A cool solution for our palm pads

by Dominique Garcia on December 07, 2018

A LITTLE RECAP

We already had a solution for the palm pads. We had our supplier and we already specified what we wanted. The palm pad we wanted looked something similar to the image below but with our palm pad shape.

Initial palm pad sample

It would have had a PU anti-slip material at the bottom, PU inside, cloth on the top, and a soft curve around the edges.

We were concerned with the softness of the palm pads.  We wanted the palm pads to be soft, but not too soft. So we needed to find the right balance. Our supplier ensured us in our previous visits that they can find this balance.

Unfortunately, during our last visit to Shenzhen, the sample that the manufacturer showed us was too hard.

Adding silicone

So we started working with a different material inside the palm pad. We decided to add silicone.

But the samples that the manufacturer showed us were still not what we wanted.

This sample was too soft.

This was too thick. And they couldn’t make it any thinner.

The thickness requirement we have for our palm pads is 7.5mm.

Searching the market

It was a frustrating time for us as we were already set to have the tooling made for the other components. We tried to look for a reference in the market but we didn’t find anything that was similar to what we wanted with the same materials.

Then we found something slightly similar to what we wanted. The difference was that it had a PU skin instead of cloth.

The PU skin is similar to synthetic leather. It's also easy to clean.

PU skin instead of cloth.

This palm pad had silicon inside, PU, anti-slip PU, and PU skin. We decided that this would be a better solution.

So we started looking for a different supplier and then we finally found this!

New palm pad sample.

It will have a layer of EVA underneath the PU skin to make it softer. Then a layer of silicon, and an adhesive material at the bottom.

Materials inside the palm pad.

We really like the adhesive material at the bottom.

The anti-slip material of the previous sample was great, but if you would pick up your keyboard, for example, the palm pad would fall off.

Anti-slip / adhesive layer.

This new sample has a thin layer of adhesive material so it will stick to your keyboard. What's also great about it is you can clean it with water and it will still stick!

The final solution

We are happy to be using this new sample for our palm pads. It will have our palm pad shape and have the curved edges that we want.

We like the new solution for the anti-slipping. We also like and prefer the softness.

Our new manufacturer told us that we can also create thicker or thinner palm pads with the same material in the future.

It will still be a challenge to manufacture but we have already decided to pay the tooling. We will do a short batch and test it properly.

What do you guys think? Your feedback is highly appreciated!

 

 

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4 comments
by Dominique Garcia some time ago

Hi Pedro, I too find them too short, whereas Manel feels it’s the best height for him. But given that people have different hand sizes and overall preferences, we will create more options.

As for the hardness/softness, we cannot make it any softer as the material inside is silicone and not foam. We cannot make the shape we want with foam and we cannot have the adhesiveness without the silicone. Maybe in the future, we can find a different solution!

Many thanks for your feedback!

by Chris Owens some time ago

I can’t use the current palm pads. They’re much too hard and short and the adhesive doesn’t stick at the edges. They also have too much friction when typing. I had to buy replacements from Amazon that are softer and higher.

by Pedro some time ago

Hello, I also felt that the current pads were too hard, but most importantly, not tall enough to make a considerable difference compared to having no pads at all. My temporal solution was to stick both pads on top of each other, since I’m only using the left-side keyboard for gaming. That way it has the perfect height for me. I feel that ideally, the palms should rest higher than the top of the keycaps, so that the wrist doesn’t have to bend upwards to type; I’m very sensitive and every time I lift my finger to type a key it hurts if I have to raise my finger. With a tall pad, my fingers only bend down and there is no strain. I hope you can offer an extra thicc palm rest in the future. Thanks for your dedication team Dygma.

by Dominique Garcia some time ago

Hi Chris, in the future we will have different heights for the palm pads but as of now, that’s the height we have. I’m glad you were able to find replacement pads that suit you better. I hope that we will be able to create a different palm pad version that you might like in the future.

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