These days, laptops are more convenient than desktop computers—wielding as much processing power as they do mobility. Laptops hold several benefits, but as a complete home- or in-office solution….
Laptops are intrinsically flawed from an ergonomics perspective.
Aside from the inability to adjust a laptop’s monitor and keyboard position independent of each other, the type of keyboard itself can mean the difference between fast, efficient typing and carpal-tunnel syndrome.
Whether you’re adding a new keyboard or replacing an old one, keyboards designed for ergonomics claim to reduce physical conditions that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, while improving comfort and productivity.
But, external keyboards aren’t one-size-fits-all.
Knowing the key features of ergonomic keyboards can help determine the right
model for you:
- Split keyboards can enable positioning of the hands/arms independent to one another which may reduce awkward hand/wrist and upper limb postures if set appropriately.
- Tenting is a feature commonly seen with split keyboards which helps with typing in a more neutral position.
- Travel distance (the actual distance that keys need to be pushed down for keystrokes to be recognized) of the keys themselves can affect fingertip forces, with more travel distance to reduce bottoming out while typing.
If you’re looking for a high-quality ergonomic keyboard, check out these models that include some of those key features.
- The Matias Ergo Pro is a great choice for a split keyboard that features tenting. The keys are mechanical with longer travel distance, and it features a built-in gel palm rest.
- The Kinesis Freestyle 2/Pro is another solid choice in the split keyboard arena. Its keys are similar, with greater travel distance. A palm rest and tenting accessory is available as well.
- The Contour Balance is narrow, sturdy, and comfortable. It’s not a split keyboard like the others—it doesn’t tent, but it does enable fast typing with neutral hand/wrist postures when paired with the palm rest.
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*This article was updated 6/9/21