I received my TREG unit last week, spent 2 hours on the phone with Mark on Saturday.
I don’t want to rehash what others have said already, but feel an obligation to participate more in the forum now that I have a Textblade.
I didn’t have time to use the Textblade much this past weekend, but used it this week in a baptism of fire. I had to write a proposal on a Windows 10 machine over the past two days. I did make my share of mistakes, but most of them were easily correctable using the mouse and right clicks. I was thinking and typing at the same time, so speed was not important.
Tonight I did try some typing tests and began in the mid 30s at 95%. At the end of the time I did reach 39wpm at 95%. This is good, as my normal typing speed is in the 40s andI am normally thinking and typing at the same time. My problems are with my pinkies, specifically the a and the p keys. That is probably because my pinkies are relatively short.
My equipment includes a Windows 10 laptop with 27 inch 4K monitor and mechanical keyboard; iPad Pro 10.5 with pencil; iPhone 6s; and two iMacs at home.
One unique issue with me is that I have a damaged ulnar nerve (funny bone) that impacts my use of keyboards. Most keyboards make my pinky and ring finger on my left hand go numb, with the effects traveling up my arm, all the way to my head. A typical laptop keyboard gives me a problem in about 45 minutes of use. My mechanical keyboard is ok for most of my typing (I am now a VP and mostly type emails and letters). Hard core typing is typically done on a Thinkpad, which I can use for hours and hours.
With the Textblade I did begin to have some numbness when I was writing the proposal. I found I was tensing up my fingers. After I realized this I concentrated on relaxing and the numbness went away (Yay). And, my accuracy went up.
So—first impressions (actually second impressions as I had the chance to try dbk’s Textblade on a trip to Hawaii in 2016). THIS IS ONE SERIOUS PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY. Going back to my $200 mechanicl keyboard after using this full time for two days is like going from a Mercedes to an old pickup truck.
The Textblade is going to change my habit of carrying my laptop home each night. At work we have Office 365, terminal server, Sharepoint and other cloud apps, and the iPad can connect to them all. The missing ingredient was a keyboard that I could really use — and the Textblade is it. Even after 2 days of use, I want to purchase several more so I am never without one.
I am a hard core QWERTY user with no reason to go to Dvorak or Colmak. My programming days are long over except for a tiny bit of jscript. I took to the regular keys right away, half of the green layer, the basic editing keys and the function keys. For the rest, I have to spend time looking at the keyboard. I expect they will come in time.
The one issue I have some problems with is the mapping app. I need to create several Windows-specific function keys, and I think I need to be re-grooved by Mark. I created two key maps, but can’t remember how to string together key presses.
More info later.