You've heard of a 60% keyboard and even a 40% keyboard, but this PiPi Gherkin mechanical keyboard, powered by the itty fantasy Raspberry Pi Pico"He's really pressing." As a full-time writer, any of the 104 full keys is a challenge for me; this keyboard it has only 30.
The way anyone can use a 30% keyboard is beyond me.
Each key is full size, which at least gives it a useful appearance, but without a backspace key, a return key, or even a dedicated space bar, this little thing would land up and the entire veteran small-format typist.
Hackaday writer Donald Papp urges us not to be discouraged by the lack of keys, although he says, "It has more functionality than it seems at first glance." Instead of using a combination of function keys, the bottom row has "dual function keys to hold down". technically there is a space bar, according to some useful commentators, it is assigned to the right arrow key for some reason.
Of course, everything can be re-mapped. With the use of layer states, changing the default layer means that it is possible to switch between Dvorak, Colemak or Workman designs quite easily. And by programming individual layer states you can "overlay the base layer with other functions," according to the file github explainer at least.
Sure, there are less useful keyboards, but I’m still not convinced I can work with the Gherkin PiPi. Although, as Papp points out, "for some applications, it's better to be smaller."
You keep saying it, friend.