I usually use an ortholinear board so I use the correct fingers for all the keys. I would like to keep the columns the same (ie no angle mod) on my laptop because I have an ansi layout on the laptop and I have no good place to put the z key if I apply the angle mod. If I could graft a planck into my laptop that would be the best solution but I don't think it's very practical to bring a separate keyboard with me at all times.
But, but... if you use a ortholinear board most of the time, but sometimes have to use your laptop board, then I would have thought that would want to make the experience of using your laptop keyboard as near as possible to that of your external board. I would argue the angle mod should give you an experience which is closer to that of an ortholinear board than using the standard fingering.
Obviously the ideal solution would be to get a replacement ortholinear laptop board, but since that's basically not possible, applying the angle mod is going to be the next best option. Suerly typing Qwerty C with your middle finger on a standard board is going to be especially difficult once you're used to ortholinear. (I take the point about Z but most ANSI users find the Qwerty B position perfectly satisfactory for such an infrequent letter).
I mean, yes you can do cool things in the firmware of the planck - but you can also do most of those same things in software so that they work with the builtin keyboard too - which is just what stuff like Extend gives you. This way you get as much consistency of experience as possible across your input devices.
Last edited by stevep99 (27-Apr-2020 14:43:26)