“Truly Ergonomic” Keyboard Review

With a name like “Truly Ergonomic,” this keyboard won’t win any awards for modesty. Neither is it likely to win “Fastest product to market,” with initial production delayed so long that it almost became a byword for vaporware. But this extravagantly-named keyboard just might win an award for, well, ergonomics….

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard in my preferred operating position with the palm rest removed.

A small keyboard with a big layout

In general, computer keyboards are way too wide for proper ergonomic mouse placement. This fact is reflected in the narrow width of most serious ergonomic designs, including the Goldtouch and Freestyle. None, however, has squeezed down the layout with this degree of elegance. Much thought, research, and testing went into the Truly Ergonomic layout, and it shows. The most important keys are not only easy to reach, they’re also more intelligently placed – and in some cases larger – than those on a standard keyboard.

In a move reminiscent of the Typematrix, five frequently-used “edge” keys are shifted to the middle of the board. These keys are Enter, Backspace, Tab, Delete, and the Windows Logo key (called the “Superkey” here as it does different things on Mac and Linux). This center column arrangement makes these important keys easier to find – and easier to press using the strong thumbs and forefingers.

The Truly Ergonomic layout incorporates a number of significant and interesting key changes.

The Shift keys have also been moved to superior spots. On the right side, Shift now occupies the space vacated by Enter and the Apostrophe key. On the left, Shift replaces Caps Lock, which has been moved to a minor station near the Function row.

Looking at the Truly Ergonomic design, it’s easy to see the input of developers. Most alternate keyboard layouts consign the cursor controls – Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, and the arrows – to Siberia, and most users neither notice nor care. Developers, however, recognize the importance of these keys for text editing efficiency, and the Truly Ergonomic keyboard finally gives them their due. The cursor controls are arranged in two groups, shaped like plus signs and given places of honor right next to the spacebar on each side.

What about the adjustment period?

Here’s a valuable tip, should you decide to try the Truly Ergonomic keyboard: Plan a couple of days for adjustment when you are neither on a deadline nor just starting to get a headache – because in either case, it’s likely to push you over the edge. I found the TE adjustment period very similar to the Kinesis Advantage, only more so. My biggest challenges are demonstrated by the following list of repeated mistakes:

  • Missing question mark. (It went west, to where you’d normally expect Tab.)
  • Ctrl for Shift and vice versa, with both hands, ad nauseam, ad infuriatam, ad bang-head-on-keyboardam.
  • Backspace instead of B, producing a void.
  • Shift instead of Apostrophe, producing nothing.
  • Right hand positioned one notch to the left of the home keys, producing a royal mess.

These mistakes diminished with time – but so did my ability to type competently on conventional keyboards. If this proves true in your case, you may find yourself toting the TE wherever you go. Fortunately, that option is made practical by its small size.

Some hardware options

The TE DIP switches are easily toggled with a small screwdriver.

On the back of the Truly Ergonomic keyboard, you will find an array of five DIP switches. These are used to tweak certain functionality at the hardware level, and to switch operating system-specific settings. They do different things depending on whether you’ve got the basic 207 model, or the 209 international model (also recommended for Apple users). Here’s a quick summary:

  1. For Asian layouts, on the 209 model only. On the 207, this toggles the middle Delete key with a neutral code that you can remap at the OS level.
  2. Changes OS mode from Windows/Linux to Mac.
  3. Switches the left side of the spacebar to a neutral code that can be remapped at the OS level. You could use this to put Backspace under your left thumb, like the Kinesis Advantage.
  4. Makes the top-left key into an additional Tab for the 207 – great for Alt-Tab, which is a challenge on the default layout. Also used for Asian layouts on the 209.
  5. Locks firmware programming.

Wait a minute, firmware programming? Yup. You won’t find this promoted in the Truly Ergonomic advertising, but it turns out that the firmware is programmable. Before you keyboard hackers get too excited, though, this requires special software that doesn’t even exist yet. It is supposed to be under development, and I hope it materializes. Being able to remap the keys at the hardware level would be a dream come true for many enthusiasts.

