Ergonomoic Keyboards

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  1. jdw

    jdw New Member

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    Where the hell did they all go? Seems like they used to be quite a bit more popular but there aren't many new ones out there it seems...

    Started using one at work and I'm hooked except I HATE the feel of keystrokes on it so I'm looking for new ones both at work and at home. Newegg only has a couple and all but the more expensive M$ one look like they're a compromise between a true ergo and a traditional.

    Where else (reputable) can I find one?
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm using an older style Microsoft one with the split keypad.

    I had to do a lot of digging to find one after they stopped production, so I bought two.

    One for my regular build, and one for my backup build.

    Try ebay?
     
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    the microsoft ergo 4000 is the best one out now IMO
     
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    The grey/blue ones? 2 guys at work have those (picked them up for the same reason I want a different one).

    I liked the M$ one I looked at at Best Buy (same as the one on NewEgg) except it sat way up off the desk. Would work if I was using my slideout tray at home, but the top of my desk (where my keyboards usually are) at home and at work are too high for that style...

    Haven't tried e-bay yet (I usually try to avoid it)... Wish I could find a few more I could play with before I go buying...
     
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    That's the one I looked at but it sits too high off the desk for me...
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yep. I can't even type on a normal one now. It feels too cramped.

    I'm gonna be fucked when the ones I have finally stop working.
     
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    I'm still fine on a regular one (I like my laptop, the Logitech traditional on my other machine is so-so), but I'm afraid what 10-12 hours/day typing is going to do to my wrists long-term....
     
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    Oh shit, I just realized looking on Amazon that that spacer is removable so it sits normally...

    I will be going to play with one of these at Best Buy again tomorrow - maybe order one while I'm at it..
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    I have the Logitech Wave. Feels great
     
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    So, now that I'm on the ergo-kick I came across these mice...

    http://888ergodir.com/evoluent-vertical-mouse.htm
    Anyone ever used one? I'm almost more worried about the mouse than the keyboard as my right hand is already starting to 'change' due to the amount of time I spend mouse surfing at home.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If you don't do gaming, your hand would be better off with a balltrack mouse.

    I've owned one where the ball is at the thumb as well as at the index finger, and the index finger one is more intuitive to use, imo.
     
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    They went away because people realized it was their posture that was the problem, not the keyboard, and so there was no excuse to put up with having a huge inconvenient gap in the middle of the keys.
     
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    I've used the one larger logitech trackballs with the ball at the thumb and I like but I end up with a sore thumb after too long. I do a decent amount of photoshop and illustrator work between home and work and I'm not sure I'd like a trackball for that type of work (although I guess I can always have multiple mice plugged in). I wouldn't mind trying one of the kensington pro mice, but those are nearly $100 themselves...
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It is not inconveniant.

    An inconveniant gap is the space between David Letterman's teeth.

    :squint:
     
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    well, I picked up a M$4000 and I think it'll be going back the store...
    Everything is good except for the space bar.. I'm not sure if its just this particular one (the one on the shelf felt better) only, but the keystroke for the space bar takes way too much effort (to the extent it sounds like I'm Beating on the keyboard every time I hit it...

    Bah....
     
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    The Logitech Wireless Trackman is the model you want. Alternately, get a Trackman FX off eBay, if you can find one.
     
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    I can't remember the last time I watched the Late Show.
     

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