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Offline Charlotte_Corday

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Recommendations for small hands?
« on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 05:35:20 »
As the title says, I am trying to pick an ergo board that will be comfortable for my tiny hands! I will be using it primarily for typing and coding, but maybe also some gaming (I'm too lazy to get out a different keyboard).

I am currently using a TKL Filco keyboard with silent red switches, which has a traditional staggered layout. I loved my current board when I bought it a few years ago, and it has withstood a lot of daily use for work, but I have now been tempted by the benefits of ergonomic layouts and programmability.

Weird layouts and multiple layers for different purposes are ok - I am a pianist so very happy to learn new key layouts etc.

I would ideally prefer the following features, but I'm open to suggestions that don't meet these:
  • Orthogonal
  • Split
  • Easily programmable
  • Small enough to not take up my entire desk!
  • Available either pre-assembled or hot swap PCB (I'm not really interested in getting into soldering)

Offline nevin

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Re: Recommendations for small hands?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 09:26:12 »
being hotswap does limit the choices
- corne
- lily 58 pro
- keeb.io iris (not hotswap but really worth a look)
- some ergodox variants - hotdox, ergodox-ez, moonlander, etc...

also check http://xahlee.info/kbd/ergonomic_keyboards_index.html
great resource
specifically the diy section: http://xahlee.info/kbd/diy_keyboards_index.html
« Last Edit: Fri, 12 February 2021, 09:28:48 by nevin »
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Offline xudongz

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Re: Recommendations for small hands?
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 15 February 2021, 00:11:27 »
I'm of the opinion that smaller keyboards aren't necessarily better for smaller hands (though I'm slightly biased as someone that sells ErgoDox keyboards). One reason I personally prefer a larger keyboard such as the ErgoDox is that you have the option of using more keys if you wanted to. Especially if you're looking at getting your first ergonomic keyboard, it may not be immediately obvious which keys are comfortable and which are not (and what is comfortable can vary between people). It's much easier to change the keymap and not use certain keys than to have a keyboard that doesn't have enough keys.
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Offline Charlotte_Corday

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Re: Recommendations for small hands?
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 15 February 2021, 03:42:38 »
Thanks both - I have had a look at the suggestions and decided to pick up a second-hand Iris, which solves the build problem! I'll report back on how it goes. It's cheap enough that I can learn from this one and spend a little more on one that is a better fit for my preferences down the line.

Offline Findecanor

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Re: Recommendations for small hands?
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 15 February 2021, 04:27:12 »
If you have small hands then perhaps one that has Kailh Choc switches and its keycaps with smaller-than-standard key spacing would be suitable.

I think Corne-ish Zen could have been what you are after, but the interest check has ended.
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Re: Recommendations for small hands?
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 15:49:13 »
If you can do an octave as a pianist, then your hands arn't small such that a different size computer keyboard will make a difference in reach.

HOWEVER, a Split board, like ERGODOX @ 70* degrees of tenting will make a WORLD of difference.


Offline wolverine92

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Re: Recommendations for small hands?
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 23 February 2021, 19:18:06 »
Lily58 if you want a number row. Corne if you don't.

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