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Make my own keyboard? Nobody makes the one I want

I want a wireless, ergonomic, backlit mechanical keyboard. It seems nobody makes such a thing. I'd settle for wired, but they don't even have that. So can I just buy any old keyboard that I want, and install my own mechanical switches? I don't mind doing that.

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no, you can't just buy a keyboard and put in mechanical switches.

you probably can't find anything because your ergonomic requirement is silly. unless you have a disability, using a keyboard properly negates any need for a funky form factor.

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By ergonomic are you talking about the split keyboards?

https://www.allthingsergo.com/mistel...chanical-keys/

https://shop.keyboard.io/

https://www.allthingsergo.com/exclus...chanical-keys/

https://unikeyboard.io/product/diverge/

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you probably can't find anything because your ergonomic requirement is silly. unless you have a disability, using a keyboard properly negates any need for a funky form factor.
I do have a disability.

Yes split would be fine. Although I may end up binding them at the bottom. The problem I've found with most of these split keyboards though, is that they'll leave the F keys (as in F1 etc) off of the top. And I like the spacebar to be an actual horizontal bar as is traditional. Something like this would be great, if anyone still makes anything like it:


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Mistel Barocco looks insanely attractive! i hope they have it in blue or white colors!


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Mistel Barocco looks insanely attractive! i hope they have it in blue or white colors


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Mistel Barocco looks insanely attractive! i hope they have it in blue or white colors
altho i would also recommend looking for keyboards with the right curves taht attain to your hand size & finger length.


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I think you need to come visit us over at geekhack.org.... where we share ideas and keyboard builds.

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Few keyboards are made wireless and backlit at the same time because of backlighting's power requirements.

I would check out the Kinesis Freestyle Edge, which is wired. Has stupid blue backlighting and available only in US-ANSI, otherwise I would have got one myself. Also, expensive kits to lift them up are extra ...

There are and have been lots of split ergonomic keyboard DIY kits made by hobbyists and small garage vendors, but you have to be at the right place (on the Internet) and at the right time to order a kit when it is available. Pretty much all have been wired and only a few have had backlighting though.
The trend right now is towards minimal keyboards with keys in a orthonormal grid though... (which I personally find more silly than beneficial)

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you probably can't find anything because your ergonomic requirement is silly. unless you have a disability, using a keyboard properly negates any need for a funky form factor.
No. A good ergonomic keyboards can help prevent keyboard-related injuries such as RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder fatigue.
The most direct benefit IMHO is larger separation between the hands, which can help your shoulders.

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