LY092 Mini Keyboard
USA is thriving with crowd funded fancy keyboards that will become available in year 3000, or DIY keyboards that takes a life-time to build your own.
Meanwhile in China, sound ergonomic keyboards, are a dime a dozen, and 5 times cheaper, and you can buy it NOW.
Here's one of them, made by a company Smart Yao in Shanghai started in 2014. (上海灵瑶信息技术有限公司是一家从事电子产品研发和销售的创新型科技公司, 公司成立于2014年3月)
The model is “LY092 mini keyboard”, with many variations.
• Each keypad keys are programable keys. You define what each key does.
• Each keypad act independently. So, buy 2 keypads, and you have a split keyboard. Or use each as gaming pad or shortcuts keypad.
• The keys can be programed to type macro, e.g. copy cut paste, or for gaming, or CAD apps, video/audio/image editing apps, etc.
• Mechanical keys with Gateron switch of your choice.
There are a few variations on the physical layout.
They have a few choices of key switches, i've seen Gateron red and Gateron black.
Some versions are backlit.
- 【43 Programmable keys】Program all 43 keys or create complex macros with the configuration software to take full command of your computer. Perfect not only for gamers, but also for so many other types of users including designers and video editors
- 【Built-in MCU】after keyboard keys be set up, it will be automatically stored in keyboard's MCU, and no need reset the keyboard even replace the computer
- 【Support 9 kinds key program types】 Normal/FN-Shift/Mouse/Combination/Burst/Round-Robin/Continue/Jitter/Special Functions/Disable key types, different key type with different function
- 【Cherry MX Blue switches】Cherry MX Black switches with trigger travel of 2.4mm, plus full anti-ghosting ensures great feel and accuracy
- 【Portable Mini keypad】Portable Mini keypad, Effectively save desktop space. You can connect the keypad and a 104-key keyboard with the same computer at the same time, they will not interfere with each other.
LY092 Mini Keyboard, Staggered Layout
here's the more traditional staggered layout. Comes in left-handed version and right-handed version.
Here's another model, i haven't looked into.
Total Key Count
Each keypad has 44 to 48 keys, depending on model.
Where to Buy
company site http://www.smartyao.com/
taobao shopping site. https://shop114100401.world.taobao.com/
Get a Chinese friend to read for you.
or on amazon. I only found the staggered left-hand version as programable keypad, told by a reseller, probably not official Buy at amazon