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Microsoft Arc Keyboard

Microsoft Arc Keyboard is Microsoft’s sleekest, compact ergonomic keyboard.

Design

The Microsoft Arc Keyboard is a compact curvy keyboard designed to put your wrists in a more natural position so that typing can be easy and quicker. Its sleek design makes it one of the better-looking keyboards on the market to date.

Keyboard and Keypad

This small but curvy keyboard, which is ergonomically designed for your wrists to be in a more natural position. This is a wireless keyboard with a transceiver that plugs into the USB port.

The keyboard’s keys are spaced in a way that they do not compete for space. The Microsoft Arc Keyboard has function keys that are programmable but you don’t need any special software to do that, simply plugging the transceiver ensures that you have all the drivers you need and reassigning key functions can be easily done with the IntelliType Pro Software.

Microsoft has compensated for the size by condensing the arrow keys into one button, placed beneath the shift key. It is responsive enough and after while, you won’t even miss the ones that have been taken away. The volume control keys and some of the keys you would normally find at the top of the keypad have been shifted up to make more space for the keypad.

Pros and Cons

It is small and lightweight, easy to carry around. The ergonomic design makes typing more comfortable.

But it is a little costly. The Microsoft Arc Keyboard is not something you would buy if you needed a keyboard that is functional. It looks good and works just as well as most other keyboards.

Verdict

The Microsoft Arc Keyboard is a bit expensive but it is good-looking keyboard which is comfortable enough and functional too.

OrbiTouch Keyless Keyboard

A specialized keyboard, OrbiTouch Keyless keyboard has opened up the possibilities to keyboard layouts without letters, numbers, keys etc.

Design

Most ergonomic keyboards have big keys and some even have keys that you would expect to find in certain places suddenly moved to awkward places, which affects your typing speed. The OrbiTouch Keyless keyboard and mouse is certainly one of the revolutionary products to take the world of ergonomic keyboards by storm with an unprecedented keyless design.

Keyboard and Keypad

Two domes constitute the keypad of OrbiTouch Keyless keyboard. Users are intended to rest their hands on these domes, and make movements of up to 7 millimeters in 8 different directions. These movements do not require a large range of motion and are fairly easy to make once you get a grip of it. Dome movements result in keystroking and mousing. It’s simple though and won’t take you a long time.

Pros and Cons

The OrbiTouch Keyless keyboard has all ingredients to eliminate the standard flat keyboard and provide assistance to those suffering from disabilities, deformities, RSI and the like. The design of this keyboard is aimed at reducing finger movements and motion of the wrists.

It is quite costly at about $400 and will perhaps appeal only to a select class of audience who are ready to shell out big bucks for an ergonomic product of this kind. Learning to operate this is not intuitive in any rate, and takes longer than usual.

Verdict

If you find discomfort in using standard keyboards and do not mind spending money to get relief, OrbiTouch Keyless keyboard is a godsend for you.

Keyboard-Related Musculoskeletal Injury

According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal, a typical computer user’s hands travel 16 miles a day working at a standard keyboard. The striking force expended to hit the average of 115,200 keys daily is equivalent to lifting 1-1/4 tons with the finger tips alone! Musculoskeletal discomfort and fatigue cause a steady decline in worker productivity throughout the day, and the long term effects of keyboard work can be painful and debilitating.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U. S. Department of Labor reported 626,000 U. S. workers lost work in 1997 because of musculoskeletal disorders commonly referred to as repetitive stress injuries. 1997 is the most recent year for which data is available. The statistics measure only those cases serious enough to require time off for recuperation, and they cover all categories of musculoskeletal injury, not just keyboard-related injury. (more…)