I have had a mixed relationship with keyboards during the course of my injury. I’ve been through a few different types – standard, angled, extended, non-extended, split etc. All have their own positive and negative sides. Even the so called ‘ergonomic’ angled ones.
One prime factor I found that helps is the pressure it takes to hit an individual key stroke. Some of the most ergonomic ‘angled’ keyboards, which enable a user’s wrists to be held in a neutral position, have keys that need a lot of downward pressure to operate. I personally find this painful on the finger joints and the back of the hand. By comparison, some of the cheapest non-ergonomic keyboards available these days (costing approx £5 GBP!) have very slight feedback pressure, and can be operated without much downward pressure. This far outweighs some of the advantages of many of the ergonomic keyboards I have encountered, and something that manufacturers should take into account during the design process. It may be best for them to offer keyboard models with different tactile responses for different users.
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