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X-Bows Knight Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard(QMK Firmware)

X-Bows Knight Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard(QMK Firmware)

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  • X-BOWS ergonomic layout
  • QMK support
  • Programmable mechanical keyboards
  • Hot-swappable switches
  • One-piece aluminum body
  • RGB backlight
  • ABS two-color injection keycaps


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Maciej M
So far - does the job

I have this keyboard for a bit more then week, so a bit too early for any thorough review.
Anyway, I think I already have something to share. Some background first: I'm professional programmer for 30 years. Mostly using Emacs editor for my daily work. I've already had few RSI episodes, but recently it got worse: pain in my finger joints and metacarpus.

So I started to look for solution. I thought about something like Microsoft or Logitech ergonomic keyboards, but I gave up for two reasons: first, having some experience with mechanical switches I did not want membrane any more. Second: my biggest problem with regular keyboard is Crtl key, which is located as it was the least-used one, not almost-the-most... And those two models do not change anything about it.
Keyboards like EgroDox or Dygma scared me: both with price and with learning curve, which I was afraid to be close to vertical.

I tried 3 various mechanical keyboards in various layouts - but still non-ergo. The fatigue from typing was surely smaller, but, well, I expected something more.
Then, I decided to try x-bows. The selling point for me was Ctrl key placed in the middle. And the fact, that the rest of the layout looked pretty familiar.

First day... ohhhh.... it was a little nightmare... I was mistyping every single word. Typing speed dropped from something like 40-50 to maybe 15.
But this was exactly what I expected. Besides, Ctrl under thumb was such a relief...
In maybe 3 days it was much better, but still slower than before. I need to use typing-tutors to reprogram my muscle-memory.But it gets better with every day. After a week I'm back at 40-50 wpm, but still mistyping more often than I would like to. I expect I will manage to make it better with more practice.

BUT, most important thing is that I'm much better with my RSI aliment. Pain in finger joints is gone. Pains in metacarpus: much smaller and the tendency continues.
Most visible result is my left pointing finger: for a long time, I was not able to bend it to the full extent (relative to the same finger on my right hand). Now I still cannot, but the range I can bend it has significantly grown (50% maybe). I wish I did not make any pictures before, but I did not expect such significant change. Maybe red switches, which are so light to press have something to do with it. But I'm pretty sure it is not only that. Entire layout causes less fatigue when typing. The enter and backspace keys in the middle is something I like very much - despite it takes a while (a decent while...) to get used to it.

This is the most important point. Now some "less important". Build quality is excellent in my opinion. Let's hope it will be as durable as it seems to be. Key-caps are ABS, but it feels much better under your fingers than other ABS key-caps I've tried, e.g. from Keychron. No sticky, rubber-like feeling. I don't like keycaps fonts, but it has absolutely no importance for me - I touch-type: don't have to look at them.. ;)
I do like they left dedicated function-keys row and that function keys are in groups separated by small gap - like in traditional keyboard.

This keyboard has no dedicated Home and End keys. Some people seem not to notice it before purchase. For me it was not a big problem: the keyboard has QMK firmware, so you can remap keys to have home/end anywhere you want (default is F+PgUp/Down).
Besides in Emacs I'm used to use other key-combination for home/end. But for some people it may be a real pain in adaptation phase.

If you consider buying it, you must be aware that this keyboard is, by design, a compromise between ergonomic and traditional layout. For me it seems to work: it is traditional enough not to make me throw it away after 1 day fight and ergonomic enough to give visible results.

I need few more weeks to be sure, but right now I think I will not get back to traditional skewed-keyboards any more.

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saketh getla
nice customer service.

i accidentally entered the wrong address but i was able to email them and fix it quickly. also the keyboard is very good

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Fumihiko Takayama
No other keyboard with the same characteristics exists

It is easy to carry and is perfectly symmetrical except for the right side of the keyboard.
(It is very wonderful that the tabs, etc. are 1u size)

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Frederick

Ever since I started using the X-Bow Nature Keyboard, all of the pain in my wrists have disappeared

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Metin Vargonen

X-Bows Lite Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard

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Type Healthier, Work Better

X-Bows patented ergonomic layout mirrors the natural motion of your fingers, keeping your hands and wrists in a neutral and comfortable position. Say goodbye to the strain during work.

Built to Last

Our Knight keyboard is designed for longevity with greater durability. It features a solid, slim profile body made from strong-strength aluminum alloy, and durable ABS keycaps that can stand up to tough conditions like a knight.

Program Knight Keyboard with VIAL, VIA or QMK

With the support of Vial, VIA and QMK firmware, you can make the most of your custom key layout, easily program and remap each key to match your preferred typing environment. Vial is recommended more if you don't know which configurator to use.

Vial

Vial is an open-source cross-platform (Windows, Linux,  Mac and Web) GUI and a QMK fork for configuring QMK keyboard in real time.

Firmware flashing is not required every time you change the keymap.

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VIA

VIA is a closed-source program that allows you to configure your keyboard. It works with QMK, the firmware that powers custom keyboards.

Firmware flashing is not required every time you change the keymap.

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QMK Web Configurator

QMK Configurator is the QMK official online tool used for remapping keys and creating firmware file for QMK keyboards.

Less convenient than VIA and Vial. You need to flash the firmware every time you change the keymap.

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Customize Your Own Keyboard

Take your keyboard customization to the next level with hot-swappable keyswitches. Simply pop off the keycap and replace it with another one of your choice.

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Stylish RGB Backlit

Our Knight Plus keyboard comes with powerful RGB backlight to create the perfect ambience for your gaming, typing or other tasks. With the shortcut key of Fn, you can quickly adjust different lighting effects to fit your mood.

Works with Windows, Mac & Linux

The Knight keyboard is 100% compatible with multiple operating systems. No need for special software or customs drivers — just connect it and go!