I’ve been a user of mechanical keyboards for a few years now, and I love them. I like the semi-analogue quality of the devices, and the percussiveness, and the customisability. The one thing I haven’t always liked is the size and heft of conventional layouts like full size or TKL (ten key less, i.e. without a numpad but still with a dedicated set of cursor keys and Home/End/etc).
There are many more sizes of keyboard available, though, but the smallest I was ever comfortable with was laptop-style setups which are usually in the roughly 65% category, like on a MacBook Pro or my iPad’s Magic Keyboard, which means a keyboard with around 65% of the keys found on a full-sized one. I do have a 60% board here too (a Snowfox DK61), but the lack of arrow keys constantly tripped me up. I could configure it to have them, of course, but there’s still the issue of feeling I was reaching around too much to trigger various Fn shortcuts. What I really wanted was something contradictory: an even smaller keyboard that was easier to type on in terms of finger-stretching, but that still had all the functions I needed. Also, the aesthetic had to be impeccable, to earn a place on my minimalist desk with my iPad. White, sleek, clean, ascetic; that’s the vibe I like right now.
Sounds impossible, but it exists. Let me tell you a bit about my new daily driver, which is pictured below.