X-Bows Knight Keyboard

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The X-Bows Knight Keyboard , came out around 2020-02.

X-Bows Knight is a enhanced version of the X-Bows Lite/Nature.

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xbows knight 2022-09-24. 4032×3024


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Xbows knight 2022-09-24

The xbows keyboard is my favorite flat ergo keyboard. I have 8 or so batman keyboards [see Xah Keyboards], and every time i use xbows, it is such a joy.

Xbows is the most easy-to-adopt ergo keyboard.

For my initial experience in 2017, see X-Bows Lite/Nature

Xbows is also my current main (as of 2022-09-27)

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4032×3024 USB-A to USB-C cable, 2 different keycap puller, and 2 magnetic feet. 2022-09-24
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side view 4032×3024
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detachable magnetic feet

Programing the keys (Vial, QMK)

The most fantastic, one of the most easy to use.

The keyboard use the graphical user interface software Vial to program the keys. You download vial, launch it, and just click the key on the layout diagram to program them. The effect is instant.

Vial is an open-source cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac and Web) GUI software for configuring QMK keyboard in real time.

Xbows Nature and xbows knight, supports Vial since in July 2022.

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Vial user interface, showing xbows default layout 2022-09-25

you can also save your layout to a file.

sample vial config file: xah_xbows_layout_id526.vil

here's key macro for Ctrl+Tab:

[["down", "KC_LCTRL"], ["tap", "KC_TAB"], ["up", "KC_LCTRL"]]

here's key macro for Ctrl+Shift+Tab:

[["down", "KC_LCTRL", "KC_LSHIFT"], ["tap", "KC_TAB"], ["up", "KC_LSHIFT", "KC_LCTRL"]]

Change Light Effect

Media Keys and Other Fn Keys

Default Fn Key Layout

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xbows knight config 2022-09-24 sdMSS
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xbows default fn layout 2022-09-25 Nbz4z

Xah Talk Show 2022-09-29 using xbows

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Where to Buy

buy at https://x-bows.com/

if you buy from their site, chip me patreon me $5 or amazon egift card to Xah@XahLee.org

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