A gold-plated typing experience

Every now and then on this blog, I pause to sing an aria on the glories of mechanical key switches. Easy action, tactile feedback, partial keypresses – pure typing joy. (The irony here is that I don’t use a mechanical keyboard myself in everyday work, because Kinesis doesn’t make such a version of the Freestyle. Sniff.)

Anyway, Truly Ergonomic has good reason to brag about their gold-plated Cherry MX key switches. In the hands of a competent typist, this keyboard absolutely sings. Mechanical switches also have great longevity, and should last through more typing than you’re likely to do during the rest of your life.

Down with crooked columns and straight rows

The typewriter was invented around the time of the American Civil War. Since then, much has changed about what happens when you press a key on your keyboard. Very little has changed, however, about that keyboard itself. The key rows are still straight across – not curved to match your fingers – and the columns are out of alignment with each other. This arrangement was created to accommodate mechanical arms, and it persists because a change would mean readjustment for billions of users.

The curved key rows match the natural shape of your hand better than standard straight rows.

Check out the picture of the left, which shows how the key rows of the TE match my fingers with natural precision. Now compare your own hand to the keyboard in front of you. Those straight rows clearly weren’t designed with human fingers in mind. The curved arrangement may take a bit of getting used to, but it is much more comfortable once you do.

Grid layout – keys in straight columns – is a less tangible benefit, and is actually annoying at first because the keys aren’t where you expect to find them. Some people believe that the grid arrangement makes typing easier in the long term. I haven’t experienced this myself, but objectively, the grid arrangement just seems to make a lot more sense.

Kinda padded, removable palm rest

As a rule, I don’t use palm rests. This rule was made, not by me, but by a committee of the middle and forefingers on my right hand. Some time ago, they voted unanimously to start tingling like mad anytime I might exhibit a tendency to rest my palm on something while typing. People with less independently-minded fingers, however, may enjoy using the TE palm rest.

I said “kinda” padded above because this palm rest is not the squishy pillow you might be imagining. It doesn’t really even feel like foam or gel at all, but rather some sort of plastic-coated material that has roughly as much “give” as a well-inflated bike tire. Still, it feels comfortable enough to me, and at least it is not offensively scratchy like I find some Kinesis palm rests to be.

In contrast to the plastic tabs of some other designs, the Truly Ergonomic holds its palm rest like it means to keep it. No less than nine – count ’em, nine – stout screws must be undone for the keyboard and palm rest to part company. While this actually presented a small inconvenience for me, I consider it a high-quality touch, and a great benefit for those who plan to carry the TE in a laptop bag.

Finally, a Function key that makes sense

Like most keyboards, the TE dual-purposes its function keys as media controllers and auxiliaries. Unlike most keyboards, however, it does this in a way that is intuitive and can actually be done with just one hand. The Freestyle and even the Goldtouch insist on putting the Fn key way down in a corner, virtually requiring two hands in order to use it. The Truly Ergonomic locates this modifier key in the middle, just below the top key row, where most combinations can be one-handed, provided you have a reasonable reach. So simple, yet such a difference.

Not tenting tonight

The most obvious difference between the TE and other ergonomic keyboards is the absence of a “tent” shape. How can the keyboard be “truly ergonomic” if it’s palm-down-dead-flat? According to the manufacturer:

“[The Truly Ergonomic keyboard] has no tenting because it is not required. Tenting is not the cause of CTS/RSI [sic]; ulnar deviation is a cause (if accompanied with finger repetitive motion). No-tenting (flat) does not trigger any additional pain.” (Email from the company, 10/19/12.)

I can think of several leading ergonomic manufacturers who might have a differing view on that statement – for example, Microsoft, Kinesis, Keyovation, and Safetype. This debate about wrist pronation and RSI is for learned ergonomists, which I am not. I can only say from personal experience that I need the tent feature on my Kinesis Freestyle – without it, my thumbs hurt. Like everything in ergonomics, it boils down to what works for you.

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard profile view

While there is no tent, tilt, or adjustable splay on the TE, its key caps are angled to make typing easier.

