I gather Patrick was muted for posting to a lot of threads; I got an email he’d asked me a question but now it’s gone.
So in good faith, Patrick: the Planck keyboard delights me. It’s gorgeous to look at and fun to use. I went through several iterations of reprogramming it (layers, lights etc.) because a lot of punctuation and secondary keys aren’t placed where I’d expect them to be by default. (I haven’t yet found the time to recreate the TextBlade layout which might make a difference.) And I’m still getting the hang of QMK—worth noting the EZ website has an excellent graphical interface that makes flashing new layouts simple, even from a Mac. Build-you-own and other Plancks require extra downloaded software to flash firmware, from what I could gather. EZ does it all from the browser.
That’s some of the positives. But—because there’s no substitute for learning the key positions, (and because I’m waiting on a couple of USB-C cables ), the Planck hasn’t become my main keyboard yet. I still think it could, but I haven’t had a chance to put the time into using-it-without-thinking.
It’s good for portability, but not that much better than my 60% RK-61, which I only bought because it was the cheapest mechanical keyboard I could find at the time (and which has Bluetooth).
Next time (if I can eventually afford a next time) I’d probably consider getting a 40% keyboard that isn’t ortholinear, like the Minivan or Pearl. That feels like it would be easier to become familiar with for touch typing. Of course, that may just be me wanting the thing I don’t have.
Hope that helps.