09-12-2016 - Quick note. @mp3monkey had a great idea to try to have some of the TREG users post more frequently of their day to day interaction with their TREG units. I am willing and I hope able to post at least weekly. I decided to go ahead and rename this to more of an ongoing entry. Please try to only respond with comments I post or questions for me and I will try to make sure to respond to them as best I can. I will most likely post sometime over the weekends but I will try to have no more than 7 days between posts.
Hope some find interest in this.
Some initial impressions now that I’ve had the TREG unit for two days. I have done a pretty poor job of learning how to truly touch type over the years for at least 3-4 fingers. I still struggle to not use my left ring finger to press ‘a’ or my left middle finger to press ‘r’ and my right pinky is still pretty useless, or at least awkwardly slow. The rest of the fingers have actually migrated pretty well already. Because I have just about completely made the transition to having the TREG be my only form of textual input, I am pretty confident, over the next week or two, my proficiency will dramatically improve.
I love the unit. I already have 5-6 jumps setup and working. The 6th is only down because my BLTE dongle I purchased for my work desktop computer is not, for some reason, finding the drivers to make the TB work. I have it working and set up for my iPhone 6 +, in which I am typing on with the TB right now. Also set up and working on my iPad Pro 12, my work Windows 7 laptop, my kids 5 year old macbook pro (with a BT dongle), and my wife’s 3 year old macbook pro without one. The jumps are amazing. Jumping between 5 devices all sitting next to each other on the table is crazy amazing. Setting up the keyboard so that it will automatically use the built in meta data for the various operating systems was very easy and fast.
Even as I am typing this, the three best features in my opinion are having the edit layers on the same locations as the center keys (as I am still needing to use them quite a bit), the TB keyboard on screen to allow me to quickly see where the keys are as I enter the various layers as a cheat sheet, and finally the sticky shift key (which I didn’t even realize existed until my call with Mark today).
Speaking of the call with Mark, we had a great 2 hour conversation where he covered a lot of material. Being somewhat of a tech geek, I had already updated firmware multiple times, set up macros on the device, had it working on 5-6 of my planned devices, and had been messing around with most of the features I already knew about over the fist 24 hours of having it in my hands. Mark, although, was able to discuss a lot of the background behind the device and some of the clear technological advances that were required to make it work. He also demonstrated them, or actually talked me through doing my own personal demonstration showing the differences between my existing keyboards and the TB. I could clearly hear the energy and enthusiasm in his voice. He was able to show me numerous features I hadn’t yet found and eliminated two other accessories in the process (the blade holder/stands can be inverted and used as a ramp platform for the iPhone or iPad which will keep my other still very portable stands in my desk at work from now on).
Some input on the device itself. I really do like the feel of the keyboard. The key press feels very clean and the very impressive ability for me to type quietly is pretty amazing. I will be purposely keeping all of the out of the box key mappings for QWERTY iOS, MacOS, and Windows. This is primarily to force myself to learn the locations of the various layers. But also, I want to use it as I believe the vast majority of those who, I believe, will use it once this makes it to general release (and I truly believe it will be making it to general release). I already have several macros set up for my most common things that I type, primarily e-mail addresses.
With regards to the quality, it does have the ability to have quite a bit of flex to it. I accidentally dropped it at work during the first 24 hours I had it and the TB caught the side of my desk drawer and magnetically stuck tight. I had to peel it away from the side of the drawer and it had a pretty good flex. It didn’t seem to effect it at all. I am quickly learning the most efficient way to stow it and reassemble it by sliding the blades apart. By doing this I am finding that I am getting virtually no flex. With the build quality I’m seeing, I’m pretty sure it could handle significant flexing, even though I am pretty careful with all my tech gadgets.
From two days of use I don’t see obvious signs of this being anything but a device ready for general release but it is very early and I am a single user. In talking with Mark today I can clearly understand his desire to ensure that the known issues are resolved before general release. I am looking forward to the general release and my personal wish is for it to hit before xmas.
With regards to my work desktop, I have already ordered the Laird 820 to hopefully resolve my problem. I hope it have it resolved early next week as I want to get deep into MSSQL, C#, and lots of documentation I will be working on for work to really start putting it to the test.
Final note, I had posted before wondering if the TB would be the keyboard that would finally retire the ThinkOutside keyboard I have been using for many, many years. I admit that I have not opened that keyboard since the TB arrival except to compare it’s size. This will hopefully be my only text input device moving forward and from only 2 days of use I believe it already has.
Looking forward to the upcoming weeks as my speed continues to improve and my mistakes dramatically reduce.