I don’t envy the work Mode has to do to improve upon their previous work, but as the recipient of their work, I surely appreciate it. With these last three boards (Sixty-Five, Sonnet, and Envoy), we can clearly see how their newest board, the Tempo, came to be.
The Tempo is Mode’s take on the popular HHKB layout. And, as I wrote above, you can see Mode’s iteration and refinement process in the Tempo.
Sure, it would be easy to say the Tempo is just an Envoy in the HHKB layout, but that would be selling it (and Mode) short. Let’s see what it is, what I loved, and what I didn’t love.
Bottom Shot of the Mode Tempo // Fuji X-HS2