Kinesis Advantage Review #1, or “How to relearn how to tysppe”

Keeping this terser than usual. Got a new keyboard three days ago and want to record initial thoughts. Follow up to come in a few weeks. For now: Freakin’ HATE it! Space on one thumb, backspace on another. Alt-tab requires same hand stretching exercises I did during piano lessons. Common coding symbols (e.g. /}{][=) hard to reach. No Insert key without activating keypad. Enter right next to Space.

Things that have helped:

  • Dumping Launchy in favour of Executor (Better handling of file paths, can use space instead of tab for google searches)
  • Mapping CapsLock to Esc with SharpKeys
  • Mapping LCtrl+RCtrl to Alt-Tab and LCtrl and RWin to Shift-Alt-Tab through AutoHotKey
  • Mapping F1 to Esc with SharpKeys (Is this key useful for anything?)

Review unfair as still learning. Hope to return to sentences that don’t sound like written by Rorschach soon. Point in favour: no more pain in arm and wrist already.

Kyle the Fruistrrwated


  1. 5x1llz says:

    Sounds painful… anytime you find yourself dropping adjectives like you’re in a chatroom, it can’t be pretty.

    The keyboard looks cool though. As much as I type, I haven’t had any serious issues, unless I’m trying to type on my lap like I’m some ninja or soemthing.. But if I ever did develop problems I would definitely spring for whatever equipment I needed to keep things moving..

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