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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

I'm considering purchasing an Ergonomic Keyboard.

Who uses one or has used one? What were the downfalls of using one?

My mouse has gone tits up and i think a new mouse and keyboard is in order.


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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1001 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.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26540 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 966 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
Who uses one or has used one?

I have used them and refuse to own one. I do, however, like Quiet Key keyboards and laptop keyboards, which my mother who types 130 wpm doesn't like.

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
What were the downfalls of using one?

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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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2079 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 963 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
who types 130 wpm

Damn that is extremely fast.


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 940 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 3):
Damn that is extremely fast

Damn straight... I consider myself an above average skill typist and I manage an average 75wpm with bursts upto about 95 to 100wpm...

Did she use a Dvorak keyboard or a QWERTY?



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User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 937 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
which my mother who types 130 wpm doesn't like.

Holy shit.

As for the Ergonomic Keyboards, I wouldn't reccommend it, but it's all about personal preference.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 912 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.


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 911 times:

Kev,

they suck balls, just use a normal keyboard, they work great if you know what you are doing really. If you can type fine on one of them then don't worry about changing.

Buy an apple keyboard and mouse! They rock! Maybe also buy an apple too!  Wink



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 904 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 7):
Maybe also buy an apple too!

I prefer bananas...



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 900 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 3):
Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
who types 130 wpm

Damn that is extremely fast.

What he doesn't say is they are words like The, At, His, Hers, etc.  Wink

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 7):
they suck balls, just use a normal keyboard

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.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
laptop keyboards

Ugh! The bane of my existence. I have huge hands (a spread from thumb tip to pinky tip of almost 12") so they dwarf any laptop keyboard you put in front of me. It makes work a pain in the butt.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 893 times:

Those trendy pieces of crap... I call them "Egonomic." If you're a two-finger typist like me, they're awful.

Mark


User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 892 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 7):
Buy an apple keyboard and mouse! They rock! Maybe also buy an apple too!

I'll second that notion.  Wink


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 885 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.




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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 876 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:

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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 863 times:

Maybe you should consider paying back the 80 quid you owe first... that'd be highly appreciated.


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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 857 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 14):
Maybe you should consider paying back the 80 quid you owe first... that'd be highly appreciated.

Nah, let him pay 90.




No edit.

[Edited 2007-02-19 00:11:45]

User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 854 times:

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 15):
Nah, let him pay 90. Wink

 biggrin  Fair is fair...



"Do you speak fluent Canadian?"
User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 847 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 16):

 biggrin  Fair is fair...

True........


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
Quiet Key keyboards

Any manufacturer you prefer?



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 829 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 8):
I prefer bananas...

The food of choice by monkey's! like yourself....  Wink



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