Based on what I’ve heard from @waytools, general release versions of the TextBlade will be much more durable in terms of the inks used for key printing, how long the key mechanisms hold up under the heavy stresses of typing, and all of that. That’s part of why they test, and why they gave test units to people like me, who are hard on tech, hard on keyboards, and also take good notes about how we break things and what we discover along the way.
There is something to consider in terms of the durability and what these things have to stand up to though. A legacy keyboard, each key is pressed for only one thing. You want an X, there’s only one key you press, and you only press that when you want X.
TextBlade, though, every key is doing multi-duty–Even JUST looking at alpha layer, each key does a MINIMUM of triple duty, and a max of 6x–and that’s just the alpha layer.
Now factor in the green, edit, select, media, and custom layers. Each physical key is doing the work and getting pressed as many times as a quarter of the keyboard on a legacy device. They have to withstand that many more presses, that much more wear and tear–and I think you’ll be using your keyboard more when you have a TextBlade.
Let me unpack that a bit. With a TextBlade, not only do you have one keyboard for all your devices (or at least six of them), but you also have a keyboard that gives you easy access to a boatload of functions that legacy keyboards, by necessity, cram off to the sides.
I never used to know that “backspace word”, “forward delete word”, “arrow key select”, “select by line/paragraph/page”, Etc. were functions you could even USE on a keyboard. TextBlade puts them right at my fingertips, literally, and they’re so handy (literally again) that I started using them all the time instead of using the mouse or whatever.
Even when I’m NOT typing on a TextBlade, for whatever reason, I’ve started memorizing those commands and functions, because they’re so neat and handy EVEN when trying to do them on a legacy keyboard where instead of being easy access they’re a mess of contortions and hand gymnastics.
So, TextBlade having those multiple layers and functions all right there, it makes it so much easier to be a power user, or at least closer to one. It’s like suddenly having some expertise in the command prompt/terminal/shell environment for whatever system you’re using. You don’t “NEED” it, that’s what a GUI’s for, but having just a little bit of skill opens up so many possibilities that you’ll wonder how you ever got anything done without it.
So, I don’t know how long a general release TextBlade will last under “normal usage”. I suspect far longer than a general release TextBlade will last for me–fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that unless you get a sudden itch to be a writer and churn out a novel in a month. And hey, if you do? More power to you.