I received a call from Jeniffer the week before Thanksgiving, and had a TestBlade delivered to my door the following Tuesday. Thanksgiving morning at 8 Mark called, and I had a VERY interesting visit, with lots of listening, for over 4 hours! We finally finished just in time to eat some Turkey and show my new keyboard off to various envious family members. One of the key takeaways from our conversation was that when Apple released the first iPhone it had to be a complete and polished product to prove that it was something better. Now, versions later, even if they have problems on release, people are more accepting because it is now a proven product. WayTools still has the burden of proof in showing that the TextBlade is a better keyboard, and because of that it needs to be close to perfect upon release. Though I've felt the pain of waiting so long, as many of you have, I understand and agree with their purpose to make this thing right the first time. It's going to be a game changer and is well worth the wait! Mark spent quite a bit of time explaining the superior technology that is in the TextBlade, and I found all of that quite interesting. He also in detail, went over the app and functions/features of the TextBlade, which was very helpful. It's very evident that he believes in his product and is excited for others to enjoy it also!
I've been typing on this now for a couple of weeks and I feel that while it's easy to get started with for basic typing, that it will take awhile to become proficient on. I find that I'm often missing the L and P, even more than the A for some reason. I have accidentally hit the return instead of the backspace key numerous times, and sent a text before it was finished. I know that all of that is just part of the learning curve and that with time and practice those errors will diminish. I've been trying to practice with a typing program every day, and there has already been improvement with that. My typing speed is somewhere in the upper 40's with a conventional keyboard, and in the mid 30's on the TextBlade at present.
Layers and chords are an exciting part of this keyboard, covering everything from edits to more system level commands. Again, there is a learning curve, but this is one of the more exciting functions of the keyboard with lots of potential.
Overall I'm very impressed with the TextBlade and look forward to it becoming more and more a part of my everyday workflow. The keys feel fantastic and have a satisfying click and travel to them. the size is awesome and it stows away so compactly. I ordered my TextBlade Jan 16 2015 and so to finally have it in my hands is very exciting. I'm glad to be a part of the TREG team and look forward to helping accelerate its general release.
I am using a QWERTY keyboard with an iPhone 8 plus, an iPad 9.7 Pro and a late 2017 MacBook Pro 13". I'm also set up with both Parallels and Bootcamp to run Windows 10. Actually I haven't used the TextBlade much yet with Windows, but plan to in a couple weeks when things slow down for me.
Thanks Jennifer and Mark for your calls and visits and for providing a product that is a paradigm shift!