Staggered keyboard layout is the common layout we use every day. You can clearly see the difference between the two here.
The keyboards is split into two angled ortholinear sections.
Ortholinear keyboard vs staggered. Note that i couldn t find any academic research on this issue. As time went on the layout stopped changing and has been the same since ideation. Keys are arranged into a square grid without any vertical stagger in the rows.
40 keyboard form factor can be either staggered or ortholinear. On the other hand ortholinear keyboards have keys straightly aligned where the keys make a uniform grid. Since the keys are smaller and closer together it makes you much faster at typing too.
Been using standard staggered keyboards all my life but i m considering jmping down yet another rabbit hole and that rabbit hole consists of ortholinear and ortholinear split keyboards as well as ortholinear 40 keyboards. He has a background in mechanical engineering and wants to apply his expertise to break down how mechanical keyboards and other tech work to show the world all of the cool aspects of the hobby. It has the keys diagonally aligned.
Ortholinear keyboards have keys straightly aligned. Jake has been an avid mechanical keyboard user for the past six years. Put your fingers on the home row then naturally extend them to the next row.
You will see that they re all over the place. Staggered keyboards are the norm because of how keyboards were designed in the past. In my view matrix ortholinear keyboards are strictly less ergonomic than staggered columnar keyboards because there is no clear benefit to not staggering the rows.
Where the keys in staggered keyboards have the keys diagonally aligned and it s the kind we use all the time. I use a kinesis advantage. The left and right sections are not even symmetrical.
If you looked at your keyboard you will see the o key positioned slightly to the left of the l key below it and so on. They are far more naturally ergonomic than a staggered keyboard if you make use of a wrist rest too they compete with even top of the line ergonomic keyboards. Both in terms of speed and comfort.
It s the best layout i ve ever used. Unlike normal keyboards that use a staggered layout ortholinear keyboards have a more even look as all the keys are laid out in a grid like fashion. Look at your staggered keyboard.