The Keyboard

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The keyboard is different. It’s not terrible and I will get used to it, but I do wish that I didn’t have to get used to it. I’m wondering if Apple trying to prep users for a future non-mechanical keyboard. The feel is so different from any keyboard I’ve used before that I can’t help but feel like Apple is trying to move us in a certain direction.

As I’ve grown accustomed to the keyboard I found that I get a better experience with a lighter touch. When I first started using it and was pressing with the same force as my old keyboard, my fingers started to ache some. I’ve also found the keyboard sound more pleasant when touching with less pressure. I could hear the keys bottoming out and it did sound like I was banging things out on keyboard.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I use Karabiner Elements to map the escape key to the right option key. This is working well and I don’t think I could live with the Touch Bar escape key. I do need the physical feel for that particular key.

The full height left and right arrows continue to mess with me. I often press the up arrow when I mean to press down. The reason is that with the old keyboard that had half height right and left arrow keys, I would rest my index and ring finger on the left and right arrows. Resting my middle finger in line with them I would press the down arrow and putting it up a bit would give me the up arrow. With the full height left and right arrows, putting my middle finger in line with the index and right may or may not put it on the down arrow. In fact, I realize that I was used to feeling for the top of the half height arrows so I’m more likely to line my fingers up with my middle finger pressing the up arrow. I’m going to have to get used to feeling for the bottom edge of those keys so my in line finger placement puts my middle finger on the down arrow.

Sorry, I realize this was a little excessive. I’m just trying to put myself in the mindset and habit of examining, considering, and improving my tools and processes.

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