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The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard is a split mechanical keyboard which utilizes Cherry MX-style switches. It's also a fully programmable keyboard which can be vastly customized for your needs. If you need a compact ergonomic keyboard or looking for the programmers' keyboard, look no further!
"The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard feels just as sturdy split apart, as it does when it's joined together."
"… [UHK] lets you control your media and your mouse without leaving the home row. "
"They’re really serious about not taking your hands off the keyboard."
"The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard aims to provide users with comfort, productivity and durability"
"[The UHK] is proof positive that even compact, performance-designed, single-purpose gadgets can be designed for repair, from the ground up—complete with repair documentation."
"… there’s been a notable shortage of keyboards that reinvent the concept for people who spend more time working than playing. That’s where the UHK plans to come in."
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Two keyboard halves result in a more natural typing posture – rather than forcing your wrists to adapt to a straight keyboard, you can adjust your keyboard so that your wrists are straight. The halves are connected by a bridge cable which expands and shrinks as needed, occupying minimal desk space.
The halves connect together securely as one piece, which is useful for transportation purposes or if you happen to prefer a one-piece keyboard. When connected, you can unplug the bridge cable since there are connectors right between the halves that firmly mate upon connection.
Built to Last
The halves are connected by precision-machined, hardened-steel guides mounted to the stainless steel plates that form the endoskeleton of the keyboard. These guides, combined with a pair of neodymium magnets, not only result in a smooth connect/split experience but also create supreme durability.
High-end mechanical key-switches are used for a flawless typing experience. Unlike the switches of regular keyboards, these provide a satisfying tactile feel. They endure not 5 but 50 million keystrokes, do not degrade over their lifetime, and are replaceable for repair.
Hand Movements Minimized
Extensive hand movement happens during typing across the various blocks of a regular keyboard.
Using the UHK while typing requires minimal hand movement.
Regular keyboards place the mouse far from the home row, so it takes a lot of effort to reach for it.
The mouse is very close to the home row of the UHK, so it takes minimal effort on to reach out for it. Using the built in mouse layer can save even more movements.
Key Cluster Module
This module features 3 regular keys, 2 buttons and a mini trackball which can also be pressed – acting as an extra button. This is the only currently available module for the left keyboard half.
The trackball features excellent precision and usability and is well-suited to be used by a thumb. This module is designed for the right keyboard half.
The trackpoint surely brings back fond memories for those of you who have owned an IBM ThinkPad laptop in the past. With it, you can not only move the pointer, but click by pressing it. This module is designed for the right keyboard half.
The touchpad shouldn’t be stranger to anyone, given that it’s a part of pretty much every laptop and netbook ever manufactured. This add-on takes it to another level by placing the touchpad where it’s easier to reach – right at the middle of the keyboard. Of course, you can emulate clicking with a simple tap. This module is designed for the right keyboard half.
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The Four Layers of the Factory Keymap
Layers provide a way to map multiple functions to a single key. Think of the Fn key of laptops, but unlike laptops, there is not one but three layer-switcher keys, namely Mod, Fn, and Mouse. These three, in addition to the Base Layer, give you four separate layers.
Please realize that touch typists all around the world only utilize nine of their ten fingers on regular keyboards because everyone presses space with either the left or right thumb, leaving the other thumb unutilized. The Mod keys are strategically placed so that both of your thumbs can be utilized, allowing you to reach the Mod layer’s navigation functionality quicker than navigating on regular keyboards.
The Base layer contains the regular alphanumeric keys. It also includes the Super key, which acts as the Windows key on Microsoft Windows platforms or as the Command key on Apple Macintosh platforms.
The Mod layer contains often-used navigation and function keys. The Mod keys are thumb activated and thus very easily accessible. You’re able to navigate quickly without moving your hands around, saving you a lot of time over the long run.
The Fn layer contains media keys to adjust the volume, navigate across tracks and launch often-used applications. Many of these functions can often be found on laptops.
The Mouse layer enables you to control the mouse pointer and trigger mouse clicks and scroll-wheel movements, purely using keys and without leaving your keyboard.
The factory keymap is just the start! You can redefine the mapping in any way you see fit – and create multiple, custom, application-specific keymaps. Do you prefer exotic layouts? Looking for a Dvorak keyboard or a Colemak keyboard? Or do you want to use the Vim keymap? How about swapping Space and Mod? Any other crazy remapping ideas? Or do you just want to make your life a little easier with some convenient shortcuts? We’ve got you covered – Agent, our configuration application enables you to do everything you've ever dreamed of, and so much more!
Open Hardware, Software, and Firmware
The UHK was never meant to be a black box. It’s very important for us to open up the design so that you can infinitely customize it to your needs. We know that this mindset pushes innovation forward and it resonates with many of you. Check out our GitHub account for the UHK firmware, electronics design files, and the configuration application, Agent. You can even design your own add-on modules!
Take a Closer Look
Geek out with a 3D model! Rotate, zoom, and pan the keyboard. Go full screen to see all the little details, and cycle through the annotations for even more info.