Slight, fixed splay

The TE lacks any facility for adjusting the slight angle between the two hands, a useful feature found on both the Goldtouch and the Kinesis Freestyle. You’re stuck with the factory default, which is set to a compromise position for non-touch-typists. It will probably work for you, but if it doesn’t, your only recourse is the money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

While I don’t agree with the self-superlatives used in TE marketing – (“The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is properly designed, and therefore different from other keyboards…”) – I do believe there is much to be said for this design. It combines a small footprint, an innovative layout, and mechanical keys into a high-quality package with a detachable palm rest. At $229 as of this writing, it is not the least expensive keyboard on the market – but it’s not the most expensive either, beating the Kinesis Advantage by a handy $40 on retail. Best of all, there is a 60-day return policy, so the Truly Ergonomic keyboard is at least truly guaranteed.

Disclosure: This review was made with a temporary review sample from Truly Ergonomic, which I returned to the company afterwards.

 

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30 Comments

  1. Phil Stracchino
    Posted March 1, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I, like many others, eagerly awaited the TECK and pre-ordered it. When it finally arrived, I was MOSTLY pretty happy with it. I considered TE’s decision to swap the SHIFT and CTRL keys ill-advised, and got on much better once I swapped them back, although it required a firmware update to make the swap effective at boot time.

    But …. There’s always a BUT, isn’t there?

    I was disappointed how *flat* the TECK is. I find a raised-center dome shape (NOT side-by-side opposing dishes) to be a very important factor in comfort, to avoid forearm pronation. I still consider the long-dead-and-lamented Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro to be the most comfortable keyboard I have ever used. However, there are INCREDIBLY few domed (or approximately domed) keyboards out there, many of them are misconceived, and most of them (including the Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000) are utter crap in terms of manufacturing quality. I couldn’t fault the construction of the TECK, but would have liked it better if it (a) it was raised in the center and (b) it had about a five degrees wider split angle.

    But the thing that (sadly) really killed the TECK for me was that only a few months after getting it, it developed a severe key-bounce problem which rendered it completely unusable. How can you type a password on a keyboard that frequently randomly doubles or triples key-presses? I had to plug in a second keyboard just to type passwords on.

    Truly Ergonomic was utterly unresponsive to this problem, completely ignoring my every attempt to get a resolution for the problem. Eventually, I gave up, lamented the waste of $200, and threw the useless keyboard away.

    • Jason
      Posted March 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      Phil, I would suggest you try reaching out to Truly Ergonomic one last time. I have reason to believe that they are becoming more responsive and might actually do something to make things right.

  2. Byron
    Posted September 17, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I purchased a Truly Ergonomic keyboard in April, 2015 and used it for a month. No complaints about the quality of the product but the key placement didn’t work for me, even after remapping the most problematic keys. So I started the process of returning it. It was difficult, to say the least. As of today, I do have my money back but… If you choose to do business with Truly Ergonomic, please consider that their web site doesn’t provide any contact details other than their web form (which they can ignore) — no email, no address, no phone. If you do happen to locate their phone number (look them up in the Vancouver BBB on-line directory), you go immediately to an answering machine and won’t have your call returned.

    After threatening legal action via their web form, I finally got an email back with excuses (same ones that Paul cites in an earlier post) and directions for returning the keyboard. I returned it, but then waited for a refund. Follow-up emails were again ignored until I (again) threatened legal action.

    My recommendation is to avoid the company unless you have had prior experience with the keyboard and know that it will work for you. Even then, I don’t know what to do with the reports of faulty switches that some people have complained about. Probably just avoid it entirely.

    • moshev
      Posted January 22, 2016 at 4:49 am | Permalink

      Similar to my experience. I used to be very happy with my TECK, but after about a year and three months, it has started to miss letters and produce double letters. I tried cleaning the affected keyswitches with warm water and leaving it to dry for two days, tried with alcohol, and nothing seems to fix the problem. Additionally, Truly Ergonomic don’t seem to read their e-mail at all, all my correspondence to their customer support has been ignored.

      I really love the ability to edit the layout in firmware and the physical form-factor is absolutely perfect, but quality can be a crapshoot with this company it seems. Which is a shame, as they are the only ones making a keyboard with this shape.

      • Jason
        Posted January 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

        There is actually one with a fairly similar shape, in production now. Much nicer and less-secretive manufacturer.

