Initial reactions from trying out my new Keychron K2-V2 computer keyboard from The Keyboard Company (modelRGB Backlit Tactile Aluminium):
Itll take a bit of getting used to, and its Gateron Brown switches are a little noisier than expected. Id envisaged the sound to be a tad more metallic than the distinctly plastic click-clack. However, thats OK.
Deskchair height is going to be fairly important when working for longer periods, because the keytops are up to 4cm taller than the keyboard on a MacBook.
Also the shortcuts seem to be different. My normal `command-` and `option-` key functions seem to have been swapped. But going into System Preferences, I can reverse that. No need to download Karabiner or anything. (I suppose I might, if I needed to do anything more exotic.) `control-` behaves itself, so thats fine. (UPDATE: I found that although the keyboard came with the Mac keyset installed, the switch on the left side of the keyboard was set to `WindowsAndroid`. So I have corrected that, and restored the `System Preferences Keyboard Modifier Keys` to their normal settings for the Keychron.)
The other lovely thing is that using `caps lock` to change the keyboard language layout (called Input Sources in System Preferences), which I think I remappped already for the standard keyboardit just works! I can toggle between UK English and whichever of my other language layouts I last used.
When I do want to type in upper case, the `caps lock` key backlights in red, nice and conspicuous.
I need to get used to having a `del` key again, rather than the clunky `fn-backspace` that Apple has forced me to use all these years, especially since the `fn` key is down below my right pinky rather than my left. And I now have `page up`, `page down`, `home`, and `end` keys. The first two are probably going to be the most useful.
Already, I find myself in touch typing mode again. I havent done this much for years with the MacBooks squidgy, low-profile buttons. They never provided enough tactile feedback for me to be sure of my finger placement. Nor is there sufficient travel in the Mac keys to avoid the occasional inadvertant multiple keypress. With the Keychron every press is individual.
And as I go further, Im finding the plasticky clack-clack of the keys surprisingly soothing. My partner will hate it, of course, so Ill need to keep the study door shut. Im glad I chose the Gateron Brown keyset rather than the louder Blues.
One other benefit from using the K2, or indeed any separate keyboard, is that my wrists dont brush the trackpad and trigger wild swoops of the cursor while Im typing. The number of times I have found myself inserting text in unexpected places!
This is not the first bluetooth keyboard I have tried. I also own a Logitch K380, which is slim, compact, portable, lightweight, and also connects to up to three devices. Its a nice piece of kit, but its big dawback lies in the somewhat cramped spacing of the keys. Theyre nicely shaped, and they dont leave me in the same doubt about where my fingers are as the MacBooks keyboard does. But I have large hands, so the full-size layout of the Keychron is a big deal. Its why I decided to take the plunge and upgrade.
So here we are, typing on one screen via Bluetooth while charging from a different computer on USB. Does this enter text into my code editor on machine 2?no. Nor does it when I flick the switch from `BT` to `Cable`. Maybe its an issue with settings. Im not going to go into it for now, because I need to get some work done soon.
But before I sign off, a few words about the fancier backlighting options. Im not a fan. What bugs me most is that its not clear what mode Im in until I type. If I inadvertently hit the backlighting key, going back to my preferred (boring) setting is a tedious, stop-start, hit-and-miss affair. In my opinion, the backlight key is in the wrong placesurely it is a less-used function. But its exactly where the more frequently used `del` key should be, right in the top right-hand corner.
The service from Keyboard Co? Very good. Kept me in touch, packaged well, and delivered on time. Id happily do business again.