I wrote an article about the redesign of MNT Reform https://mntre.com/media/news_md/2019-05-20-reintroducing-reform.html
@mntmn looks great; nice work!
at the risk of sounding predictable, do you know if there's much demand for labeled keycaps? seems like the cost/benefit ratio is pretty low, and that the set of folks interested in a DIY laptop doesn't have that much overlap with the set of folks who need labels to type.
@technomancy yeah, the beta version with actual customers revealed that more people need labels than you would expect. even if you’re a touch typist, it can be disorienting not to have labels.
@mntmn interesting. at least, people think they need labels anyway, and that's a good enough reason.
good to see you've done research. will you offer blanks as well?
@technomancy yeah we could do that on request!
@mntmn aaaaactually I would probably replace the whole kb with my own switch plate that isn't row-staggered and source it all myself...
so never mind =)
@Naughtylus @technomancy it’s because a lot of people (like me) have a hard time changing to that after decades of using staggered. i tried with a typematrix keyboard but failed. but i’m strongly considering the option to make an ortho version of the keyboard as an option anyway, it’s easy to do relative to other customizations.
@brad @Naughtylus @technomancy sure. the space bar is already split up btw. but you have to understand that most people don’t have the patience/will to go through a long transition period, so it can’t be the default. i will make it an option in the crowdfunding and see how many people will order with ortho layout. i think that’ll be a good indicator.
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