The objective of an ergonomic keyboard is to reduce over-rotation or stretching in the shoulders by centrally placing the keyboard in front of the user. The correct keyboard will allow the mouse to be cited close to the body, so for example, a compact keyboard is much better for a slimmer person. A split keyboard allows the wrist to be inline with the forearm, which is an anatomically better working position. Most ergonomic keyboards are programmable and feature short cut keys, which can be tailored to the user's needs.
A particularly good development is that of the seperate number & key pads, which allows the number pad to be cited on the left, keyboard central & mouse to the right, providing a symmetrical balance (alternate for left hand users). This helps to reduce stretch in the shoulders and elbows and reduces strain on the cervical discs. Light touch ergonomic keyboards are good for arthritic conditions as they reduce finger movement and pressure on the finger joints.
Features we like:
- Reduces work related upper limb disorders
- Prevents over-rotation and stretching
- Allows mouse to be cited closer to body
- Choice of programmable short cut keys to suit user
- Right and left handed solutions
- Options for arthritic users
- Optimises comfort & support from workstation set up