If you follow our blog, you know that there are many different ergonomic keyboards on the market. This does not make your search for the ideal keyboard any easier. R-Go Tools gives you tips: what should you look for when choosing a suitable keyboard?
Note these 4 points
1. Reach distance
In addition to a keyboard, do you frequently use a mouse, and do you operate it with your right hand? If so, it is wise to choose a compact keyboard (possibly with a separate numeric keypad). Without a fixed numeric keypad, the mouse can be positioned so that it becomes an extension of the forearm, which will relieve the shoulders.
2. Muscle tension
Strain is often caused by constant tension in the forearm muscles and the tendons in the hands and wrists. This muscle tension can be reduced significantly by supporting the forearms and wrists. Ensure that the keyboard is as flat as possible.
The shape of the keyboard determines if you can type with straight wrists (not bent). Because each person’s body shape is unique, there is no single, ideal angle for the keyboard. If you choose a fully split keyboard, you can adjust the angle to suit your requirements.
4. Personal Advice
Make sure you are correctly and honestly advised. This is particularly important if you already suffer from RSI complaints. It is important to get (independent) advice about a suitable keyboard, for example, by means of a workplace survey.
Test it yourself!
If you want to be certain about your choice of keyboard then request a trial placement and test it out yourself. Test the keyboard for at least 1 week and make sure that the rest of your workplace is ergonomically designed and set up.
Get yourself well-informed
Before purchasing an ergonomic keyboard, make sure you are properly informed and download our whitepaper below. In the white paper you will find everything you need to know to make a well-founded choice.