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Left Handed Keyboards

Written by Josh Dodes
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No longer a novelty in any respect, left handed keyboards have recently become essential for office southpaws. To be sure, such keyboards are likely long overdue in an increasingly computer-intensive workplace environment. But today, thanks to a set of wholly unrelated computer advances, left handed keyboards, like so many office ergonomic accessories, have become a matter of safety.

In years past, inconvenience and even minor discomfort experienced at one's keyboard was hardly a pressing safety concern. After all, with so many small physical breaks from typing--to talk to someone on the other side of the office, to Xerox and deliver a document--minor aches and pains had little chance to build into something more. But in an age of email, IMs, PDFs, and more, our day-to-day diversity of physical motion has become close to zero.

Left Handed Keyboards for Lefties in Their Right Minds

In this context, the old adage about left-handed people being in their right minds has never been more important. Because when lefties are expected to use their less-developed right hands to type for several consecutive hours on right-sided keypads and arrow keys, the ergonomic risks they face become exponentially greater than those their right-handed colleagues face. Fortunately, smart lefties can use these left handed keyboards to rectify this inequity in elegant fashion.

If you are left-handed and are one of millions of workers spending longer and longer hours at your computer, you owe it to yourself to consider this innovative solution. Once you make the switch, your only surprise may be that you have not done so sooner. This is not, after all, an area where you want to be left behind.


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