I ordered it almost a year ago, and it only just arrived.
There aren't a lot of options for two piece, separated keyboards.
Things I like about the Matias:
- The connecting cable is removable. The Kinesis was hardwired, and wasn't as long as I liked. The cable that comes with the Matias is also kind of short, but it's just a standard 3.5mm 4-conductor cable, so that's a cheap fix.
Update: No, that cable doesn't work reliably. The failure mode is that sometimes modifier keys get stuck on until you power-cycle the keyboard. This cable fails in the same way. I need a TRRS cable that is around 25" long to replace the 18" retractable one that came with, but I haven't found one that works yet.
- The bottom row is much taller, and Ctrl is wider.
- Esc is tall and awesome and in the right place, so I don't keep hitting `~ by mistake.
- The Delete Forward key is banished off to the Fn row, which is great because now I can stop hitting it by accident all the time.
- Right-Shift doesn't have ↑ to the right of it begging to be hit by mistake.
- The bank of function keys on the left is smaller, which is nice because I never used those anyway.
- Fn is a chord instead of FnLock, so you have to hold it down to switch between function keys and media keys. I'm on the fence about this but I think I like it.
Do Not Want:
- Separated keyboards are supposed to have 6^ on both sides! The Matias has it only on the right. This is horrible. It is literally ruining my life.
- Opt is only on the left side, instead of on both sides. Cmd is on both, but really I want all three on both sides.
- There's a NumLock key to the left on the N that turns the right side into a numeric keypad. I hit it by mistake all the time and then v50 c6. 64 352 5 6 53. 5' 250 6 .050.
- Guess what keycode the Paste key sends? If you guessed Paste you'd be wrong. It sends Cmd-V and Emacs sheds a single tear.
- For some reason USB Overdrive doesn't recognize it as a keyboard at all, so I can't remap any of its keys.
Still, it's an improvement overall.
https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/ may be a suitable replacement for USBOverdrive.
I'll second this. I've been using it since it was called KeyRemap4MacBook to make my Fn key actually Ctrl, and remap Opt-Fn to Fn. I know it can do lots more but that's all I needed.
Same - it seems to have hundreds of features and options, and I use it for remapping exactly one key :-)
Dvorak. Dvorak. Herp. Derp. Dvorak.
Thank you for the review. Might have to buy one now.
The next revision of the keyboard is supposed to have a Ctrl key in place of Num Lock, which sounds a lot more useful. Though not, in my view, quite as useful as just having a keyboard with a normal layout.
Maybe you should kickstarter the keyboard you want.
The ergodox is fully configurable so you can map/re-map any keys to whatever you want. And it stays with the keyboard as it has an internal memory and cpu.
It also has 'layers' so that a specific keyboard layout may be on one layer while other mappings stay on others.
My friend Matt Harrison had a good, thorough review of it (better than just the ergodox.org site): http://hairysun.com/blog/2014/05/13/revisiting-the-ergodox/
How do I reach these keeeeeeeedz??
I love the positioning of the arrow keys and how easy they are to use in vim.