Just bought it – PokerII min keyboard, but so disappointed !!
Since you can’t switch the CapsLock with other keys by hardware settings/options. That means this keyboard is totally useless for me as I’m so comfortable to use the CapsLock as left Ctrl to issue the shortcuts or command in IDE or Emacs.
According to the manual, you can use 4 switch to customize you keyboard.
- Switch the CAP with left Win. OMG, the only shortcut I knew about Win key is the Win-E, open a window. And on MacOSX, the Win key works as the mac flower key ( okay, I have to admit I didn’t know the name for the mac key ). It’s more convenient to locate the key in the original place.
- Switch the right Ctrl to `~ . In the Poker1, you have to press the Fn + Q to switch the ESC lock mode. The ESC key works as ESC or `~ characters if you switch the mode. It’s inconvenient to input the ~ or ` character if you are using the VIM. Switch the characters to right Ctrl save the VIM programmer since they can input these characters more quickly, and needn’t to think how to do. Applause !!!
- Left win = Fn , Okay I didn’t knew whether this makes sense or not as I don’t believe there are some guys would depend on the programming feature heavily. According the manual, you have to press the PN + key to trigger the defined key sequence.
- Protect the programming from writing, means lock the keyboard layout. Should switch it to On if you complete the programming.
In summary, we can say the option1 and option3 are almost useless. I didn’t know other guy’s review, but I would suggest them to change the design.
For my case, I would like to remap the CapsLock to Ctrol, Left shift to CapsLock, then maybe we can use the left Ctrl for character ` and ~.
With PokerII, maybe we can archive that even though I didn’t verify my idea.
- According to the manual, you can press the FN + right Shift to toggle the PN mode. Now, you don’t press the FN with the key, just press your defined key.
- So we can remap the Shift to Caplocks, then remap the Caplocks to left control.
But if we can switch the CapsLock by hardware switch, we don’t need to be so tedious. WTF!
By the way, when I was comparing the Poker I and II, I just found the feature of Fn + key was totally forgotten by myself. You would not to press the Fn + ASWD just for moving the arrow, instead I would press the Fn + Space to toggle the arrow mode for right-most four keys to be worked as arrow. PgUp and PgDown, oooh, not, you wouldn’t use it as they are so close, you have to be chicken hands to press them :) Actually on MacOSX or Linux, you often use the Ctrl + key to scroll up/down or use the excellent the touch pad on MBP.
Reference: Poker1 Manual (from a guy’s review)
The mode can be toggled off by pressing FN+Spacebar again. The “arrow lock” becomes very useful when having to do a lot of work with the cursor keys.
Example with “ESC lock” on:
Tilde key = ESC, FN+Tilde key = Tilde
Example with “ESC lock” off:
Tilde key = Tilde, FN+Tilde key = ESC
SW 1 ON: Lock left windows key
SW 2 ON: Windows_L, ALT_L swap position
SW 3 ON: Caps, Ctrl_L swap position
SW 4 ON: Windows_L becomes FN_L