XM Magdalena 3D print, GGeorgy (3D)
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03-14-2006, 12:12 AM
cool Idea :)




03-14-2006, 01:41 AM
Seems to be painful to remember what key does what for each app/game you use even if you had a sheet under the keys. Writing on a sheet in the correct position all the different things each key does would again be a major pain.

Then in the heat of excitement the keys come unstuck or you accidentally brush against the keys and they come off......no thanks.

03-14-2006, 02:25 AM
I have one. It's easy to program, easy to use and easy to remember the key configs. It does take time to get used to it even though it is comfortable because you're bound to set up the keys much differently than the keyboard you are used to. It's good for games and modeling, or any software that has a limited ammount of funtionality, but it's deffinitely not a keyboard replacement, even if you buy the extra keys.

03-14-2006, 02:17 PM
You just know someone's going to buy 104 keys and make the world's most expensive QWERTY board.

03-14-2006, 02:38 PM
I find it very inconvenient that the keys have a sticky surface underneath. A few times moving them around can ensure that the sticky surface won't be that sticky anymore. It would be cool if they were magnetic.

03-14-2006, 03:07 PM
It would be cool if they were magnetic.

Yes, seems much more logical to me too. It would have to be a pretty good charge tough. The idea of remembering what key is what doesn't really bother me, because when you play a videogame it's not like you look down at your hand. It just takes some memorizing and then you usually try to setup each game with the same setup to make it easier on yourself.

03-14-2006, 03:34 PM
I find it very inconvenient that the keys have a sticky surface underneath. A few times moving them around can ensure that the sticky surface won't be that sticky anymore. It would be cool if they were magnetic.

I don't think the keys are actually sticky underneath - from what I've read they use the same technique geckos use to stick to glass.

There's a pretty good review here:

You can also buy keysets and additional 'trays' to make swapping out different setups easier. I just can't decide if this is the way to go or if Xkeys is better.

03-14-2006, 07:36 PM
$149 bucks is a bit pricy for this.

I personaly use this one. (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=2071&pcount=&Product_Id=157024)

Its got enought buttons to stay comftrable, and its got a "Shift" function so you can save up to four different button configurations for the same programs. In Maya I've got it set up for hotkeys for Modeling, modeling Clean up, Textureing, and Rendering. (Although its just as easy to program in an animation or anything else you use.)

Takes some time to get used to. But you can program it to work with any program (Seeing as how its originaly made as a game controler.) But I love it. And I can't complain with the $33 dollar price tag iether.

As neet as the idea of makeing your own key layout is, I find it unessesary, and your paying for the bells and wistle instead of the functionality of it. And in all honesty, it does'nt look as coftrable as the Nostromo. seeing as how its just a flat surface with keys on it.

03-14-2006, 07:59 PM
Some facts, you can only have one of these attached to your computer at a time. It only comes with 25 keys, and the key numbers are hard coded 1-26. You can buy an additional 25 keys (numbers 26-50) so the most you can have is 50 keys at a time. The sticky surface is something similar to those wacky wall walker toys, but better. Once you stick a key, it won't budge unless you twist it off, hard. If the keys lose their stickiness, due to your constantly moving them around, you just wipe the bottom with a damp paper towel and it's good as new. If the keys were magnetic it would probably interfere with the key operation, plus they would be prone to sliding.

I've used a Nostromo as well and I think the Ergodex is much better.

03-14-2006, 08:09 PM
Ooh i really like that nostromo shadow looks cool .

This one is pretty sweet as well ... http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/

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