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Discussion on: Moving to Split Keyboard AND new layout!

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Leon Guillaume

I wanted to take a moonlander, but since I bought a planck keyboard recently I don't really want to swap again.

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Daniel Mayovsky Author

Ortholinear is already a step in the right direction in my books :)
Moonlander is really expensive to be honest. If you don't mind something more hands-on, I would recommend Iris or Kyria. Those have wide thumb key areas like Moonlander, but have to be assembled manually. You could pay for assembly service and it would still come out cheaper than the Moonlander. That being said, Moonlander comes with a wrist rest, but you could get one custom made for about $40-50 with ease.
But Moonlander has a return policy, unlike custom-made keyboards :|

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Leon Guillaume

Yes I know, but the problem is that I live in France, so for the assembly service I will have to pay for a shit ton of shipping and taxes and for assembling it by myself, I manage to fuck up multiple Arduino card in high school due to my bad soldering skills, but sure a Kyria is a good solution and I wanted to build a Lily 58 but the component were unavailable.

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Daniel Mayovsky Author

I think it's not that hard to do this build.
The only demanding task soldering skill-wise is soldering on the tiny diodes. Everything else is more so carefulness-wise taxing. You have to make double-triple-quadruple sure you are soldering things on the right side, in the right direction in the right pin-out. The actual skill in doing that is low, it's just the carefulness.