There are many types of ergonomic keyboards out there, and we know it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you. So if you’re feeling pain while typing, and you need to buy an ergonomic keyboard, read on for our suggestions and to find out what makes a keyboard ergonomic.
Split Keyboards – The most popular ergonomic keyboards are “split” ergonomic keyboards. These keyboards are split down the middle, hence the name, and they enable you to place the two halves of the keyboard at a comfortable distance from each other. This allows you to keep your hands and fingers in a more natural position, and it keeps you from cramping your hands and wrists close together, which can cause pain and result in damage to your tendons and ligaments.
Most split keyboards offer you the opportunity to position both halves where they feel comfortable on your desk or keyboard tray to reduce strain. You can adjust the width of the split for changing tasks and postures. Most split keyboards, like the Goldtouch V2 Adjustable Keyboard and the Kinesis Freestyle 2 Adjustable Split Keyboard; also feature the ability to tent the keyboard up at a comfortable angle for further comfort.
Natural Keyboards – Natural ergonomic keyboards come in two designs: contoured and split. Contoured natural keyboards like the Adesso Tru-Form Pro Ergonomic Keyboard are designed with a small split between the keys and a wave shape that promotes a more natural hand, wrist and forearm position for comfortable and healthy long-term typing. Most natural keyboards also feature palm and wrist rests that follow the ergonomic slope of the keyboard design, which also keeps you comfortable and supported while typing for long periods.
For a split style natural keyboard, we recommend looking at the Kinesis Advantage series, like the Kinesis Advantage Contoured USB Keyboard. This ergonomic keyboard allows you to switch keyboard layouts from the traditional QWERTY layout to the progressive DVORAK layout. The Kinesis Advantage’s unique ergonomic design is the result of research into the factors that cause repetitive stress injuries. This keyboard design is specifically made to reduce such repetitive stress injuries and pain, and it’s also designed to keep you productive while you work with its adjustable key layout. The keys sit in a concave key well that helps reduce hand and finger extension, which helps reduce joint pain. Learn more about the Kinesis Advantage in the video below.