  3. Paul
    Posted June 4, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Since many people will find this site when searching for info about the TEK keyboard, I feel it is important to add this note:
    The Truly Ergonomic keyboard is a nice keyboard. But their customer service is so bad, I would advise anyone against buying one. For example, they routinely lie about sending RMA numbers for returns. I requested an RMA, 3 weeks later I still did not have one. I called Visa, and they refunded my money and told me to ship back w/o an RMA. When I sent TEK an email about this, they all of a sudden sent me an RMA, claiming that my request had mistakenly wound up in the “already processed” pile. Reading another list (Geekhack.org), I learned that they routinely use this exact same excuse.

    TL;DR: Its a nice keyboard. Once you get it you will be completely on your own, and should expect absolutely nothing from customer service, because that is what you will get. Don’t get fooled by the 60-day money back guarantee, that is [worthless – ed].

    • Jason
      Posted June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Your story is pretty typical of what I’ve heard from TECK buyers: Great keyboard, not so great company. A new guy at TE did reach out to me a few weeks ago, so I’m waiting to see if perhaps they’re turning over a new leaf. But when a company feels it necessary to have a paragraph in their FAQ denouncing the BBB, I think something is seriously wrong with their customer service.

      • Paul
        Posted June 8, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink

        Yeah, it is really too bad, because it is a nice keyboard. For me, I need something that can be tented, because of some RSI problems. This only became very apparent after I started using the TEK.
        I am really curious what is up with them. They obviously spent a huge amount of time and energy designing and manufacturing this keyboard. And then to sully that effort with such horrendous support is just sad.

  4. Campbell
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    At the time when I decided to spring for the TECH, I was in pain, and even after days of rest, I could only type for a short while before being absolutely unable to continue. The frustration was incredible. I’m not even some genius typist or anything, I max out at about 60wpm on a really good hair day

    I have now used my TECH207 for almost a year, and I think I am ready to “review” this board now.

    Cons I encountered:

    – After VAT, Customs, and $80 shipping, this board cost a ridiculous amount of money.
    – The layout took ages to become comfortable with.
    – Issues with double-keys and keys not being recognized (completely fixed in firmware now)
    – Email support was non-existent
    – The wrist-rest ‘self-tappers’ strip the plastic holes *really* easy.
    – I’ve become unable to type on normal people’s keyboards.

    Having said all of that:

    I would pay again and again, until I had a TECH in my sweaty grubby hands. I am now able to type from my first coffee until I nod off in my chair, without stopping once, as many days in a row as I like, relentlessly, with absolutely no pain, not a whisper.

    The layout would have taken less time if I had not tried to learn colemak at the same time. I gave up on that endeavour – my pain was never the fault of qwerty, but that of the physical keyboard layout itself.

    I now type with two fingers on normal (staggered layout) boards. This is partially because I don’t remember how to touch type on a normal board, and partially because when I bend my hands to fit all my fingers, I can almost instantly feel the places where the pain comes from, being stressed. so who wants to remember how to do that?

    After realising that the wrist-rest is essential, I just superglued the thing on there. Should never have removed it.

    And who [ed] needs email support for a keyboard (once the firmware is updated of course)?

    I will NEVER surrender my TECH. I will weaponize this bad boy, and you will know first hand how solid that steel backplate is. You can have it if you can pry it from my cold dead hands, and you can’t: it’s coming with me.

    • Jason
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Wow, that’s quite an endorsement. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience here. TECK is a good keyboard all right. My main problem with it is that of supply. We were briefly a reseller through their distributor, and took a couple of orders – but couldn’t fulfill them because the company was non-shipping and non-responsive. I imagine they’re doing their best in this regard, but their best is inadequate to the degree where we had to quit reselling. I believe their US distributor resigned the line as well, for the same reason. Sad that the company can’t keep up supply and service with such a great product.

  5. Birgit
    Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Do you think this keyboard would work in combination with a rollermouse red? I just started using the mouse and are now able to work again in that regard, but the keyboard issue is still something I need to address, sooner rather than later to be able to work without pain again.

