I look for a Framework laptop since quite some while, and the new 16 inch version does look amazing
Still, looking at the keyboard, it pains me to see that you went with the half-sized arrow keys. Thats a deal breaker, and not only for me: Keyboard arrow keys
I understand that you have good reasons for it, and that you cant easily add the option for a fully customized keyboard.
Two options, that I can see:
Full sized arrow keys by default
Full sized arrow keys on a community designed, own layout.
I would suggest, that we introduce a keyboard option for coders, professionals and gamers.
Something that spares the second shift key, the capslock and similar shinenigans, and therefor introduced proper sized arrow keys.
The US variant could provide a good basis for that.
I second that. I am a keyboard-centric coder and I would buy a fully loaded Framework 16 laptop right now (if it was available) because of its modularity and serviceability. But! Small arrow keys make it absolutely a “no-go”. I spend 12 hours a day or more using a keyboard and a lot of it involves arrow keys. Given the fact that the whole idea of the product is that it is modular and upgradable, it shocks me that there is no normal-size arrow keys option. I would seriously pay extra for such an option.
What is even more sad, there was a similar discussion about 13" model back in 2021 on this forum, with quite a lot of support from the current and potential customers, and nothing came out of this.
Just when I thought that I have found a laptop of my dreams, the small arrow keys happen!
Unless you’re already using a laptop that has a QMK keyboard and have mapped the fn + WASD keys to something else, you aren’t losing keys. You’re gaining QMK.
I find it ideal to be able to keep my left hand on the keys and my right hand on the mouse/trackpad as much as possible. Also, if you play games, moving around on a computer with WASD is pretty natural.
I agree that having full-size arrow keys would have been better than not having them, provided it doesn’t ruin the Shift key like that layout does on some keyboards.
Absolute legend. I had in no way thought of doing this. Imma do it with hjkl though but I think I’m starting to understand why QMK is so sick. I love this, I’m going to procrastinate so hard making my keyboard do whatever the hell I want it to