switch because those are one of the few silent switches I found that also have a very light keypress force. I'm not sure if you're looking for that feature too, but I'm throwing it out there too.


As an aside, I think I'd like to experiment with getting a Niz Plum keyboard. I'm very tempted by the light force switches it has, but oh my lord, the price is somewhat scary. Does anyone have any experience with it?

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

Koskun posted:

When you mention the "silicone built into..." are you talking about switch film? If so, that is a whole different level than o-rings. Switch film goes inside the actual switch. You can get kits to do this on your own, and I'm sure some (probably super expensive keyboard maker) has it as an option. However to do it yourself you also have to get a switch opener (can be done with a screwdriver, but ehh).

They do dampen the rebound of the switch, but not the press. O-rings are used so that the keycap doesn't bottom out, as it does nothing to the switch. They can also make the keycap wobble slightly, as there will be less stem in the keycap itself.

As to what most keyboards do or don't come with, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a keyboard that doesn't offer some sort of option between Blue (clicky), Brown (tactile), or Red (linear) unless it is a VERY cheap keyboard, as those usually just blue, but I honestly can't think of the last hot-swappable keyboard I saw that didn't come with a choice of switches.

No, not switch film. I don't have a picture to describe the silicone rubber dampener, but I have a video of it made by a guy who hates silent switches because of said silicone dampeners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahShvBMoMWk&t=19s

It should be timestamped to start at 19 seconds in, where this person discusses what I'm talking about. While this youtuber in particular is discussing a silent switch that doesn't have silicone sound dampeners inside, I'll say that the silicone sound dampeners are probably what Pooperscooper might like since it's those sound dampeners that provide a softer/mushier bottoming out upon key press. At least that what it's like for me since I never mastered the "don't bottom out your keystrokes" technique of writing with a mechanical keyboard that some people on youtube talk about. Silent switches are good for me since I tend to type pretty hard for that reason.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
Hello, I have a question. Does anyone know any advice on how to get dark scuff marks out of PBT keycaps? I was traveling with a keyboard and some slippers in the same bag, and noticed that my tab key has a scuff mark now. I tried using hand sanitizer gel to remove the mark, but it hasn't worked. What can I do besides using sandpaper can I use to remove the scuff mark?

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
Thank you for the response! I did start rubbing the hell out of the keycap with a couple of erasers I had lying around, but the issue turned out to be that the scuff marks where also partly scratched in, instead of just being superficial residue stuff. So I also experimented with adding lotion and alternating with hand sanitizer as well, and that in addition to the eraser seemed to have reduced the visibility of the scuff marks a good deal.

The scuff marks/scratches are still somewhat visible though. I might be able to remedy the solution entirely if I could find one of those dire blue tipped erasers that have abrasives added to them that would always gouge paper, but possibly would help out a lot here. Alternatively, I might message a seller on Aliexpress and see if they could just sell me tab keycap by itself. :v: I'll think about this further later and might switch out the keycap set entirely in the meanwhile lol.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I do, and that's why having a deskmat and a monitor riser is vital to me. The deskmat is large enough that no matter how I move my keyboard and mouse around, the deskmat stays in place. And the monitor riser allows me to just shove my keyboard underneath like a little cove (also rising my monitor up has been good for my neck too).

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
What is the name of it?

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

adary posted:

https://keeb.io Iris (if that's what you referred to)

Thanks! I like the way RGB looks on it, and I'm curious about if a split keyboard would be more comfortable for me. :)

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
Lmao at the "wey" keycaps.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
Got a question: do you fellows think it'd be worth spending $12 on those little rubber silicone feet that come on the bottom of a keyboard to replace one of the ones that fell off and is making my keyboard wobbly? Customer support is offering to sell me the exact same type of rubber foot as came with my keyboard originally, but $12 seems kinda like a ripoff for only two pieces of silicone (that are taller than normal rubber bumpers, admittedly, but still).

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA

Ihmemies posted:

I spilled a bit of milk on my corsair k70 rgb keyboard. The volume scroll has been quite sticky after this. It works, but it's signifcantly higher resistance when adjusting volume. How good/bad idea it would be to open the keyboard and try to do Something to the problem?

Like, is it better to live with that "feature", or try to fix it..

Edit: also does anyone do some kind of "macro" keyboards which come to for example left side of the keyboard.. more hotkeys would be sweet.

https://kbdcraft.store/products/adam0110b

Maybe something like this? I know on the website I've seen pictures floating around of people putting the numpad on the left instead of the right. And then with qmk/via, you could remap the keys to be whatever you'd like. Like another goon said, this is not adding extra keys though, just moving things to the left which in itself is pretty convenient.

Edit: I also don't know if you'd be open to the idea of a separate left-handed macro pad. There are many things you could use as such, including this one: https://a.co/d/645UJ0p

If you're okay with the extra keys being on top instead of the left, I think there might be more recs I could give.

god please help me fucked around with this message at 17:35 on Nov 19, 2023

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
The transparent colors are nice, but I don't see the hype either. Maybe the price being higher than normal for stuff made in the US is money being well passed on the employees, but otherwise eh on this keyboard.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I'd actually like to get a GAS67. Why are keyboards with both transparent cases and RGB so hard to find at a decent price? Heck, I love the hell out of my Mini Cat 64 except for the fact that I'd love to get a bandsaw and hack out the cat part of it. The large bongo cat headpiece does not play nice with the things I like to keep on my desk.

god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
This isn't connected to any current conversation, but I'd like to thank the people who made PowerToys for Windows. I'm currently using a keyboard that doesn't have any QMK/VIA capability, and was sorely missing my previous shortcuts I programmed into my previous keyboard until I managed to configure them back with PowerToys' Keyboard Manager. Just so convenient, I love it.

If you're curious what my shortcuts were, it's essentially assigning Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down to the arrow keys when a modifier is pressed. Technically not the same as a keyboard layer, but works just the same. It's quite nice. :)

edit: aagh, page snipe.

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god please help me
Jul 9, 2018
I LOVE GIVING MY TAX MONEY AND MY PERSONAL INCOME TO UKRAINE, SLAVA
I tried out an alienware full sized keyboard with the low profile version of cherry silent reds. They were okay, if a bit scratchy (it may have been remedied over the years, though). I personally can vouch for gamakay phoenix switches for being pretty good and quiet.

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