Split keyboard Lily58.

Split keyboard Lily58.

Habré already had articles about this keyboard, but the authors already had assembled keyboards. It turned out that assembly is a very exciting activity that you definitely want to repeat in the future. Next, I will describe my impressions about the process and the keyboard itself.

💡 Idea

My previous mechanical keyboard was scheduled for 5 years and they passed. Interest grew from here. I didn’t want to change it to a similar one just like that, so an exotic one caught my eye – a split keyboard. In its finished form, nothing interesting went on sale and the idea died out, but it made it to the list of desired gifts. The subject of Santa Claus came up and for the new year I received the main part of the details from Lily58. I wanted a minimalist device, but enough buttons for Cyrillic and numbers. So many candidates were rejected, and then the choice was almost random (the final choice was made based on the inspiration of this article).

All the elements are very small, but for some reason there were no problems

🏭 Compilation

The assembly turned out to be very exciting. I had some soldering experience, but ten years ago. It took 2 sessions in an hour to fully solder one half. I was surprised that the flashing took more time and effort. If there are many manuals about mechanical assembly, then there are only separate universal ones for all keyboards about flashing. After filling the firmware, the buttons worked. When the second half was ready, everything went smoothly for her as well. But when connecting two halves at once, only the one to which the USB was connected worked.

Candles are easy to insert and easy to remove. In the future, you can easily change them to others

Then there were several days of solving this problem. No matter how much I fiddled with the multimeter, all the contacts were fine. The problem was not only mine, and in all forums there was always a happy ending. Having tried a lot of configurations, it was possible to achieve results on the very day when the delivery of the buttons itself was expected. After inserting the buttons, some turned out not to be workers – 4 on one half and 2 on the other. It turned out that they had bad soldering. I had to partially disassemble and solder everything again. As a result, everything worked out. Thanks to these micro-problems in the assembly, I really enjoyed the process. It’s like playing through a game where some difficult levels make you sweat.

Tools from QMK were used for firmware

👐 Ten fingers

I use about 6 fingers when typing on a regular keyboard. Since the new keyboard is not only divided, but also has a different arrangement of buttons (the rows of buttons are not shifted and the columns are even), I decided to switch to a 10-finger set while learning the keyboard. A quick measurement revealed that I usually type at a speed of 39 words per minute in English and 49 in Russian. On the new keyboard, the indicator was 9 in English and 5 in Russian. Almost 10 times slower. The slowdown was due to: – 10 fingers and possible equal arrangement of key columns – index fingers wanted to press buttons that were now on the other half – special. the symbols caused a stupor. Question marks, punctuation and others seemed to be in their place, but the brain was very dull – navigation was difficult. I’m used to using the arrows and Home, End, Pg Dn, Pg Up keys. But in this clave they were on another layer and it was very unusual. – the Ctrl and Shift keys have been rearranged, and Enter is now not on the left, but on the thumb, and “is” is now in the right corner.

Working with layers without cheat sheets was not realistic at first

🏢 A full day with the keyboard

On the third day, I took the keyboard to work to test it in real conditions. Candle boxes are ideal for transportation.

When you assemble the keyboard yourself, you do not have any guarantees or confidence in the reliability of the assembly, according to the transportation, you have to be more careful

Slow printing greatly slowed down processes. By the afternoon, the wrist of the left hand was tired. I think this is due to the fact that there is a watch on that hand, and her position is more semi-suspended. But this is not accurate. It was also decided to move the “x” button to its original place. (If other changes in location were made by English-speaking authors for a reason, and could turn out to be more convenient, then there was no such confidence in the specifics of the Cyrillic alphabet). And in my custom layout, I forgot about the “=” button. I just didn’t have it 😀 By the end of the third day, the typing speed increased to 20 words per minute in Russian, almost half of full speed.

Since many layers and button values ​​change, I wanted neutral images instead of banal Ctrl, Alr, Shift, Win, etc.

❓ Why all this at all?

This is a gift. It’s a hobby. This is an expansion of the worldview. This is brain flexibility training. It causes a “Wow” effect. This is, in fact, a planned equipment upgrade. And it’s also an excuse to write more (including this article) and get aesthetic pleasure from typing.

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