I’m trying to compare the KeyboardIO M01 against Ergodox EZ to help me buy. Trying to match up the M01 to the points from: https://ergodox-ez.com/
Split/ortholinear/mechanical: Yes in both
Replacing the switches: I think no on the M01 but I don’t care about that.
Tilt-tent/wrist-rest: Out of box in M01 and bought separately in EZ but total cost of EZ with all this seems to be higher
Colours and keycaps: Differently handled by M01
LEDs: M01 wins by far!
2 yr Warranty: Sorry but even googling for “warranty site:keyboard.io” doesn’t turn out something meaningful! Shouldn’t prospective buyers outright learn what the warranty terms are!? What am I missing?
Open source: Yes in both
Graphical configurator: The Ergodox’s is more mature whereas the M01’s is getting there?
32 Layers: Is there a specific number of layers on the M01?
Hyper/Meh: Meh! I don’t care about these crazy combinations and they are equally possible on M01 as on my current ANSI-type keyboard. But I want to know, what do I do for Win/Level3 and Level5 modifiers?
“Space-cadet shift” aka tap/hold: Does M01’s default firmware provide this?
Mouse control: M01’s Fn layer right? But is scroll available too?
Dual-function keys: Isn’t this the same tap/hold feature as “Space-cadet shift” above? Why is EZ claiming this separately?
That concludes the ErgoDox home page. As for https://ergodox-ez.com/pages/our-firmware it seems to me that all those points are covered by M01 as well?
BTW the following point on https://ergodox-ez.com/pages/faq:
Additionally, the keyboard is made in an office building in Taiwan by fairly paid employees who enjoy full benefits and holidays – not contractors in a factory in China.
IIUC M01 is made in China. I hope the EZ’s comment is not an indirect reference to that!