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    The Best Ergonomic Keyboard

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    • Registered: 08-Mar-2008
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    What is the best ergonomic keyboard that money can buy? A lot of people here seem to like the Kinesis Advantage Pro (http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/advantage_pro.htm) or Maltron (cannot find good link) and they look excellent to me, but I've never used anything but a regular keyboard and one of those basic curvy ergonomic keyboards (like this one http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouse … x?pid=043).

    Which ergonomic keyboard do you think is the best?

    (IIRC this hasn't been discussed here before but my apologies if it has.)

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    It has been discussed before, and is very much down to personal style. I think the three things it most comes down to for me is:

    * Grid (uniform or staggered). The normal staggered grid makes little sense for the left hand. This is a big decision, since you won't be able to easily type on a normal keyboard if you go with straight grid.
    * Extra keys. The Kinesis has lots of thumb keys which is fantastic. The TypeMatrix uses the space in the middle of the keyboard which is almost as good.
    * Key quality. I daresay most people here would agree that mechanical is the way to go if you can.

    I like the Kinesis Advantage and the TypeMatrix, but they're not perfect. I've ordered a Truly Ergonomic keyboard and have promised a mini-review once it is delivered.

    For conventional, staggered keyboards, most would recommend keyboards like the Unicomp, Das Keyboard or an old IBM.

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    My way is to get a good mechanical keyboard with the conventional layout. Then I fix the first points tomlu points out:
    - I use a AngleWideErgo mod that I feel solve the grid stagger issues for the left hand as well as the unfortunate distance to the right edge of the keyboard for the right hand.
    - On Windows at least, I use the PKL Extend mode to get all the extra keys I can think of and then some. Looking into similar solutions for other OS.

    Fortunately, it's easy to move the key caps of IBM and Unicomp boards around.

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    Looking for an ergonomic keyboard.. i know this post is quite old, but is there someting new someone can recommend?

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    Check out the Hardware channel of the Colemak Discord server! There's a lively community of hardware enthusiasts. Be prepared to be tempted to spend money though. ;-)

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