Ergonomic Keyboard Review Roundup

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DaringDave57

I would recommend using the Microsoft Sculpt. The only drawback that I can think of is that it is wireless, which means that there is more input lag. If that is a problem for you then I would recommend using the Kinesis Freestyle2. I have found great information about both of these on this site.
Site : http://ergonomicoffice.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Ergonomic-Keyboard

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phillipblackwell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpal_tunnel_syndrome

has the link for Ulnar Deviation

I have the hardest time keeping my wrist straight with the mouse. I tend to need my wrist to touch the desk so I can be more accurate.

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DarrellGood

I use a standard keyboard at work, but at home I have a Lenovo think pad and the keyboard is fantastic. Very comfortable, and easy to use.

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Obsidian

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 - wired - less than $20

I have been using the MS Comfort Curve 2000 for over a decade now. They are fantastic and resilient. For wireless use I found the sleek Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 has been rock solid and comfortable to use despite its small footprint.

Those two are a fraction of the price of the above solutions. Time to add a bit of realism back into your reviews. At least add the current Microsoft Sculpt keyboard to the review line up.

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Ben Kim

I'd like to say that the boards we reviewed in this roundup are a step above any of Microsoft's offerings. If $20 is all you've got, the Microsoft Comfort Curve looks like a great choice. 

On the other hand, if you can spring for any of these boards, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. The cheaper boards: the Goldtouch V2 and Freestyle2 are pretty damn adjustable. The pricier boards: the Advantage USB and TECK aren't physically customizable but support easy remapping and have some awesome features that aren't available on anything like the Comfort Curve.

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Ninjawithagun

"I'd like to say that the boards we reviewed in this roundup are a step above any of Microsoft's offerings" WRONG!! Where do you live? In a cave? You are supposed to be up to date on the latest and greatest products. Microsoft recently released the all-new wireless Sculpt keyboard and ergonomic mouse:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/sculpt-ergonomic-desktop

Also, the older Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is a great choice. I've been using it at both work and home for the past several years and LOVE IT. Highly reliable and not one single problem ever:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/natural-ergonomic-keyboard-4000/B2M-00012

Please do me a favor next time and do your homework. You are writing for Maximum PC now, not Minimum Computer Knowledge - don't make me do your job again. NUFF SAID!

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Ben Kim

Aside from the fact that the Sculpt is wireless, how exactly is it better than the Goldtouch V2 or Freestyle2?

The most important thing to remember about ergonomics is that everyone is different—which is why the adjustable boards that we reviewed are great. The Sculpt's fixed split should be fine if it fits you, but if it doesn't, you're far better off with a keyboard that lets you dial in the angle that works best for you. 

The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000's main problem is that it has an attached numberpad which gives you less room to manuever your mouse without whacking into your keyboard or throwing your shoulders out of whack. Here's our review of the keyboard from 2006.

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phillipblackwell

ninja with an attitude problem

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ilfipian

Those don't offer the level of relief. I've used a lot of the low end ergo boards and they just don't compare. You'd have seen very low review numbers in comparison to these.

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Ghost XFX

If Das Keyboard made one, I'd buy it. My deal is, I'm never going back to the mushy membrane keyboards again. Mechanical keys are a must now.

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Ben Kim

Try out the Advantage USB or TECK, they both have mechanical switches! Kinesis was actually one of the driving forces behind the Cherry MX Brown switch.

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John Pombrio

I used MS split keyboards forever, the last being the 4000. My son convinced me to go back to a mechanical keyboard and guess what? NO DIFFERENCE in how my wrists feel as long as I have a good wrist rest. Now the MOUSE is my enemy and I know when I have been mousing too much. I cannot stand rollerballs so I stick with the mouse and a wrist support wrap.

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Ghost XFX

Come on, man! You can't stand tracking balls? You mean to tell me you didn't like to play Centipede arcades back in the day?

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bmeyerkc

How was the most popular ergo keyboard not included? The Microsoft 4000.

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fung0

The MS Ergo 4000 is old hat, but it's still very, very hard to beat. At under $50, it offers most of the advantages of the higher-priced units in the review. It has a standard key layout, lots of extra buttons, and no real downside in usability. It even manages to get the key feel just about right, in spite of using membrane switches.

I've always been a good touch typist, but my first Ergo 4000 just about doubled my typing speed. I'd love to see an upgrade... Something with better durability, or a few deluxe gaming touches, or a genuine cowhide wrist-rest, would crack my wallet open in a hurry. But meanwhile, the 4000 remains one of Microsoft's truly classic products, like Windows XP or the original IntelliMouse Optical.

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txfeinbergs

You mean like the new Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business? It just came out and is awesome because you can move the numeric pad wherever you want.

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BrainFlush

That's sick. Like my MS X6 Sidewinder with the detachable NUMPAD.

Thanks for the heads up.

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BrainFlush

I used them for so many years and still miss that style of KB. Here is my first one ever. www.dakotalink.net/msergoelite.jpg

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fung0

I still have a couple of those... superb keyboards, but not quite as comfortable as the 4000.

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BrainFlush

I might have to try it out again. Currently using an MS Sidewinder X6 www.everythingusb.com/images/list/ms-sidewinder-x6-full.jpg Rare and hard to find but I scored 2 of them brand new for $60 total. Not ergonomic but it has a detachable NUM pad that can be placed on the left or right. Makes for an awesome MMO KB.

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Phrish

Thanks for the Ergo roundup! I have the Kinesis Advantage myself (the one with Cherry Red keys). Haven't started using it yet, but looking very much forward to helping my tired wrists. Flat KBs make my wrists and forearms numb within a half hour of typing. =(

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legionera

Nothing about orbitouch

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Nimrod

lol. and yet, they are all QWERTY, speed must not be a function of the product HAHAHAHAHAHA.

QWERTY, I laugh at the

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fung0

You hadn't heard that whole Dovrak thing was pretty much debunked?

Anyway, if you want to be fanatical about it, you can easily change the layout in software...

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stradric

I had to look it up. This article takes a critical look at the whole idea that Dvorak is better coming to the ultimate conclusion that it is not.
http://reason.com/archives/1996/06/01/typing-errors

It would be more worthwhile to train your already-existing QWERTY skills than to spend the time trying to learn Dvorak.

I'd still be interested in taking 100 excellent QWERTY typists and pitting them against 100 excellent Dvorak typists and then comparing their average scores on the same set of typing tests. I bet that Dvorak typists would only be a negligible percentage faster, if at all.

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Gameaholic1337

Ergodox.

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big_montana

Does anyone make affordable ergo planks? I need to purchase 300 ergo keyboards for my work, but at $100 and above, this will be a no go.

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BrainFlush

Contact them and see about bulk discount purchase. I have no other help to offer, sorry.

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ilfipian

I've enjoyed my Kinesis for years. Worth every penny.

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Hey.That_Dude

Intriguing. But I do a lot of typing in the dark... so... back-lighting?

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Spacegy4

Learn to touch type. it is a useful skill to have.

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Hey.That_Dude

I can. Doesn't mean that I don't need to see the keys sometimes.

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BrainFlush

Of course he should learn to touch type but maybe like me he isn't that good and having lit keys would help overall. And to be honest here, for $200+ they better god damn well have lights in the keys. Just saying.

And for what I think was a kind of douchy response, you missed capitalizing your I in "it" Touch type that.