|The Maltron Keyboard
|The Malt Layout
|The QWERTY Variant
You hit the E key with your thumb. Your thumb has much more to do than with most other keyboards. Malt claims 30% speed improvement over QWERTY with their Malt Layout.
The F type above has a built-in track ball.
with a layout like this:
Why yet another layout? Mainly to give the left thumb something useful to do. The Maltron balances the workload between the left and right hands better than does the Dvorak layout. It has adjacent English digraphs that fingers flow over effortlessly.
You can buy them from any of this list of distributors.
In email conversations with the keyboard’s co-inventor Stephen Hobday, I learned that the low volumes mean the keyboards are manufactured individually by hand. This explains the high price. Hobday would like the capital to invest in a low cost injection moulded version.
The above diagrams and images came from the Maltron website and in emails from Stephen Hobday.
Despite the high price, they are quite delicate.
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