I essentially switched to the TB full time from the moment I got it other than a handful of times I used my old Apple keyboard to enter weird passwords since I was still fairly awkward those first days and since I couldn’t see the actual password being typed, I couldn’t tell if there was an error until I sent it.
So today I got my old Apple keyboard out and went to one of my favorite test sites (just common words, no symbols or numbers or uppercase). After my first test, I typed this portion of my message which is the only time I’ve dealt with any punctuation or uppercase (boy, do I miss sticky shift!!!).
20 wpm: 158 characters with 8 words spelled wrong (usually multiple errors in each). Most of these errors were the first 30 seconds before I realized I needed to just slow down so I could focus on the different reach.
50 wpm: 251 characters with no mistakes! Never expected to do that well after just a one minute test plus the stuff I wrote above.
46 wpm: 249 characters with 4 mistakes. I was definitely trying to type too fast but still, not bad.
So some general observations. Unlike my experience going back to the Apple keyboard a few short times when I first switched to the TB, I didn’t feel completely spastic. Just a bit awkward and slow. But also adjusting quickly. Remember, the last time I really used a regular keyboard for more than a few minutes (weeks apart at that) was back in March 2015!!! I would say my total time on regular keyboards since I got the TB is under 15 minutes.
But as I type this other stuff in this post, I have lots of problems. Besides expecting sticky shift, I keep hitting caps lock instead of shift. I keep pressing the space bar to get the green layer for numbers. I’m fine with commas and periods, but struggle with other punctuation (which are not on the test site).
Still, I’ve only tested for 3 minutes total plus the time it took me to write this post. And I can feel I’m still getting better.
However, I am now going straight back to my TextBlade. I’m happy to know I can do okay on a regular keyboard, but never want to have to do it. And, yes, the keys on the Apple keyboard feel very mushy compared to the TB.
I’m ready to ship! But I don’t know what the big picture is.