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  • CPU
    i7 4770K @ 4 GHz
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Z87-Deluxe
  • RAM
    32 GB Corsair DDR3-1600
  • GPU
    SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 Fury @ 1150 MHz core
  • Storage
    240 GB SSD (OS + programs)
    4 TB HDD (files)
    1 TB SSD (games + VMs)
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2
    CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD
  • Display(s)
    BenQ GW2255
    Samsung SyncMaster 940BF
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    Logitech G610 w/ Browns + o-rings
  • Mouse
    Logitech G403 Prodigy (Wired)
  • Sound
    Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7
    Kanto YU5
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. I saw a post recently proposing an alternate compact layout for keyboards, trying to find a compromise between saving space but retaining functionality, which is something I like since I've been interested in the idea for a while but don't like the layout on anything I've seen before.  To that end, this is what I would propose:




    My thought process was this:

    1. Strip all the extra crap from the numpad that isn't numbers.  Does anyone even use the secondary functions anyway?
    2. Take the arrow keys and "6 key block" and simply shift them over as-is with no rearrangement and drop them on top as secondaries.  By retaining the layout, usability is (I think) preserved.

    Only getting to actually use this creation for a while would allow me to know if I truly like it for day to day operation, but short of that, I think it's the best I can come up with.  What do you think?

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    2. Curufinwe_wins


      I don't think I'd ever want to go back to having to actually toggle num lock off again. Few things ever make me more angry than using a number pad and hitting those secondary functions. Plus the 6/9+4 blocks is crazy conveniently compressed relative to their individual goals, so I happen to like both of them a lot.


      Num pad on the left is definitely something I'd grow to love though.  Except that some stupid ass games don't like numpad numbers. I forget how or why that's an issue, but someday I need to just strip the second layer and make the num pad always on in truth.

    3. Ryan_Vickers


      Yeah I really don't understand why there is even a second layer on a traditional fullsized board.  Everything it offers with numlock off is just a less convenient duplication of other buttons that already exist.

    4. Curufinwe_wins


      Yep. Plus I daily drive at work and home Naga mice, so I have a num pad on my mouse itself, so moving num pad to the left hand would actually end up more convenient anyways (also lefthanded... so yeah)