Key Switch vs Layout, Which is More Important for Ergonomics?

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

if you can only pick one, then, good key switches is more important than the physical layout design, such as split and tenting. Because, key switches interact with your hand muscles.

For example, this


is better than

MS sculpt kbd 20201129 XwxHB-s250
Microsoft Sculpt 😒

because the kemove has mechanical key switches. [see Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms]

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