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Mini Keyboards

Written by Josh Dodes
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Mini keyboards can help alleviate a particularly pernicious ergonomic problem in the modern workplace. That problem is the confluence of longer continuous stretches at the keyboard and increasingly miniscule cubicles. The shrinking size of millions of workers' desktops, in particular, has given rise to a unique type of keyboard conundrum.

In addition to being inconvenient, the incredible shrinking desktops of the modern workplace create the challenge of finding a comfortable place for the mouse. As savvy workers are already aware, positioning the mouse properly can represent the difference between comfortable pointing-and-clicking and long-term ergonomic injury. But what if you have no room? Thankfully, by reducing the sizes of computer keyboards, without reducing the already-small size of the keys themselves, top manufacturers of office ergonomic accessories have given that room--and your ergonomic health--back to you.

Mini Keyboards and Repetitive Stress

As I have mentioned, mini keyboards are more important than ever for another reason, as well. In a workplace suffused by the incomparable "conveniences" of IMs and PDFs, most workers can today work productively for hours on end without ever taking a break. That means that workers who were unwittingly saving themselves from repetitive stress injuries by taking necessary physical breaks no longer have that luxury.

Preventing serious injury is easier than you may think, and accessories such as mini keyboards can help dramatically. I encourage you to take your long-term workplace safety seriously, and to consider your full range of new options. Not to do so is to place yourself at the mercy of unnecessary physical risks.


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