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    Durgod Taurus 320 TKL

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    Anyone tried this keyboard?

    I'm interested as its programmable and I have a use-case where I can't mod the layout in the OS (work restriction)

    I'm also wondering if I could get a set of colemak dh keycaps for it?

    Its ISO and cherry switches

    Need a guru to guide me here...

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    I'd suggest trying the #hardware channel on the Colemak Discord server? Or any hardware-related forum that's also into alt layouts.

    Myself, I use EPKL wherever I have run rights at least (from an USB drive), and failing that I have a QUICKIE USB-2-USB device.

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    I don't know about this particular one but often boards being "programmable" just means you can remap the base layer keys. While that's quite nice, and definitely better than nothing, it seems a bit limiting nowadays. Especially if you want to take not just your base layout with you, but also Extend / Symbols layers, and all the other clever features that are supported in QMK, KMonad, etc. I think we have all been spoilt by recent advances in keyboardology (is that a word?).  I agree with DreymaR, the USB remapper device is probably the most flexible hardware-only based solution for "normal" keyboards.

    Last edited by stevep99 (14-Sep-2021 14:59:51)

    Using Colemak Mod-DH with some additional ergonomic keyboard mods.

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    Or a TMK/QMK compatible board, of course.

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    thanks steve/dreymar

    are there other programmable keyboards I could get then (UK)?

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    Depends a bit of whether you are sticking with the traditional form factor (ISO) or decide to go all in with one of the many QMK-based ergo designs.
    Although I didn't original plan to, I have ended up switching to ergo so I'm not sure on the state of programmable ISO boards. I suspect the majority of fully programmable traditional boards will be ANSI.

    Pre-made split ergo keyboards examples (not cheap though)
    - Moonlander
    - Ergo Dox
    - Keyboardio Atreus (I have one of these)

    For UK based, I just noticed https://mechboards.co.uk/ now have assembly service for various keyboard kits. Haven't used them myself though.
    There's also Falba Tech in Poland who will assemble and post to UK
    Also splitkb.com.
    Probably others too.

    Sadly being able to get fully programmable mech boards from mainstream retailers is still a way off.

    Using Colemak Mod-DH with some additional ergonomic keyboard mods.

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    ANSI is bad, since it's harder to mod both for Angle and Wide configurations. If ISO is hard to get, go with a fully ergonomic geometry instead.

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    are you still on the buckling spring dreymar, or have you got yourself a full ergo something?

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    Mostly on the old Thinkpad to be honest. For the most part I'm happily tapping away at chiclets. But yes – I do still have the Unicomp buckling spring board at my workplace. Programmability is maintained through my QUICKIE device.

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    Last edited by DreymaR (17-Sep-2021 11:53:25)

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    i have a thinkpad also, have you moved the keys around on it? I have, but only to a certain extent as the red dot precludes moving the g, h and b keys, no drama for g, but means h and b are wrong

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    No, I've grown cautious around chiclet jigs as they can easily break and you'll have to shell out for a replacement keyboard for your laptop which can be expensive. All I did with mine was to scratch the K marked key so I could home more easily with the Wide mod. Now I don't feel I need that anymore since I home just as well with the old J marked key without thinking about it. Good thing too, as the scratch I made has worn off for the most part.

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