I purchased the Bad Wings specifically to figure out a good 36 key layout that would work with other similar split boards. I also thought it would be easier to travel and use a one piece on a plane. I have found the ease of working with the 2040 compatible Xiao seed MCU a joy, flashing easily and quickly as I make dozens of adjustments during a session.
The board itself has a smooth appealing case, and the touchpad works well. My only complaint is the lack of buttons to reset and put it into bootloader mode. I dealt with that by creating a key on a higher layer that would put the board into bootloader. I love that I can flash it be dragging over the uf file like I would with a USB drive.
It is the perfect experimental hobby board that I may put into permanent use.
This was my first ergo keyboard and it was very easy to build with and the end product is extremely comfortable.
The screen is a bit of a novelty but given the price, its worth it for just the looks.
The board is absolutly gorgeous. The width, depth and hight is as small as it could get. It feels robust.
Assembly has been simpler than similar builds, but as I am new to soldering, I have needed assistance. Thankfully Hazel has provided excellent assistance along the way with any and all question that I have had.
I'd always done DIY keyboard building, but the price on the Bad Wings was competitive. I wanted to try the 36 key style with layers, and the touchpad was the real bonus. As far as keyboards I've bought in the mech world it's really really good and solid. I initially put blues on but then upgraded to Sunset Tactile Choc Switches which made it perfect.