It’s Essential to Invest in a Good Keyboard

When it comes to buying a keyboard, which usually is purchased alongside a laptop or desktop computer, many people just stick with the basic model. The reason for this is that they have likely already shelled out a lot of money, and do not want to spend even more on a keyboard. However, depending on what you plan to use your keyboard for, this can be a costly mistake. Continue reading It’s Essential to Invest in a Good Keyboard

What is an ergonomic keyboard

Since virtually everybody in the workplace utilizes a keyboard to some degree, the tension that repetitive entering reasons on the hands, wrist, and fingers has ended up being a major workplace concern. The ergonomic key-board was designed to to ease some of that tension and provide a more comfortable system for entering.

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Kinesis ergonomic keyboard review and impressions

This time I feature a video review of the Kinesis keyboard. It is the most famous ergonomic keyboard design, which you should know to make an informed decision on either buying yourself such a keyboard or not. In my opinion it is a nifty contraption that can save you quite a bit of health related issues.

The Kinesis Contoured Ergonomic Keyboard

Kinesis is a brand of desktop computer keyboards designed to provide ergonomic support for the hands. As the name Kinesis Contour implies, the keyboard is not flat but raised slightly like a small hill, and sets of keys are separated by a plastic divider. Although the appearance is strange, and it takes more space on a desk than a standard keyboard, it is designed to be more comfortable. The hands are not pressed close together, but are placed in a more natural position.

The Kinesis Advantage line follows a same philosophy, but with the twist that the main keys are aligned in two depressions on the keyboard. This allows the fingers to sweep in their natural arc and arrive at sets of keys with less movement. This is reported to be the height of keyboarding comfort, as comfortable as typing all day can be. The Advantage, and in fact all Kinesis models, are able to be re-mapped, which allows users to apply the Dvorak keyboarding layout, which further enhances the ergonomic benefit.

The keys themselves are modified, with the trigger not being a spring underneath the key but rather a Cherry MX brown key switch. The benefit is that the typical clicking of keyboarding is replaced by a smoother and gentler motion. Also, the top row is not comprised of buttons at all, but rather soft impressions with a touch sensor underneath. These enhancements allow for comfortable keystrokes, and these comforts can become significant after a few hours of typing.

Although replacing a traditional keyboard with a Kinesis Contour or Advantage Keyboard can cost more than thirty dollars, it is a beneficial investment if the user must type for many hours a day. Excessive typing can contribute to arthritis of the hand, and those who already suffer from ailing joints can only make the situation worse. Sometimes a person suffers an injury to the hand, and needs to minimize finger movement as much as possible. Whether for the professional or as a handicap aid, a Kinesis keyboard can be a healthy option for a regular computer user. There is simply no need for a hand to suffer.

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Kinesis Freestyle Ergonomic Computer Keyboards Review

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The Kinesis Freestyle Solo’s revolutionary two modular design will relieve wrist strain during long hours of typing. Its ergonomic keyboard was designed with input from Ergonomists to suit the needs of a wide variety of user’s needs.

In an Ergonomic keyboard review, research noted that while using some ergonomic keyboards, the typist had to hold their elbows at an angle away from their body to fit their hands on the keypad. This can cause a typist to twist their wrists while reaching for certain keys. And reaching can cause shoulder strain. As we type, our hands should not bend sideways from our wrist. Our hands and wrists should move in a straight line from our elbow. This constant twisting of our wrist can cause strain and injury. With the Kinesis Solo’s compact design and separating keyboard, it is the best keyboard because the modules are adjustable to suit the typist’s body type.

The two modules of the Kinesis have the same layout as a MicroSoft keyboard. The Kinesis keypad is compact, has a pivot tether, and 8 inch connecting cable, a low profile keypad to maintain a neutral wrist posture, and low force keys.

To make it easier to convert the keypads to a more comfortable configuration, Kinesis has four optional accessory packages. These interchangeable configurations also reduce the need for multiple ergonomic keyboards. The Incline is a good replacement for the MicroSoft Natural Keyboard. The keypad is at a 10 degree slope and the modules can splay 30 degrees apart. The Freestyle VIP has V-lifters and integrated palm supports. It has a keypad slope of 10 and 15 degrees. And, it can be used with or without a pivot tether. The Freestyle V3 has keypad slopes of 5, 10, and 15 degrees. You can use it with or without a pivot tether for greater separation. The Ascent provides the greatest comfort and customization. It has two multi-angle tenting modules that are adjustable in 10 degree increments from 10 to 90 degrees.

The Kinesis Freestyle is available for Windows and Mac operating systems. Windows users need and XP or newer operating system. Mac users need OS x 10.4 or newer. Both systems need a free USB port to connect the keyboard.

