Where Have All the Ergonomic Keyboards Gone?

I have to tell you, I have been on an ergonomic quest lately. My goal is to find the best quality ergonomic office equipment I can afford. The key word, of course, is “afford.” A few years ago, I bought the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and I absolutely love it.

Check this little guy out.

Microsoft Ergo Keyboard

As you can see, it’s not particularly fancy, but the product does offer one feature that I use all the time. With this keyboard, I’m able to bookmark my top five favorite documents—this includes MS Word and Excel docs, as well as, internet URL’s—and I can open these documents with the push of a single button. I’m sure many other keyboards offer the same convenience, but to have this capability in an ergo keyboard is really awesome.

I’ve noticed, however, that my keys for the letters “E” and “R” are almost chipped away, and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before some of the other letters chip off as well. Out of curiosity, I started looking for other ergonomic keyboards and sadly, the pickings are pretty darn slim? Granted, I know split-keyboards aren’t for everyone—especially my hubby who finds it very difficult to type on my keyboard—but surely other manufacturers offer quality competitive products. So now this whole situation has me wondering. Have people moved away from using ergonomic keyboards? Have any of you ever tried one?




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4 Responses

  1. My late husband purchased one of those split keyboards. My brain and fingers went nuts. I couldn’t adjust to it.

    The keyboard I have now has a build in wrist rest. That’s as ergo as I can stand. LOL!

    Susan 🙂

  2. LOL Susan, my husband has the same reaction to my keyboard as you. As I spend more hours typing I find that wrist support is extremly important. I now wear wrist guards on both hands and I absolutely must have a wrist rest built into the keyboard. The ol’ body isn’t what it used to be. 🙂

  3. I don’t think I could even begin to type on one of those, especially since I don’t always use the right fingers.

    Do you also sit in one of those funny chairs, or on a big ball perhaps???


  4. I think people either really take to the ergo keyboard or it just drives them crazy. My hubby avoids using my machine altogether because he just can’t deal with the split keyboard.

    I’ve thought about trying one of those big balls, but the idea seems to foreign to me. After suffering from leg and back pain, I finally broke down and bought the Aeron chair by Herman Miller. I love this bad boy! If you ever get the chance, Georgiana, you have to try out one of these chairs. They are soooo comfortable!

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