Ergonomic Computer Keyboards

Written by Sierra Rein
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Ergonomic computer keyboards have gained in popularity over the last few decades. The very first ergonomic keyboards were first proposed in 1926, again in 1964, and finally realized in the late 1970s. Modern ergonomic keyboards typically feature a 10° lateral tilt (from the middle to the sides) and a distance of at least three inches between the letters "G" and "H." Usually, these halves are also angled at a more ergonomic 25° slant.

By splitting the keyboard in the middle and angling it outwards, an ergonomic keyboard forces the wrists and hands into a more comfortable position. Some are fixed, while others can be adjusted to the typist's unique set of arm and hand movements and shoulder width. There are also a number of specialty keyboards that take the concept of typing to another level by allowing different angles.

Additions to Ergonomic Computer Keyboards That Make Typing a Breeze

Many ergonomic computer keyboard companies also offer secondary number keypads to make data entry even easier and less dangerous on the wrists. These can be used by both right and left-handed typists and could be placed as near or far to the keyboard as the connection wire allows. Some of these ergonomic keypads also function as a sequencing board, which memorizes keystrokes and application commands and re-plays them back to the computer at the push of a button.

Some manufacturers of ergonomic products also offer keyboard stickers to place over the keyboard buttons to instantly and visually translate "Western" letters and numbers into other languages. These can include Arabic Farsi, Greek, Cyrillic, Hindi, Russian and Hebrew. They are great for foreign exchange students, translators, and native speakers who function better in their original languages.

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