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Programmable and Compact

Ortholinear keyboards are computer keyboards with their keys arranged in a grid layout. It can be a fun DIY project to assemble your own keyboard, add your own switches, and program your own keymappings.

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Compact

With the smaller form factor on ortholinear keyboards, your fingers aren't more than two keys away from what is considered home row on most key keyboards. They are a favorite for those who want to carry their keyboard on the go.

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Programmable

Most ortholinear keyboards available allow you to fully customize your key mappings and can even play music if your keyboard has speakers! Most utilize the open-source QMK firmware making easier than ever to setup your keyboard the way you like.

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Ortholinear Keyboards

Not only are ortholinear keyboards useful, they're pretty freaking cool

There are a plethora of keyboards to choose from and below are our recommendations on getting started. It can be a fun DIY project to assemble your own ortho keyboard, add your own switches, and program your own keymappings.

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OLKB Plank & Preonic

OLKB Planck & Preonic

OLKB is the producer of the highly popular Planck & Preonic Ortholinear keyboards. The owner, Jack Humbert, is also the founder of QMK. These keyboards are sold on the OLKB website and frequently on Drop.com

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Idobo ID75

Idobo ID75

The Idobo ID75 is a 75 key keyboard, larger than most standard ortholinear keyboards. A common layout has the alphas split on the sides with extra function keys in the middle. This is a great alternative if you want extra programmable keys opposed to the 48 keys on the OLKB Planck and 60 keys on the OLKB Preonic.

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Split Keyboards

Moonlander Ergodox

You can usually spot a split keyboard if it has two seperate PCBs connected by a cable. Split keyboards literally half the keyboard to better the ergonomics and encourage better touch typing. The ones mentioned here are only a few.

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NIU40 / NIU Mini

NIU 40 NIU Mini

The NIU 40 / NIU Mini is a 40% keyboard similar to the Planck ortholinear keyboard. You purchase them a DIY kit at KBDFans. A bit cheaper than the OLKB offerings, it offers similar functionality and features.

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