Just received the keyboard and after a bit of a struggle trying to figure out how to properly flash it with Chrysalis, I realised I was complicating matters a bit too much by assuming there was a timing to releasing the Esc button upon choosing to flash the firmware rather than just holding it down until it finished. Had a fun detour learning how unbrickable this thing actually is as I reflashed the firmware after definitely messing it up so badly, the keyboard was not even detected as a USB device!
Admittedly I had not followed the Chrysalis development closely and have been doing all my flashing with the Arduino IDE so colour me surprise that I don’t have to hold down the Prog key equivalent anymore to update the keyboard layout using Chrysalis. I was very impress that the app even detects my current Model01 layout after everything is properly set up. This will definitely make it easier to do further customisations on my full keyboard!
I am grabbing my trusty alcohol-cleanable pen while changing up the function key layout and experimenting with other settings. It certainly is an adventure trying to figure out the best place to put them as I have become extremely tied to my custom layout on the Model01. I actually reached my maximum typing level on https://zty.pe/ within 30 minutes of use with this keyboard which astounds me. The thing that is still tripping me up other than the function calls on my KDE Plasma desktop is simply the punctuation and numbers and how best to invoke them. Obviously, I will just need to devote more time to using this keyboard to write.
Overall I would like to thank everyone in Keyboardio for making this the most impressive keyboard I have ever used. I feel almost like I’m betraying my trusty Model01 by writing this. And yes this entire writeup was done entirely with my brand new Atreus!
Since I’m working from home it will be some time before I shock everyone around me again with my custom keyboard out in the field. My Model01 still draws attention even though it is via video conferencing.