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Marzanna
post Feb 3 2019, 06:42 AM
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Hello.
I found Cosmo is very interesting… BUT I noticed that it has quite inconvenient keyboard layout.
Enter button is too tall and there is nothing between Enter key and Backspace key. This kind of design is VERY annoying sometimes. Because it's very easy to miss and hit Enter instead of Backspace.
All my keyboards and laptops have Backslash key between Enter and Backspace keys.
I wonder if there will be options with sane keyboard layouts…
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James Shields
post Jun 24 2019, 12:45 PM
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The Gemini/Cosmo have had exactly the same layout as the Psion 5 from prototypes to final product, right down to the odd irregular spacing around the edges (I'm pretty sure the prototypes did use a Psion keyboard). I was wondering if this was to allow the old moulding tools to be reused.

I'm generally very happy about this, but it is definitely a UK layout with a vertical return key rather than a US one with a horizontal one.

I don't know if it was essential to keep the Psion layout, but I'm not surprised that there will only be one physical layout, as varying the layout between markets would mean additional tooling, which is a significant expense on a short run product.
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MonkeyControl
post Jun 24 2019, 10:44 PM
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QUOTE(James Shields @ Jun 25 2019, 08:45 AM) *
I don't know if it was essential to keep the Psion layout, but I'm not surprised that there will only be one physical layout, as varying the layout between markets would mean additional tooling, which is a significant expense on a short run product.

Link to Interesting video interview with Martin Riddiford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_TybtULQVo
About 3:45 in he talks for a couple of minutes about the keyboard design and production methods. A nice little insight.
The one thing I would change on any keyboard I've used is that I've always thought that the number row should read 0 to 9, not 1 to 9 then 0, I might have a play with that when my Cosmo arrives.
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