I received the TextBlade, as part of the TREG program, about 2 weeks ago. I paired it with an iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, and Macbook Air 2012 (w/ and w/o the included Air-In dongle), all running the latest OS’s. I’m using the TextBlade mostly w/ Apple’s Notes App on iPad. It’s my 1st time using a keyboard with iOS, so the learning curve was a bit steep.
I really like TextBlade’s key feel. Keys on my MacBook Air now feel sloppy by comparison. In general, I like that the keyboard is so small. This means that I can hit all the keys without removing the bottom of my palms from the desk.
Although the TextBlade itself is small, the widths of the pair of four center keys are actually about the same size as for a full-size keyboard. This lets me place all my fingers (minus the thumbs) on the home row without them feeling cramped.
I do have trouble with accurately hitting the 12 keys that the pinkies are responsible for. For most people, the pinkies are the weakest and the least dexterous. Furthermore, when typing, the view of the pinky tips are obstructed by the rest of the hands, so it’s hard to tell what keys they are about to hit. I compensated for this by unmapping the ENTER and HOME physical keys from all the layers, making the SHIFT keys’ sense areas bigger, and mapping DELETE physical key in the GREEN layers to generate the ENTER key code.
I had the on-boarding call with Mark a few days ago. He shared a few of his thoughts regarding keyboards and mobile devices in general, and recounted some of the technological challenges and innovation involved in designing the TextBlade. And then he walked me through some of the more advanced features of the TextBlade, including custom maps, macros, and the Flight Recorder.