In an effort to achieve pure minimalism, I decided to shop for a compact keyboard. While shopping, I looked for the following:
- Mechanical switches
- Dedicated media controls
- Multiple device support
- RGB backlightning
It turns out, finding a keyboard with these exact requirements was quite challenging. After a long search, the Kono 67° became by top choice.
If you’re used to typing on full-sized keyboard (like I was), you’ll quickly realize that certain shortcuts are cumbersome (in some cases, impossible) on a compact keyboard. For example, the classic
F4 keystroke now requires an unnatural three-finger pattern to perform. For the most part, these issues can be remedied through software.
Sometimes, someone else has already discovered a solution to your problem; in macOS, the default keystroke to close a window is
F4 or modifier key required. Since
⌘ are generally both in the same location on the keyboard, I use Keyboard Manager to remap
F4. Everytime I press
Q, the computer interprets it as
Summon Windows Terminal
The one Windows Terminal feature I cannot live without is
. The keystroke to summon a Quake Mode terminal (
`) is already so engrained in muscle memory that I am unwilling to relearn/remap anything. Since
Esc is where I’d normally expect the backtick key to be, could I remap the Quake Mode shortcut to
Esc is already bound to “Exit Magnifier” (
), but because I never use Magnifier, I remap
As I always say:
“If it can’t be done in software, make more software.”
As a catch-all solution, I have Wink which can simulate keyboard presses (but it must be used from a command line).
I’ve already spent more money than I care to admit on keyboards. With a few modifications/keycap replacements, I think I’ve found a “silver bullet” of a keyboard.