I have been envious of the neatness of my friend’s 60% keyboards for some years. I’ve also liked the idea of taking up less desk space and minimising the amount of movement I have to make with my arm when moving from keyboard to mouse.
However, whenever I’ve thought about the real-world use of a 60% keyboard, the loss of so many keys has always been a deal breaker. The Red Scarf III 84 key tenkeyless scratches that itch, but retains a full set of functions keys, along with directional arrows, Home, End, PgUp and PgDn.
- Keyboard: RedScarfIII
- Layer Mode: Simple
- Composite Layer: Paste raw data from my RedScarf III 84 (RS84) keyboard layout
- Tools → Import Fn
"0":["ACTION_LAYER_MOMENTARY",1], "1":["ACTION_FUNCTION",2,0], "2":["ACTION_FUNCTION",7,1], "3":["ACTION_FUNCTION",7,0], "4":["ACTION_FUNCTION",4,0], "5":["ACTION_FUNCTION",3,0], "6":["ACTION_BACKLIGHT_STEP"], "7":["ACTION_BACKLIGHT_STEP"], "8":["ACTION_BACKLIGHT_DECREASE"], "9":["ACTION_BACKLIGHT_INCREASE"]
- Leave this default.
Download .eep file
- Optionally download my premade keymap:
Luke's Red Scarf III 84 layout (8 downloads)
- Open kemap.eep in Notepad
Flashing the keymap
- Unplug cable from keyboard.
- Hold down far top left key – usually
- While holding down the top left key, plug the cable back into the keyboard.
Caps LockLED should be flashing now.
- File → Print keymap.eep from Notepad.
- Leave this default.
- Leave all settings default.
- When you hit the Print button, the
Caps LockLED should flicker for a second or two and then stop.
- Once the
Caps LockLED is off, unplug the cable from the keyboard again.
- Plug the cable back into the keyboard!
This last part of the process should take less than a minute.
Good luck, have fun!
I’ll add some description to these links as and when I have time. They’re all useful or interesting.
- TMK Keymap Generator
- digi’s post, on Ivan’s group buy, on how to setup the RS84
- Replacing the remote control
- More RS3 programming
- Red Scarf III 84 on Taobao.com fpr approx £150
- Gateron Clear Switches
- how to update TMK firmware
- Someone else’s RS84, but with brown switches, urgh 😀
- Programming the Red Scarf Keyboards
- TMK key codes
- How to program an RS3 in Linux
- more TMK key codes
- RS2 variant, no F-keys
- Complex, multiplayer layout
- Red Scarf III 84 photos on Google
- Can I get £ and € on Fn keys?
- £ and € on ErgoDox
- Some keycaps
- Massdrop RS2 buy
- Docs for the RS2
- How to compile TMK firmware for an ErgoDox
- ErgoDoz EZ
- Someone’s account of the ErgoDox EZ
- Ergodox Layout Programing – Non-US layout keys