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Wondering a few things, I'll probably email maxkeyboard since this isn't really a good deal and wait for a reply but I figured I'd ask here in case anyone knew or so that the answers can be made public when discovered.
1. Are the Macros and/or Settings stored on the device or on the user's profile in the attached PC, or in public storage on the user's PC?
2. Any additional settings have been added since the video? I am looking for the ability to re-assign a pre-recorded macro to a different key, and block-of-text features, similar to the operation of Logitech G devices.
3. Any plans or mods seen to add pop-out feet? I'd like to see this as a feature since the horizontal option is cool but it would suck to have permanent feet in case elevation or rotation adjustments were desired. Even a clip-on solution would be cool because of the modularity given the design, and would add little to the cost.
1. I suspect the settings are stored on the device. I'd actually would've preferred if a computer profiles were possible but I've been spoiled with Corsair's software flexibility
2. and 3. should be addressed to Max Keyboards, who designed and produce this thing, they'd more about your specific requirements.
Regarding 1: I believe the settings are stored on the device. I have the 8-key macro pad by this company, and the way programming works is that you load a hex file containing the default or last saved profile, modify the button assignments, then store them back to the device. It actually seems to me as if the hex file contains not only the macros, but also the device's firmware. When storing the macros, you set a jumper and hit or hold a reset button, which on similar devices would put them into firmware flash mode.
It is always possible that this device is completely different from their 8-button offering, but I highly doubt it. I'd bet the only difference is the number of keys and the price.
Makes me worry about the eeprom longevity, just how many times you completely rewrite it lol I'm saying it because I constantly swap out different keyboard profiles for my Corsair keyboard.
There are five "layers," which I believe are separate profiles tthat you can switch between. I use a single configuration and just set up my games to use that profile, so I don't have any experience using them. You could have a look at the user manual on their website, though, if you're curious.
yeah, the layer switch is on the PCB itself which is kinda inconvenient, you gonna have to flip the pad to access it
It's along the edge of the bottom of the PCB, right? You might have to lift it a bit, but you can get used to about where it is and just hook the tip of your finger under it to press the button. If you need to switch profiles while you are in the middle of doing something, then you'd probably be better off with a keyboard with macro capabilities on all of its keys rather than a 20-key macro pad.
I actually want to get the kit version and incorporate it into a sort of "assistive" game controller I use for playing 3D FPS style games. It has 6 arcade buttons and joystick, and I use an MMORPG gaming mouse for the 12 buttons on the side to mostly take the place of a keyboard for my left hand. Sometimes, though, when not "in the heat of battle" I still have to reach for the keyboard to hit buttons that aren't used very often (like esc or enter), so it would be nice to add a little 'mini-keyboard' to my joystick controller to handle those buttons. It would also add the ability to have some macros and give me a nice GUI to programe those buttons (rather than having to do it in the firmware code, like the six arcade buttons). I might desolder the profile switch and run wires to a button on the face or side of the controller box to let me switch profiles. I hadn't planned on needing to, but it would be nice to have the option if I ever needed it in the future.
I'd rather have a key combo or something to switch layers, like on Ergodox, Sticking your finger into the PCB blindly is not the best method either, imo
You can program one of the key to be Layer cycle key so you can cycle your layers or profiles or you can program a dedicated L1 - L5 keys. You do not have to use tact switch on the PCB.
Falcon-20 RGB is different from Falcon-8. There is no more jumper setting. Simply use their software to program and save it to the device. Some new features such as mouse button function, added F1-F20 keys, macro repeat function, macro repeat when pressed, macro repeat until next key is pressed.
Nice, that makes this more interesting.
I used the L1 and L2 keys as a Next and Previous Layer button. For example on layer 1, the L1 key changes to layer 5 and the L2 key changes to L2.
On Layer 2, the L1 key goes back to Layer 1 and the L2 key goes forward to layer 3 and so on...