Queso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 787 times:
I hate the damned things. My job requires me to support a little over 1,000 computers and their users every day. I go to work on a computer that a user has an ergo keyboard at and I am hunting and pecking all over it, I can't type on them for shit. It's like it's melted.
That they actually aren't particularly ergonomic and you can't type nearly as fast as with a normal keyboard. If you use a normal keyboard properly, you shouldn't end up with repetitive stress injury anyway.
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Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3092 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 698 times:
I prefer them. One of the earliest was the Apple Adjustable Keyboard, which as the name implies could be adjusted from a normal configuration to being split. These days I use a Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000; it doesn't actually split down the middle but has a mild curve to it. A major reason I got it though is that all the keys are in the right place and it doesn't have one of those nasty Function Lock keys.
One company I worked for had replaced all their keyboards with ergonomic keyboard and they said they'd found they'd had less problems.
So true. I have the Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse set from Microsoft and have been happy with it. I'm a hunter and pecker on the keyboard (still damn fast though) and just can't figure out any of the ergonomic keyboards.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7598 posts, RR: 40 Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 671 times:
Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 9): What he doesn't say is they are words like The, At, His, Hers, etc.
Anyone remember what the formula for WPM typed is? Isn't it something like total characters typed (including spaces) divided by 6 equals WPM typed? I think my best (back in school) was just over 60.
Back to the topic though. Personally I don't like the ergo-keyboards, I find them very uncomfortable. However, I have the Microsoft Comfortcurve 2000 on my desktop and I am very pleased with it. The keys are curved ever so slightly and are nice and quiet. Best of all, I only paid $20 for it brand new.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3092 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 662 times:
Yes, that's the keyboard I have. If you actually look at your wrist and compare the position they're in when you use an ergonomic keyboard versus a standard one, you can see why the ergonomic ones would be more comfortable. That's assuming you're touch typing though, if you're hunting and pecking your hands are moving all over the place anyway and I have seen people get thrown off by them when they try to hunt and peck on a Comfort Curve keyboard.
One thing I never really understood though is why nobody ever really continued the adjustable idea that Apple had. The great thing about it was for people like me that liked them you could split the keyboard, but if someone who didn't like it wanted to use the keyboard, all they had to do was push the keyboard back together. Compare: