I’ve had my Model 1 for about 3 months now. I got it because the Microsoft Natural keyboards I had been using for years to alleviate wrist/arm pain were no longer doing it, and the Kinesis Edge I tried made things worse. The Keyboardio helped quite a bit compared to both of those.
However, I find myself sometimes avoiding using it because I’m just too slow and error-prone with it.
FYI, my regular typing speed is in excess of 100WPM.
By this point, I am at a reasonable speed typing text. I would say I’m maybe 80% speed and 80% accuracy compared to a regular keyboard, with the hardest things being punctuation I use less often. Text with little punctuation sees me faster.
The areas I really struggle are with navigation keys and programming.
I have found I have a lot of “muscle memory” around navigation. I have to remember - what’s the key combination to go to my previous tab? Oh right, Ctrl-PgUp. Now, where is that here? How to I select more text here? Hmm, I think I want Shift-End… OK, maybe Shift-Fn-PgDn now? The lack of the arrow keys seems to bug me more than I’d expected, and for whatever reason having them in the vi arrangement doesn’t help. I think I may try adding WASD arrows to the Num layer, but that is a pretty minor part of at all.
For programming, the locations of \ and | and particularly troublesome, and the braces, bracjets, tab, esc, and tilde secondarily. Moving keys is one thing, but requiring different modifiers to access them apparently really messes with my head.
I probably spend half my weekday using non-Keyboardio keyboards, which no doubt doesn’t help, but I have little control over that. I normally slide back to those keyboards instantly, though occasionally catch myself reaching for keys in the Keyboardio locations there.
I’ve done little customization aside from swapping the Shift and Ctrl keys both in the firmware and the keycaps. I found the default shift location painful to reach repeatedly, and it was very confusing to have the keycaps be wrong, so I’m hesitant to heavily remap things since most other keycaps can’t be moved.
I’d really, really like this keyboard to work out better for me and I’m hoping some of you might have some suggestions. Thanks!