kaddyuk
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Ergonomic Keyboards?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:40 am

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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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:20 pm

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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QFA380
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:27 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
who types 130 wpm

Damn that is extremely fast.
 
kaddyuk
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:35 am

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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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:39 am

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.
 
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:32 am

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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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:20 am

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

I prefer bananas...
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:43 am

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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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:55 am

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

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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:02 am

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

I'll second that notion.  Wink
 
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:12 am

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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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:47 am

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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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:53 am

Maybe you should consider paying back the 80 quid you owe first... that'd be highly appreciated.
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:07 am

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.




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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:10 am

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

 biggrin  Fair is fair...
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:12 am

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 16):

 biggrin  Fair is fair...

True........
 
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:22 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
Quiet Key keyboards

Any manufacturer you prefer?
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RE: Ergonomic Keyboards?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:47 am

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

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