    At first I thought it would be a problem as QUERTZ user to work with this keyboard, but I do have an idea how to solve this. As a programmer I wanted to switch to QUERTY anyway, the only issue left is the diacritics used in German. When looking at the US international layout I noticed that the accented A U and O are placed on the same key as their non accented counterparts and this is what I would like to see with the diacritics instead. Since I do not see an option to change only the alternate versions of a key in the custom layouting tool I might have to use a SW based key remapper for this, but that would probably still work for me.

    • Jason
      Posted November 22, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      I don’t understand the German diacritic issues very well, but as far as the physical shape, I think the TECK would work excellently with the RollerMouse Re:d. (Of course, you would probably need to remove the keyboard’s palm rest.)

      Personally, I think the Kinesis Freestyle is the ideal choice to work with the RollerMouse because of its middle separation between the halves.

  6. Lupo
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    ****DISCLOSURE: I am a Mac user. ****
    Do you prefer your Kinesis Freestyle over The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard (TTEK)? I am in the market for an ergonomic keyboard and have been doing quite a bit of research on the keyboards. Before coming across this keyboard, my choices narrowed down to the Goldtouch V2 and the Kinesis Freestyle. The tenting and splay appealed to me. You having been/ being a Kinesis user. How is the lack of splay and tenting in TTEK affect ergonomics? Do you prefer the tenting + splay? Or does the keyboard layout on the TTEK compensate for the lack of splay + tenting?

    • Jason
      Posted March 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      There actually is a bit of splay with the TECK, and I found it sufficient in that regard. The tenting, however, is another matter. Don’t take this as a rule because I have several peculiar problems, but for myself personally, I have to have tenting. A flat keyboard makes my thumbs hurt like fire. I can’t even use the Kinesis Freestyle without the V3 tent kit on its middle 10 degree setting. But like I said, your mileage may – and probably will – vary.

      • Kelvin
        Posted July 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        BUYER BEWARE:

        Even though they have a 60 day guarantee return policy, their returns staff is slow and will take weeks to respond. They will also try to get you to change the layout of your keyboard. This is a time consuming return process and the customer service is very slow. I am still sitting on mine and I am unable to get anyone to respond to me. I am now well past the return window. This was essentially a waste of $250.

        • Jason
          Posted July 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

          Sorry to hear of your trouble.

          IMHO, Truly Ergonomic needs to get a US distributor such as Prestige International to handle their product. Then dealers could be set up (we would probably be among them) and the product could be distributed more conventionally – and possibly with better customer service.

          • Peter
            Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

            I don’t think a US distributor will help. I’ve been dealing with issues on this keyboard for months — double key presses, key presses that do not result in any letters, things that just stop working (i.e. no period when in numpad mode, other times it works), etc.

            TECK’s email support is beyond timely as it takes a week or more to respond and it is clear they do not read emails carefully. I have flashed the firmware with the stock one 20 times — do they really think another time will make it magically work.

            I really want to like this keyboard — it is nice, but if it doesn’t type — its worthless.

            TECK has agreed to an RMA, but I’m now waiting days for them actually respond the RMA form request.

  7. Simon
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    On another note: Today, I’ve received the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and unfortunately, for me, not only the space bar is way too stiff but so are all the other keys – or at least they don’t have a good pressure point, compared to my Thinkpad keyboard. I’m therefore going to return it before my arms and hands start aching even more. (They mainly hurt when I flex my muscles in order to grab or push something continously. [Like Trackpoint])

    Now, before I regret ordering the Truly Ergonomic, too, could you tell me how “easy” its keys are? In case you’ve even got some experience with Thinkpad keyboards, it’d even greater if you could tell me how it compares to them. Or can you recommend another keyboard with keys that can be pressed effortlessly?

    • Jason
      Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      As far as key action goes, set your mind at ease. The TE uses mechanical switches, which puts it in a completely different world from the 4000 (a keyboard with remarkably bad action, even for a membrane model). It’s like comparing a Lamborghini and a Yugo.

      While typing isn’t quite “effortless” on the Truly Ergonomic, it is very easy due to its mechanical nature: you don’t have to press each key all the way to register a stroke. It’s going to be a completely different experience, however, than typing on a laptop of any kind. You really have to try it to understand it.