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Microsoft Natural ergonomic Desktop 7000 Wireless Keyboard Review

Tech products are constantly getting better. Just take a look around the tech department in your favorite store and you will certainly find several tech marvels that you would certainly like to take home. The other day I sat down at my desk and turned to my keyboard to get to work on an important report. My keyboard froze and the keys did not operate. After several more minutes of frustration, I decided it is time to upgrade my keyboard to wireless. The Microsoft natural ergonomic desktop 7000 wireless keyboard certainly caught my attention.

I was searching for a wireless keyboard with a mouse that would make it easy for me to hook it up via USB to my new laptop and stream media to the flat screen while sitting on the other side of the room. The Microsoft natural ergonomic desktop 7000 wireless keyboard is perfect for this task also. I especially like the shape of the keyboard and mouse. They feel very natural in the hand. Certainly much more natural than my last keyboard connected to my desktop computer which was very cumbersome and tiring to work at for more than a few minutes. I especially enjoy the natural slope of the keys and the ultra soft palm rest on the wireless keyboard. Odds are that I will never go back to the standard corded keyboard.

The advanced design of the Microsoft natural ergonomic desktop 7000 wireless keyboard is very responsive to even the slightest touch. My other keyboard was hard to manage and I had to pound the keys to get a response. The wireless keyboard works well with Window XP Professional and other later models of Windows. It easily communicates with a laptop or desktop computer via a USB receiver that you plug into one of the computer’s available ports.

I really enjoy the freedom of going wireless. The range is absolutely amazing. I was sitting about 20 feet away from my flat screen and laptop. There was no lag or delay in signal response. I am certainly glad I found this wireless keyboard bundled with a mouse that runs on the 2.4 GHz wireless technology.

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Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard Video

Get Connected hosts Lindsay Smith and AJ Vickery take a look at a way to work comfortably at your home or office with the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000.

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Buying ergonomic keyboard tips

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For those who are having a tough time working due to the stress their arms and wrists gets while typing and working in front of their computer, then it is about time that they must consider buying ergonomic keyboards. These specially designed keyboards have a unique design meant to save you from such kind of trouble and even encourage good posture.

There are lots of factors that you must take into consideration and are considered as tips in buying ergonomic keyboards. You know that you have seen an ergonomic keyboard when the entirety of it is split in half and each is situated on a particular angle that is compatible to your wrists’ shape as you type.

Buying an ergonomic keyboard can be a great investment for you especially if you are the type of person who always gets a lot of typing to do. It will definitely benefit your wrists, forearms, and hands, rendering you more space and opportunity for greater productivity and efficiency. You can definitely erase all your worries about extending time working.

Before purchasing one for yourself, it is important that you are definite already with the kind of typing position that is most ideal for you. The best ones in the market are called the vertical keyboards while there are also the tented ones. These kinds of keyboards may really act goofy at first but once you get yourself used to how it looks and how it works, since you are sure to commit some typos during your first use, then you are really making a great investment for yourself at work.

Remember to choose the ergonomic keyboard that will leave your arms feeling relaxed and at ease even during a tedious day at work. Reap the benefits of buying ergonomic keyboards early on in your career.

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Kinesis Maxim Ergonomic Computer Keyboard Review

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The Kinesis maxim ergonomic keyboard is a professional grade keyboard. This keyboard allows the fingers, wrists and hands to be poised at their natural angles and positions. This allows for less stress on the joints and a lessened number of workplace injuries based on excessive keybord useage. The maxin keyboard provides the user with a number of perks that lessen stress on joints, tendons and muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists.

The Maxim ergonomic keyboard is one that is split with both lateral and vertical angles. The split on the keyboard, as well as the angles are adjustable to the users needs and comfort. The split can be adjusted from a 0 to a 30 degree angle. The lateral angle is adjustable to the 0, 8 or 14 degree positions.

The Ergonimic keyboard also includes a padded palm support. This lends to the peak of the tent angle at somewhere between 0 and 10 degrees. The added comfort also feels excellent when the job entails long hours without breaks at the keyboard.

When compared to other ‘natural’ type keyboards, the maxim ergonomic keyboard is not quite as long as others. This does not mean that Kinesis has skimped on the features. The keys are actually more user friendly with a better angle to the approach of the keys. They also have a better shape and response when touched. They adhere better to the form and natural shape of the fingertip, making them less stressful when numerous strokes over an elongated period of time.

The Kinesis maxim ergonomic keyboard also has a built in numeric keyboard. The function key allows users to switch between the standard numeral format and secondary numbers and arithmetic symbols that are found in the upper right hand corner of each key.

The keyboard also has amazing stability as well. There are a number of thin strip of rubber that are based underneath the key to aid in preventing slipping. These rubber strips also add to the evenness of the keyboard position and added stability when typing. The keyboard is an overall positive experience to use and set up. There are some mild shifting problems when typing, but these can be overlooked for the ease of use and the depleted stress on the wrists and hands.

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Kinesis Freestyle Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard video

The most adjustable and easy-to-use ergonomic keyboard has finally arrived! Humorous office video showing common ergonomic problems various computer keyboards can create.

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