Ergonomic keyboards exist in many shapes and sizes. What advantages and disadvantages do they have, and what is the most suitable solution for your client? This blog will examine one type of keyboard that you will probably encounter more often: the compact keyboard.
Compact keyboards are similar to standard keyboards. The main difference: they don’t have a numeric keypad. Some compact keyboards have an integrated numeric keypad and you can activate the numbers by means of the Num Lock key.
Pros and cons
If you often need to alternate between keyboard and (right-handed) mouse use when working, this compact version has a great ergonomic advantage over a standard keyboard. The reach distance, from the middle of your keyboard (the letter H) to the mouse, is much smaller. Your keyboard is narrower on the right-hand side. Your hand is positioned closer to your body and this relieves your right shoulder.
In addition, compact keyboards are often flatter than standard keyboards, so the hands do not need to tilt when typing. This natural wrist posture reduces strain on the tendons. And finally: they have virtually the same layout and key size as a standard keyboard. There is essentially no learning curve required with this option!
However, the compact keyboard does have one disadvantage: the palms of the hands must face downwards to operate the keys. The forearms are continuously twisted during typing, just as with a standard keyboard.
The perfect keyboard?
For many people, the compact keyboard is a great solution for preventing and / or reducing their RSI complaints. However, there are more options to choose from. For example, you could also choose a split or a vertical keyboard. Would you like to know more about these other options? Download our white paper about ergonomic keyboards and judge for yourself which option is best for your customer.