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Ergodox EZ


Just got a new (to me) Erogodox EZ and it's got a bit of a learning curve. What better way to get the hang of it than to just start typing? I figured I need some practice anyway and I've been working on trying to keep better notes of things while I do them, this seemed perfect. I borrowed this keyboard from a co-worker and after a little test drive, I think I'm going to enjoy this one. I love how clicky these brown switches are.

I currently use a Kenisis Advantage that work was nice enough to buy for me. I’ve used it for over 15 years and I love it but wanted to try the Ergodox also. It has the same steep learning curve so I was hoping it was like riding a bike. So far it’s been a little tricky but I’m enjoying it. Did I mention it’s also really clicky?


Setting it up is pretty straightforward:

  1. Plug in all the things
  2. Confirm layout
  3. Customize keyboard as needed by visiting Oryx
  4. If changing the layout, we need to download Wally to flash the firmware
  5. Open Wally and drag the compiled layout from Step #3
  6. Reset the keyboard with a paperclip to the top right corner
  7. Follow on-screen directions for identifying the keyboard

Now to figure out how the tenting should be…

Final words

After 24 hours I gave it back. I really liked it, but switching between ortholinear keyboards was too difficult. Also, I need brown switches now.