Typing for long periods of time can lead to hand cramps and pain in the wrist. The Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard is designed to limit the amount of stress caused on the hand muscles while typing. It also keeps the wrist in mind with comfort features meant to make typing a breeze.
The Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard has a multitude of features that’s meant to ease the pains of typing. It has a zoom feature, which lets users zoom in easily with a simple press of a button. It also has many other button features such as customizable hot keys, which would allow users to set up their keyboard to let them do tasks by pressing one button. Examples of this feature include opening documents or specific emails by simply pressing a button rather than going through the process of opening your folders or email. There are also pre-set hot keys for Internet browsing and exploring “My Favorites” folders and files.
The key functions aren’t the only improvements this keyboard has over other keyboards. It also has a unique design and key placement so that the hands have to do less reaching to hit certain keys. There’s also a soft padding that’s indented where the hands typically sit in order to reduce stress on the wrists. The number pad includes keys like the equal sign and parenthesis since they are commonly used symbols and they’re easy to reach in positions just above the number pad. The new design greatly reduces the discomforts of typing.
Size is the largest downfall of the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard. It’s much larger than the average keyboard and when space on a desk is limited it may be difficult to keep a large keyboard at the computer. It also isn’t compatible with every computer or operating system, which limits the amount of people who can use it. It’s also fairly expensive for a non-wireless keyboard with prices as high as $60. The biggest complaint is that it’s best used by people who type properly since it can actually be uncomfortable for people who use the “hunt and peck” typing technique.
The price may be high compared to a standard keyboard but when it comes to comfort it’s definitely worth the extra cost. It does make typing more comfortable for people who use the proper technique of typing and is great so long as it’s compatible with your computer and you have space for it. Overall, the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard does just what it’s meant to: make typing a pleasant experience.