Well, the title question may sound absurd to some readers, because they already knew them. In fact it is nothing new, but since we have not talked about it in this blog, I would like to talk about this type of open source or open keyboards that can help you a lot to create an input device that is more friendly to your characteristics or customs. The truth is that there are several very interesting models to choose from.
These keyboards, in addition to being ergonomic and offering the functions that any other keyboard can provide, are also very flexible when configuring and adapting them whatever you want. There are several types, such as mechanical ones, also with RGB lighting for those who like modding or are gamers, etc.
Specifically to me I would like to highlight 2 of these open source keyboards, although there are more models that you can look for:
- ErgoDox EZ: the first thing that stands out is that it is divided into two halves so that you can place them at the distance that best suits you. Some people are somewhat wider, others prefer to have their hands closer together, etc., but with this keyboard you can do it however you want. Also, you can download the schematics from GitHub. As I have already said, it is an ergonomic model so that your health does not suffer when using it and of the QWERTY type. It also has two additional keys known as Hyper and Meh that allow you to perform one-handed key combinations for keyboard shortcuts. The bad? Well, it is difficult to find, it has no Ñ since it is not Spanish and its price is really expensive ... about € 270.
- K type: in this case, you have a mechanical keyboard with RGB light, so far everything normal. But it is also an open source. Again the price and lack of demand are its main drawbacks, since it also has a value of around € 200. In this case it is not divided into two, it is in one piece like the conventional design, but it has a tenkeyless keyboard with an aluminum casing and a programmable firmware to be able to use several different layouts and specific shortcuts. You will also find an infinite rollover (N-key) and two special interrupts. The first is Halo True which mimics the Topre capacitive switch. The second is Halo Clear which is an optimized variant of Cherry MX Clear.
I hope that if you did not know them, I have shown you these wonders in this article ...