It has finally come to be my time to report on some first impressions of using the Textblade.
I had a call from Jennifer on a Monday, we did however get a disconnect during the call and finished it all with some emails. By the time of Friday I had received an iPhone that made it possible for me to install the Textblade app and read/sign the agreement for TREG.
WayTools shipped the TREG unit right away and I was eager to follow the link continuously. Those tracking links are true time stealers...
Luckily the waiting time also gave me the opportunity to read the waytools.rocks wiki as preparation, so I was pretty prepared to start the process of pairing as soon as it arrived.
The following Wednesday the package arrived at my house and I finally got to see the Textblade live. The feeling of actually seeing the package was surreal. After the two years since I ordered and over one year of daily checking the forum you do start to wonder ig everything is just some hoax and that you are being trolled. This is however not the case and now I'm tyoing this on a Textblade.
The unpacking went without concerns and it is all packaged very nicely with the tyoical premium feel that many products of today are trying to employ in their packaging. Sure as the minimalist kind of person I am, I would've preferred the packaging to be smaller.
I instantly unpacked it and did a pairing with the iPhone, then paired with an Android phone, and lastly with a windows laptop. These three pairings all worked flawlessly.
I quickly tried each standard layer virtual key to note that this thing really works as expected. Then I managed to write some notes and questions on the slack channel. Trying to pretend that I knew how to use the keyboard and just let it flow. It worked fairly well and only produced some errors.
I realized that my typing speed was not very good though but still not horrible. It really feels like you can type pretty much straight away.
I have done some sentence typing tests. I like those as they let you memorize a sentence and then type it out, meaning that the focus is on typing. With my Thinkpad X270 I did this day reach 95 WPM and then with the Textblade I got somewhere between 40-45 WPM.
Since then I have focused a bit more on accuracy and never reached the 45 WPM again more than occasionally, I'm rather at 35 WPM now. Still I feel that it's a good enough speed for personal use knowing that there will be improvements. I need more practice however before I can bring this to the professional arena.
My biggest problem so far is that I'm not a standard touch typist.
sure I know where I have my keys on my standarc keyboards, it's just that I do not use standard finger settings but rather have phrases in my muscle memory. This means that I might set my fingers vertically sometimes to quickly press the right characters. I sometimes also slide my fingers between characters. Not sure if I do this both horizontally and vertically, but at least I do it vertically. My way of reaching vertically quickly becomes an issue with the Texblade. As the buttons haven't been released by the time I hit the next character it just turns into nothing. I have been getting better at lifting my fingers now, but this is the part that will take a while.
The size of the keyboard does not in any way feel cramped, but rather like a natural size.
I have started to learn to find the edit layer and the arrow keys. I feel that those are the most crucial ones to have on lock when working with code as navigating to the right location is very important in that case.
In general I believe that this keyboard feels great. However by reading the forum one sometimes get the feeling that life will just take off as soon as you get it. This made me feel like this thing wasn't as shiny as expected, but now that I'm really typing on it, I really love the feeling.
One specific thing that has been mentioned is that the keys aren't being pushed very deep. I need to comment that it feels as if they go deeper than the ones on my Thinkpad X270 which by the way has a great keyboard.
I hope this brought something to the table.