The Minivan will work the same no matter what device you plug it into. I still have moments when I need to peek — I don’t use underscore often enough to remember it’s the “D” key on layer 2. So you can assign new characters to your keyboard. The Minivan was designed by “The VanMan” from The Van Keyboards, who was also the designer of the Lightcycle keyset I used in my recent Tron homage build. As The VanMan points out, a 40% keyboard can vastly reduce hand movement and lead to greater efficiency. If anyone else has similar issues, I just had to clone evangs/qmk_firmware from GitHub instead, and everything worked great. They nest directly in the PCB, and you solder them in place. CahMan. One for home and one for the office. Again, having the large enter key on the right side of the board would take up a lot of space, and there aren’t as many rows available in this layout. Despite being so small, the Minivan has good heft — it feels expensive, but not bulky. The goal of this subreddit is to provide daily links … Press J to jump to the feed. It turns out there are some good reasons to use a keyboard like this, but there are also some drawbacks. The full-sized keyboard most people are familiar with has around 104 keys, but mechanical keyboard enthusiasts have been trimming that number down to make boards more compact and efficient. It’s fun to use, portable, easy to build, and highly configurable. Each switch has two solder points, and I didn’t add LEDs. The kit comes with small bumpons for the bottom, but there are also optional holes for larger feet (which make it more comfortable in my opinion). Keyboard lovers Clicking and Clacking in a content rich, friendly place. 2. You’ll have to get a soldering iron, but the Minivan is actually a good first project as it’s small and has just a few parts: the case, PCB (connects via USB Type-C), and stabilizers (the wires under longer keys). 2. The app has a simple, easy to understand interface. TheVan Keyboards began April 1st 2016 with the launch of the TheVan44 group buy. My initial goal with that first group buy was to produce two boards for myself. Current key colors; Character Picker {{}} User-Defined Glyphs ; Options; Permalink; Sign in with GitHub {{}} My Layouts; Starred Layouts; Manage GitHub Permissions; Log out; Add Key. The Minivan is also fully programmable, so you can change any key or function layer action to whatever you want. This works great if I use the hex file it generates, but the Layout Generator doesn't have a few features I'm wanting to use, so I decided to poke around in the source files that it provides, and building the hex file using the general QMK process ( If you are adding an RGB strip to a board that doesn't have lighting by default, you need to configure it from scratch: In unity, the keycodes are defined in the KeyCode enum and can't be changed unless you have the engine source. The Minivan has a few clever tricks to make the most of its limited key count. Regular price $290.00 Sale price $285.00 NIU Mini 40% DIY kit. The VanMan offers a few sets specifically for the Minivan — the set I used for this build is called GMK 80s Kid. I’m surprised how easily I adapted to having the enter key on the bottom row, but I do still forget sometimes. This is running the latest qmk version too!!!!!! New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the MechanicalKeyboards community, Continue browsing in r/MechanicalKeyboards. PCMag Digital GroupExtremeTech is among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission.