Keyboard Hardware Dvorak vs Software Dvorak

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Which is better, keyboard with Dvorak layout builtin, or software Dvorak via the operating system?

There are advantages for both.

Hardware Dvorak Advantage


Software Dvorak Advantage


Switching Layout

Using software Dvorak, you can easily toggle between QWERTY or DVORAK, by hitting a key combination in OS, such as Left Alt+Shift.

Using hardware Dvorak, you can usually easily toggle too, either by pressing a special key, or less conveniently by using a switch on the back of the keyboard. It depends on the keyboard.

For example, on Kinesis Advantage Keyboard, you can switch by pressing special button progm+F3 for QWERTY and progm+F4 for Dvorak.

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For example, on TypeMatrix Keyboard, press fn+F1 to toggle Dvorak.

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List of Dvorak Keyboards

List of Dvorak Keyboards

Keyboard Layouts



Layout Efficiency

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