Starcraft 2 and Keyboards

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by aki, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. aki, Nov 10, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010

    aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    Ok so I've been playing for a while on my regular iMac extended USB keyboard and works well enough. However lately I've found my D key is "sticking" a little (sometimes I have to hit it harder than other keys to get it to register); and I've read a lot about the supposed virtues of mechanical keyboards - and so I've been thinking about other options.

    Here's the thing. On a standard Mac keyboard, as you would all be aware, the Control key is in the middle of the far left column. Last night I tried playing with a very cheap Elecom PC keyboard, which as most (all?) PC keyboards has the Control key located in the bottom left corner.

    I found this much more awkward to use. Basically, to be able to set controlgroups I have to depress the control key with my small finger and span up awkwardly to hit a number key, twisting my hand around to the left.

    On the iMac keyboard, I'm really just shifting my hand up the keyboard a little. I can use my small or my ring finger, and because my hand isn't twisting around I can be sure of hitting the key accurately. Plus, I have a greater reach (by about one number but still). (Basically, playing Z, I sit with my middle finger on S and my index on D for the eco, and my small finger is resting naturally over Control. When I want to do controlgroup magic, my small finger remains in place and I can simply shift my middle and index fingers up to the number row.)

    Now, I appreciate that familiarity is a huge issue with input devices. Maybe after using a PC keyboard for a week or two I'll be wondering what I was complaining about. But I'm wondering if any other SC/2 players here have switched between Mac and PC keyboards and how you find the relative placement of the control key. Also, has anyone ever come across a mechanical keyboard with a Mac-style layout, ie. a big fat control key in the middle of the left column?

    For the Swarm,

    Cerebrate Aki

    EDIT: Woah! Good golly Ms. Molly. Ok so, I was just looking at google images of mac keyboards and realized that standard US Mac keyboards are the same as PC ones - Caps Lock in the middle and Control in the bottom corner. (Snap Nermal!) However I use a Japanese keyboard. On the Japanese layout, the Control is where the US Caps Lock would be. Ok so my question has to be more specific - anyone here played SC2 using a Japanese Mac keyboard and how did you find it?

  2. Nermal Moderator


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    What country are you in? American Mac keyboards have Control in the bottom-left corner, although I'm aware that some foreign layouts have it where you mention.

    Edit: Now that my computer's finished installing the 10.6.5 update, I'm no longer using my phone and can now see your location tag. Japanese and American Mac keyboards are quite a bit different :)

    Edit 2: And I can see your edit now too ;)

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