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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Tuesday October 19, 2004
10:06 AM

ergonomic keyboards.

[ #21414 ]

I really want to test drive a Kinesis Ergo. I hear (mostly) rave reviews, but I don't want to buy a $250 input device, just to find that I can't use it.

I've been using a Belkin split-key keyboard. It feels good, and I've gotten used to it, except for its horrid enter key. It has the big L-shaped enter, which puts the backslash in a stupid place. The legs are on the near side of the keyboard, to putting them down raises the near end, which is a better position.

I just raided the IT room and found two other options. The MS Natural keyboard has a better enter key, but feels squishier. Also, its legs are at the rear, and it has a (*gasp!*) cross-shaped set of arrow keys. WTF?! Also, it doesn't feature the Belkin's lovely split spacebar.

There's also a wireless Logitech keyboard. Wireless is a plus, and it has a nice-sized enter key. The keys have a better feel than the MS keyboard, but its legs are in the wrong place.

I think I'm going to ask Kinesis if there's a way to test drive their devices here on the east coast. I want to stop thinking about my input device and just use it.

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  • I love it I love it I love it I love it!</voice type="molly shannon">

    I can't say enough good things about the contour professional [kinesis-ergo.com]. The contour classic is also a great keyboard (It was my last keyboard), but I wouldn't buy the essential. Keyborad programmability is too important to me. Remapping escape to a thumb key and puttting shift on the foot pedal are probably the two things that have saved me the most wrist-ache.

    -- Douglas Hunter
  • Be sure to go Dvorak though. I've been using it for about 18 months, and that makes far more difference than the actual hardware.
  • ...if you lived in Pittsburgh. I have three: one (Classic) for work, one USB (Advantage) for the Powerbook and one PS/2 (Classic) for a linux machine I rarely boot up anymore.

    I could not do my job without this keyboard, and I've written about it [cwinters.com] multiple times (probably the best here [cwinters.com]).