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66 yo review

Key font to small. So I bought large font stick ons. Back light not bright enough. Keys are very good but have to get used to click noise. Good quality materials. Overall very nice keyboard.

Robert

I purchased X-Bows Lite very satisfied. As my new hobby, I rewriting books to learn better English. Plus macro feature that you may configure to your liking. There is no comeback to the old layout keyboard.

I have not received my keyboard. It says it is still in Schenzen, China

I really love my current keyboard and wanted another one. Ordered it August 9th. I have not received my keyboard. It says it is still in Schenzen, China.

I have reached out to support earlier this week but they still have not responded to the original or my follow ups.

Takes some getting used to, but loving this keyboard!

I have used a "standard" layout keyboard for over 40 years, so this layout takes some getting used to, but I am getting used to it surprisingly quickly. The layout is great and definitely reduces excess reach for keys. The silent red keys feel wonderful and are quiet enough for work. I have also remapped several keys using the QMK Configurator website and the QMK Toolkit. It is comfortable and customizable and I really like it!

The great keyboard

The layout of the keys makes typing comfortable and painless, although it takes time to get used to. The workmanship is very solid; the only fault is that one key is a bit louder than the others, which can be fixed by swapping it with some f-key. The wide very customization options are amazing. I consider the purchase very successful.

Awesome Product and Awesome Support

Got a very well built keyboard, and the support on discord helped me set it up and fix some issues.

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Gateron Optical Switches
Fabrizio Ramirez

Gateron Optical Switches

(Pre-sale) X-Bows Crystal Programmable Ergonomic Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

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Gateron Optical Switches
Janette Abrahams
Exactly What I Needed

I'm so thankful that X-Bows allow these to be bought separately. I was able to fix a key on my keyboard with this. Thanks!

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X-Bows Wrist Rest
Jakub Kana

X-Bows Wrist Rest

Great Keyboards AND Great Customer Service

I love and use my X-bows ergo keyboard so much that I wore out my first cord pretty fast. Luckily the cords are replaceable so I ordered more, unfortunately, I blundered when placing my order (selecting the wrong variety of cord) but was pleasantly surprised when I reached out and was able to have my order quickly and easily rectified! I could not be more pleased with my experience! A+ for X-Bows.

nice

nice

Fantastic

I have been using the new clear version of xbow for the last couple of weeks and its wonderful. This is the third xbows keyboard ive ordered, they are all fantastic. Well made, pretty quick to learn the layout, and very good to my wrists. I used to have very sensitive wrists and arms but with xbows my wrist pain has faded away and is now very rare.

X-Bows Crystal Programmable Ergonomic Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Nice !

I'm not yet used to my new keyboard but I can say that it's high quality ! And the platic pad as well. (Lite)

really great after reading the manual

Customer support helped a lot customising the layout. Works really well on MAcOS. The keyboard feels really good.

Looking good and nice touch

I like the keyboard more and more. Once I got a hang of the layer concept holding Fn, Left spacebar and Caps for the three different layers.
The keys have a smooth but not slippery surface and feel good.
I need an armrest in front for comfortable typing.

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X-Bows Wrist Rest
Chris Keschnat

good

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.

X-Bows Knight Review (bought x2 of those already)

X-Bows is an Excellent keyboard, solved a few pains I've had when typing over time.
The layout takes a few days to get used to but after that - typing speed and comfort drastically increased.

I've ordered already x2 keyboards (X-Bows Knights, Brown Gateron Switches) for home and work usage, very satisfied from them both.
The 1 year old keyboard is missing lights on 3 keys, probably a glitch but I've enjoyed the keyboard so much so it didn't really bother me.

The wrist rest in my opinion is a must have for every keyboard purchase since there is a need to elevate the hands while typing, the keyboard is quite high due to it's metal base so fingers must be aligned on the same height of the keys - I've bought x2 of those wrist rests for home and work as well, they are sturdy and comfortable.

Using the QMK Toolbox application is an amazing companion for that keyboard, it supports higher levels of customization, specially for the centered keys which made me very productive.

All in all this is an excellent keyboard and I'll recommend it to anyone who types a lot and/or suffers from hands pains/discomfort.

Gateron Optical Switches

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X-Bows Wrist Rest
Elizabeth Curr
Just excellent.

Top quality and made for the X-bows. I'm so glad I didn't rush to a local store and ordered this.

Very well build keyboard.

Excellent build and craftsmanship. The layout is a refreshing improvement over typical keyboards. The center keys are reached with comfort and the "lowered keys" in the "pinky" column do reduce the need to stretch and move your hand to hit the 1 and 0 keys.

My only nit is that the keys to the right of the 'P' key are relatively far away from where your hands rest as compared to a regular keyboard. But this comes from the fact that the 'P' column is aligned so that your pinky only moves up and down. This pushes the '\|' key further to the right compared to where your hands are on a regular keyboard. I used the QMK programmability of the keyboard to remap things to my liking so that I'm not reaching out to the right in any event.

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

Gateron Optical Black

Sounds and works great on my silver X-Bows Knight Plus :)