I suppose it might be useful if you wanted to switch languages and keyboard layouts a lot, but then so would my capless keyboard, if in a somewhat less user-friendly manner.
Also...chicklet keys? Really?
I'm one of the engineers; the keys aren't ABS; they're manufactured of SAN so we haved observed issues with cloudiness and distortion one would have with ABS. Also the optical properties of SAN are far better; it acts as tranmissive medium.
Also, it's not chicklet keys lol; I'm a cherry blue user at home usually; the mechanism is based on a modified topre.
Cheers mate for the feedback, if you have any questions just shoot.
Not sure how I feel about a 60% Board that isn't mechanical for more than $100. The fact that I can customize shortcuts and mappings is interesting, but how easy is it to set up? How far can you take the customization?
When I compare this to the Poker series, it seems a lot more user friendly on the surface (no dip switches or manual programming layer), but I don't think the cost is justified.
Although that said, the fact that they use the Apple keyboard typeface for the modifiers (and show Mac compatibility) probably signifies that the product is not for the likes of me.
(Also no ISO layout whaaaat)
I'm one of the engineers at the Sydney office.
We weren't expecting press quite this early but we are changing the design to adapt to the feedback (ie, all dynamic keys and ISO format).
We will also be shipping a numpad and later a full 104 key keyboard too.
If you have any more questions please just shoot, we try to engage to most people's feedback (even the Swedish etc forums that have posted on us).
Talk soon mate.
Either way, hope you're learning from lebedev's mistakes!
I always have one and a cable in my laptop bag, despite the weight of the aluminum case I added.
Another similar product is the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate  keyboard, but only 10 if its buttons have programmable displays.
I wonder why Razer (or anyone else) haven't made a standalone keyboard that followed the approach they took with their Switchblade  concept. They put transparent keys over a large lcd panel. It's much cheaper than putting a tiny lcd display inside each key.
P.s I'm one of the engineers on site working on the project.
Not only that - but their scrolling override has also broken swipe left to go back a page.
The keyboard looks pretty - but I dread to imagine what the experience is like when setting up keybindings.
I'll remove it, you're the second person to say it so I'll work to fix the UI.
P.s The site was built for our Govt Grant App, we've invested most of our time in customer and product development. However I'll invest more time into user testing and website dev to fix these points. I appreciate the feedback!
Every Sonder keyboard is unique, personalise it your way. Perhaps you use your Sonder as a bloomberg terminal, or for audio editing; with Sonder all your settings are saved automatically to the cloud.
How many am I supposed to buy? Some built-in memory or maybe even a card reader in the keyboard would surly get the job done and keep your keyboard off the cloud.
So, for the applicaitons demoed in the showreel (Adobe creative suite, Halflife) Users typically have a rather aggressive trajectory to proficiency. I.e. they only need a keyboard like this for a short period.
* I guess the business model here would be to be affordable enough to justify the rare usage?
Here's a link to the 'touchdesk' I built for Make Magazine:
I fondly remember my 144 key keyboards.
Failing to even bother making a 104 key 'full size keyboard' when your keyboard isn't even using 'fancy keys' for all keys is pretty irritating.
Oh and how about you make the command/meta keys 'fancy' so that the damn keyboard works 'perfectly' on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Oh and in case anyone isn't old enough... This is not original at all.
Given the press however we will amend the design to have all dynamic keys.
We have a few Art Lebedevs at the office, they also cost like 10x of our product so it is rather original.
Thanks for the feedback, I hope the design amendments address your points too!
We will also be shipping a numpad + later a full 104 key too.
But I don't think you've got a leg to stand on when you say "rather original". You could definitely say "innovative", or "vastly improved" because you have slashed the costs by 90% which is amazing. But that doesn't change the fact 'this has been done before', done 'poorly' but 'done' none the less. This isn't a bad thing, I had a smart phone before the iPhone, I loved my P900, but I like my iPhone way more.
This is awful. I loose every intention to look at your product.
The keys are dynamic; ie they adapt depending on context so you can illustrate shortcuts, languages and personalised macros.
What I really disklike about the MS Natural 4000 is the small enter key. Fucks me too often still. And it does noething to prevent pinky finger issues in the outer joint.