I’ve bought a keyboard recently, HHKB. Here’s one from amazon
Actually, at the time when I bought it, I’m not exactly sure if I need it or
not – the reasons that I bought it, to be honest, are:
- I need an external keyboard.
- It looks geeky, and cool
- The review says that it is good.
However, after two days of usage, I think I may not like it that much (although,
I’ll be continuing using it). Here’s the pros & cons as below:
Update: after nearly 10 months using it, I found myself cannot leave it already.
- Good feeling of Key-Stroke. It has a longer key stroke distance.. which make
it more confortable to press than the Laptop Keyboard.
- Can be placed directly on top of Mac’s own keyboard. It share the same size
with the Mac Keyboard. Therefore, if I’m using my Mac only, I can simply
place the keyboard on top of the keyboard. However, if that, please remember
to disable the keyboard below.. otherwise, there would be some issues of
Different keyboard layout
It’s very compact. I think it is purposely designed to be small, so that it is
easy to be take. I personally don’t mind a keyboard to be huge, as long as I got
Most of the keys I need. However, this is observiously not the case.
Here is a simple layout of the keyboard:
Here’re several pain points I’m having:
- The direction key has disappeared. One would have to press:
fn if one has to press the direction key. However, direction key is often
pressed while in the normal input mode – it is then very troublesole because
I then would have to.. shift my right hand, so that my little finger can
fn, while my index, middle, and ring finger can press the
direction keys. So for my right hand, instead of having to leave the main
editing area once (I’ve muscle-memorized the location of the direction key),
I’ll then have to.. first position my little finger, and then find the
direction keys using.. usually.. my middle finger. It consumes more of my
attention like that.
- Tilta, together with the
`, has been moved to the top right; while the
ESC key is holding the original position. This is very inconvenient to me
because that… I actually type
~ lots of times. In the beautiful old days,
whenever I need to type the beautiful ‘~’ sign, I only need to shift my
little finger to the left shift, as a holder, and then use my ring finger to
type the key above tab. Actually, this is so easy that I’m very used to the
style when I type ‘~’ in my daily chatting; also whenver I got lost in the
terminal, the first I’d do, is to type ‘~’ so that I can happily go home.
However, this is now impossible. Because the ‘~’ is now shiftted to be above
DEL key – now whenever I need to type the ‘~’, my right hand would
have to shift a lot more, and it requires the cooperation from the two hand
– because it is very hard to type the right shift key at the same time –
therefore, my left little finger have to go & press the left shift.
- Moving down of the
DEL key – now the
DEL key has been moved down to
right above the
Return key. Yes, it is easier to press; but I don’t realy
need to press the
DEL that often. In the mean while, although difficult to
press, I think
Update as of 2020-06-12
I’ve been using HHKB happily since I first bought it.
What’s more, I have 2 HHKB now – one for office, one for home. So that I have exactly the same setup for all my workstations.
I’ve also used to the location of the control key on HHKB now. Actually, whenever I use a new Laptop, the first thing is
to put switch the control key with the caps-lock key.
What I like the most about HHKB is that, it has 2 USB extension port. I can connect a mouse to it – so that I can just
connect a single cable to my Desktop/Laptop’s USB port. It makes my table cleaner.
However, my colleges complains on the noise produced out of this keyboard, even if I used the type-S version (which is
supposed to be quieter).