I got invited to be a part of the TREG group a couple of weeks ago. I ordered on Jan 13th and was waiting patiently. Then less so. But I would like to echo the sentiments of my fellow TREGers that it is a great keyboard.
The packing was very efficient, relatively easy to open. The keyboard is really smaller than you realize. Only when you put your hands on and begin to type do you find the bad habits you’ve had from touch typing. (I guess I have what is called “floating hands” in that I don’t rest them on the keys. Very bad when you rely on muscle memory.)
The TextBlade is easy to fold up, I took the advice of someone on the forums and fold the two keyboard halves together. I also learned it’s easier to connect the blade on the gray side vs. the metal side. The magnets seem stronger on the metal side and make it more challenging to separate. I’ve tried to use it in many different places that I could. I was able to lay it on my iPad in order to type on it. I could do this in my car, outside, places where I don’t have a table to use. Someone created a fold up platform using the metal plate in the box and I think I may try that as well.
Once you are typing on it you find out how much work you have ahead of you. I went out and downloaded a Typing tutor program to help me reorient my fingers to the new locations. I’m always mistyping z for a, b for v, m and n. Fortunately I started at 8 words per minute in the program and I’m now up to 30+. Even though the key spacing is the same on standard keyboards, (slightly bigger gap for the outside keys) I still travel to far when reaching for keys off the home row. I’m also learning to let my fingers rest on the keyboard which helps keep me from losing my place. The travel distance on the keys is fine and they have a solid feel to them when depressed. I’m also noticing that my typing runs in groups. I speed along like before and then I have to stop to find the parenthesis. So I’m jerking around instead of being fluid. As I use the keyboard more I hope to fix the problem by memorizing the green layer.
When the device came in I charged it to a full charge. I’m now two and a half weeks later and the battery is still around 70%.
As I understand it the XL stand is being remade to the thicker plastic. I found the old stock of XL’s to be a little small for me to fit my iPhone 7 Plus with a thin Apple case. It would go in but leaned slightly forward. I was told they are addressing this in the new run as well. This would be very important since I’m trying to use my cell phone for most of my computer work.
Over all I’m excited to see this hit the market and for each of you to get yours as well. I have no idea on timing or how things are progressing to get to launch date. I’m glad they are actively bring in more and more TREGers until the launch date.
Typed on a TextBlade