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Offline Willtato

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Laptop keyboard Cover
« on: Tue, 15 September 2020, 13:36:07 »
Hi, before I bought my HHKB, I saw on photos and in the advert that the people placed a piece of acrylic over the keyboard on a laptop, and then placed the HHKB on the top, to prevent the keys on the keyboard from actuating. 

Are there any versions of this or alternatives? For what seems like a simple piece of cut acrylic, I'm not looking to pay too much for one.  Worst comes to worst, I'll have to make make my own shape and comission a company to laser cut it.   The reason I don't really want to do this in the first place is because I'd expect myself to be quite indecisive on the shape and size (especially moving to different laptop sized), resulting in me never being happy with the design. 

(In case people don't know what I'm talking about, I've attatched a screenshot of a clip from the advert on yt:
which shows what I am looking for.)

I primarily use 40% keybaords, which is why I feel one to be necessary. 

Any thoughts or sources would be appreciated.


Thanks

Offline diazel

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Re: Laptop keyboard Cover
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 15 September 2020, 13:53:45 »
Your primary objective is to keep the keys from being depressed. A single sheet of acrylic is ok because it can help spread the force across many keys at once helping to prevent keystrokes but it's not ideal because: 1) if it's too thin, you could still press only a few keys in a specific area if you type hard, 2) if it's too thick it's going to add weight onto the keys/keyswitches, 3) essentially putting all the key switch springs in parallel allows for them to support more weight without depressing but it doesn't take into effect how heavy your keyboard is, 4) acrylic can be sharp and if it slides around on the surface there's chance of scratching the finish or even slicing a finger if the edges aren't cleaned up properly.

Personally, if I was in your situation and looking to use a set up as you have shown and you're not looking to spend too much, grab some popsicle sticks and build yourself a little stand that goes around the bottom and elevates the bottom of the keyboard just enough to keep it off the keys (probably only 2-3 popsicle sticks stacked needed). If your only objective is to elevate the keyboard from the laptop keyboard for as cheap as possible, imo the popsicle sticks are the better choice because 1) cheap 2) don't run the risk of depressing the keys anyway 3) less likely to cut you or scratch the computer.

If you're in a location that would allow for something a little more unorthodox, I recommend a laptop stand to raise screen closer to eye level and put the keyboard underneath it. One of the biggest issues I have with working on my laptop is neck strain from always looking down at the screen. Might be worth considering if that's an issue you have as well. In some cases, Amazon has some cheap ones that fold up tight and can be thrown in a laptop backpack. Ultimately, they might both look a little silly to an onlooker but a good keeb and ergonomics should never go ignored.

Offline Willtato

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Re: Laptop keyboard Cover
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 15 September 2020, 14:08:41 »
Your primary objective is to keep the keys from being depressed. A single sheet of acrylic is ok because it can help spread the force across many keys at once helping to prevent keystrokes but it's not ideal because: 1) if it's too thin, you could still press only a few keys in a specific area if you type hard, 2) if it's too thick it's going to add weight onto the keys/keyswitches, 3) essentially putting all the key switch springs in parallel allows for them to support more weight without depressing but it doesn't take into effect how heavy your keyboard is, 4) acrylic can be sharp and if it slides around on the surface there's chance of scratching the finish or even slicing a finger if the edges aren't cleaned up properly.

Personally, if I was in your situation and looking to use a set up as you have shown and you're not looking to spend too much, grab some popsicle sticks and build yourself a little stand that goes around the bottom and elevates the bottom of the keyboard just enough to keep it off the keys (probably only 2-3 popsicle sticks stacked needed). If your only objective is to elevate the keyboard from the laptop keyboard for as cheap as possible, imo the popsicle sticks are the better choice because 1) cheap 2) don't run the risk of depressing the keys anyway 3) less likely to cut you or scratch the computer.

If you're in a location that would allow for something a little more unorthodox, I recommend a laptop stand to raise screen closer to eye level and put the keyboard underneath it. One of the biggest issues I have with working on my laptop is neck strain from always looking down at the screen. Might be worth considering if that's an issue you have as well. In some cases, Amazon has some cheap ones that fold up tight and can be thrown in a laptop backpack. Ultimately, they might both look a little silly to an onlooker but a good keeb and ergonomics should never go ignored.
Hi thanks for the reply.  One of the main reasons for this is that I also think that it's aesthetically pleasing.  I'm thinking of 5mm acrylic and adding rubber feet in the corners to prevent slipping and extra height. 

But yes, I do agree ergonomics are important.  I'm only thinking of this for traveling purposes.  At office/home, I have a monitor on a table at the right height. 
My first 40% was the Vortex core.  When I first saw it out of the box, the caps looked like they were leaning away from me (although they are flat).  Anyway, the 0 degree angle helped my type without the need of a wrist-rest.

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Offline diazel

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Re: Laptop keyboard Cover
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 15 September 2020, 14:13:22 »
If you add in a requirement for it to be aesthetically pleasing, then yeah, my idea is out. acrylic is the way to go.