Keyboard Layout Stagger vs Angled Grid Layout

By Xah Lee. Date: .

Good Reasons for 60% Non-Split Ortho Layout, 1-Piece Keyboard vs 2-Pieces Keyboard

keyboard layout stagger sucks 2020-12-25 Pp9m5
keyboard layout stagger sucks 2020-12-25

Microsoft covertly eliminating keyboard stagger

Our Microsoft, has been doing serious stuff to get rid of the stagger faak that is, by mass producing successful keyboards, that gradually remove the stagger. So that the nerd faaks didn't know about it and no complain. Let me do exhibit A:

microsoft surface book keyboard 2016 58947-s250
Surface Book Keyboard
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 2019 ws8km-s339x185
Microsoft Ergonomic 2019

Genius Microsoft. They knew, if they do grid layout outright, then a army of nerd faaks rises to bitch. So, they intro keyboards with slightly reduced slant every few years, LOL, imperceptibly and slowly changes the masses HABIT!. Killing your habit, root of the problem. Your habit faak.

stagger layout vs angled grid layout

The traditional stagger, if we ignore history, might be considered as a ergonomic workaround for ergo orientation, at least for the right hand. However, that thought failed to consider the home row angle. If you have a grid layout and you orient the keyboards to a inverted V, note that your home rows also orients properly. But with stagger, your home row remain a horizontal line, just your finger movement angle from moving up/down is changed.

symmetric inward stagger keyboards

the only good for stagger, is if they are symmetric.

NEC M-shiki keyboard NEC PC98 1992-s333x188
NEC PC-9801, 1992
utron keyboard 02-s289x217
ΞΌTRON, 2007
katana60 keyboard ytjb5-s413x151
semiergo keyboard layout 2017-41845-s275x227
Ergonomic Layout for Laptop

grid with separation

however, i still think stagger should be ban'd. Just do grid. With grid, you can space them apart, or angle inward to however you like. with traditional stagger, you are fixed into one angle.

Xah No Chord