      • Simon
        Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

        Thank you for replying so quickly!

        > It’s going to be a completely different experience, however, than typing on a laptop of any kind. You really have to try it to understand it.

        Would you say that’s a purely subjective choice or are there any arguments in terms of ergonomics that speak in favor or against a flat laptop keyboard or a “full-height” keyboard like the TECK? Provided, of course, that both’s pressure points are as perfect as possible from a personal point of view, so only the actual key height plays a role here.

        • Jason
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 8:10 am | Permalink

          > are there any arguments in terms of ergonomics that speak in favor or against a flat laptop keyboard or a “full-height” keyboard like the TECK?

          Absolutely. A laptop key typically has a very short range of travel, and must be pushed all the way down to register, creating a micro-shock for your finger at the end of the stroke. A mechanical key has a very long range of travel, and need only be pushed partway to register. This means a smooth, airy feel – with no sudden stop at the end.

          BTW, on pressure points, not sure how you’ll feel about the TECK. The keys need to be hit from straight above for a smooth typing experience; coming in partly from the side won’t work.

  8. Simon
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Last night I was already about to order the TECK – when I realized that the right-hand side home row only consists of five keys. Yet, on the German keyboard layout (QWERTZ), there are at least two additional keys right to the L key. While on QWERTY those two are just for punctuation, on QWERTZ they are bound to Ö and Ä which you need to use quite a lot in German. At first, I thought I might solve this by also exchanging QWERTZ for a better layout like Neo2 (“Dvorak for Germans”) – if I already switch to an entirely different physical layout why shouldn’t I take a shot at that as well? – but on Neo2 the two keys are bound to even more important letters…

    Hence, the claim “Works with all Languages and all Layouts (except Asian Layouts)” isn’t exactly true because you need to find an entirely new place for Ä.

    I know – compared to standard keyboards, the TECK also moved several other buttons or at least positioned them in a slightly different way. That, in any case, already requires some getting used to. But I thought I’d let potential German users know that they would also need to think about where to put that umlaut.

    • Jason
      Posted March 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Very interesting. I’ve always been curious about non-English keyboard layouts, and I am sure German speakers will appreciate the heads-up on this.

  9. Jochen Szostek
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t hard, once used to this keyboard, to type on a “normal” keyboard? (as I’d want to buy one for home use, having none at work where I also spend a lot of time)

    Thanks

    • Jason
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      In a word, yes. It’s hard. Unless you’re one of those rare people who can maintain two parallel “presets” in your brain, you will probably want to either buy 2 units, or count on toting one back and forth to work.

  10. Gaye
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I love this keyboard. It looks weird and because of that I passed it over for some less expensive supposedly ergonomic keyboards – one fell apart after a couple of months, the palm rests broke, and the other one was a two-piece keyboard that made me crazy. I gave both of them to Goodwill because I couldn’t even sell them. As a last resort I tried this. It took me a month to get totally used to it to a point where I could do transcription and my neck/shoulder/back pain have disappeared. I wouldn’t trade this keyboard for anything.

    • Jason
      Posted December 12, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      Thanks for posting – I love success stories. (Wish you’d talked to me before donating the two-piece keyboard, though – I would have made you deal!)

  11. Litha
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    The picture of the keyboard in profile suggests that it has a positive tilt and palm rests that sit well below the top of the key caps. While the slope appears to be shallower than on most mechanical keyboards, it looks like it still encourages flexing the wrists. Was this your experience?

    • Jason
      Posted December 7, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      I didn’t notice any wrist-flexing tendencies with the keyboard. While there is a very slight positive tilt to the chassis, the individual key rows have a small negative tilt, so that may help to balance it out. As to the palm rest level, I only used that feature for a short period of time, but I thought the height was acceptable.

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    Jason, the All Things Ergo bloggerI'm Jason, a user of many ergonomic devices by necessity and choice. I'm also a partner in a business that operates a number of commercial enterprises, including All Things Ergo.

    I have no particular training or expertise in the area of ergonomics. My views are based on my own personal experience, and what works for me won't necessarily work for you.