Story #10: Ergodox: perfection… but DIY…

Story #10: Ergodox: perfection… but DIY…

Massdrop is a site that sells specialized products for enthusiasts: this is why it is specialized in three main fields: keyboards, photography and gaming. That’s where I found the Ergodox Keyboard

I’ve just bought the NOVATouch TKL (previous article). Keyboard with excellent touch. But I wanted more.
For example, have you ever realized that your thumbs access only one key?
The spacebar. While the thumb could access as many keys as the other fingers!
Everything is good: touch, sound, weight, responsiveness, and the switches are customized!
You choose them when you order.

Major problem:

  • you have to mount the keyboard yourself! This is not a joke!
  • the keys are blank = no letters on it!
  • it’s not simple to configure it espescially if you want to exploit its full potential with macros!

Pictures:

Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Ergodox: when you get the parcel
Les touches sont vierges = sans aucune lettres dessus !
Ergodox with custom colored keys from Wasdkeyboards
Ergodox with custom colored keys from Wasdkeyboards
Ergodox with custom colored keys from Wasdkeyboards
Ergodox with custom colored keys from Wasdkeyboards
The on-line configurator of the Ergodox is not international

Try it here, and make your opinion.

The on-line configurator of the Ergodox has macros possibility!

The Ergodox, which has this possibility, has nothing “simple” to make macros. If you want to have your macros, you have to do some programming! Are you advanced developer? If not then you’re out.

I’ve written a small article here: how to do macros with the Ergodox, it’s french, but if you translate it you’ll see how hard this is!

All these problems imply that Ergodox, which has a huge potential, is only for keyboards enthusiasts and is reserved for developers / electronics. What a pity.

That’s why I’ve made the Ergofip:

The Ergofip is ready to use like every keyboard. Plug’N Play!
The Ergofip is sold with classical keycaps, and you can print yours!
The Ergofip helps you to know on which is the current configuration thanks to the RGB lighting
The Ergofip has a very simple configurator!

And believe me, it’s very hard to make things simple. We’ve been working on many months to have the result right now.

I’ll tell you more on the next articles.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *