The Miniguru uses mechanical keyboard switches in three variants: clicky, tactile or linear. The switch type can be selected and previewed in the configurator. Mechanical switches actuate after about half the key travel avoiding a hard stop at the end. The clicky and tactile versions give audible and/or tactile feedback when the contact is being made.
Always on the Home Row
Efficient touch typing requires the fingers on the home row. Meaning the index fingers resting on the F and J keys. Editing on a regular keyboard forces the right hand to constantly leave the home row for the cursor keys. Then find the home row again to continue typing. It takes time. And it’s not convenient.
The Miniguru puts the editing keys where they are in direct reach. On a second layer that is thumb-activated by the swirl keys. Fast and convenient. Only second layer keys are active when the swirl is pressed and there is a one key distance to the modifier keys and Enter.
Reaching for the mouse is another leave frome the home row. An integrated pointing stick helps with this. The buttons are at the front of the space bar, pushed with the tip of the thumb.
While the factory layout will be fine for most users, it is possible to change it and store these changes permanently in the firmware of the Miniguru. The changes will be immediately available, even when the keyboard is plugged into a different computer. No additional driver necessary.
Layouts can be published and shared on guru-board.com. When a layout has been downloaded it can be used as is, or single layers can be imported into existing layouts.
Sounds complicated? Most layout changes will be small additions to existing layouts. Like volume controls or recurring phrases.
The keyboard is the major interface between the user and the computer. When a computer is replaced a good keyboard will stay.
Different people have different requirements. The keyboard should adapt to that. Not the other way round. Especially if an item will be around for a long time.
Choose from body, keycap and stick colors, switch type, physical layout, keycap languages and whether there will be a pointing stick. The preview configurator already supports colors and switches. Try it out!
The footprint of the Miniguru is not bigger than the alpha part of a regular keyboard.
This has several advantages beside being ‘always on the home row’:
- There is instantly more desk space which allows for moving the keyboard around and adapting its location to different seating positions.
- It is easy to take along when travelling.
- It can be used on top of a notebook keyboard as a substitute for the built-in device. As notebooks get smaller the built-in keyboard often doesn’t have the standard key pitch of 19.05mm (3/4″) anymore.
Small feet are a problem when a keyboard is used on top of a notebook keyboard. The small feet fall into the gaps between the notebook’s keycaps and can’t hold the keyboard in place anymore. The Miniguru has large feet to avoid this.
The pic on the right shows the design prototype. The final version will not have the random pattern of screws seen here. Promised. And the two middle feet may not make it into the final version.
USB Hub Included
The built-in USB hub allows the connection of other USB devices like for example a digital camera or a memory stick to the Miniguru.
An additional power plug is supplied if the hub needs full spec power which would not be possible through the single cable. See FAQ for an in-depth explanation.
The mini USB plug connects the keyboard to the host computer.