If you’re a born minimalist or just somebody with a small desk, you can’t do much better than the TypeMatrix. It’s one of the smallest keyboards you can buy, yet includes almost all of the commonly used keys and a strikingly usable numeric keypad. Plus – if you listen to TypeMatrix – it’s ergonomically beneficial as well.
A modern keyboard layout
The flagship feature of the TypeMatrix 2030 is the improved layout of its keys. Look down at your keyboard. Notice something odd about the way the key rows are staggered? Neither do most people. We just expect that C, for instance, doesn’t line up exactly with D, and U doesn’t line up exactly with J. While this might seem like some kind of ergonomic innovation, it turns out that there’s nothing innovative about it. Like QWERTY itself, the staggered layout is a holdover from the days of manual typewriters, when the keys had to be staggered to leave room for their mechanical arms. Unlike QWERTY, this ancient holdover can be changed without too much inconvenience for the user.
The TypeMatrix design straightens out the staggered keys, giving the keyboard a simple grid layout. But that’s not all. To further transfer some typing load away from the weaker pinkie fingers, TypeMatrix also moved some important keys. Enter, Backspace, and Delete are now in a straight column down the center of the keyboard. Personally I think this is a good idea, but it takes some getting used to – as do numerous other tweaks to the positions of keys like Ctrl, Alt, and Backslant.
Some people have reported typing clumsily for weeks after switching to the TypeMatrix. I was able to go fairly fast on it right away, though I had to look at my hands for accuracy. The biggest problem I experienced was with the right Shift key, which is further away than I’m used to. When I tried to type, for instance, the word “TypeMatrix,” I ended up with “\typeMatrix” instead – Backslant being where my pinkie expected to find Shift.
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