It's important to be comfortable in a place where you spend a lot of your time. This Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has even more comfort features to make your day-to-day tasks that much easier.
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Microsoft 4000 Keyboard
Posted by: reppy from: Maine on
Microsoft to save 10 cents in manufacturing costs, opted for one super-wide spacebar using only one switch.
When pressing the spacebar anywhere other than near the center, the side torque exerted on the swich results in binding, requiring excessive force to the point of nearly having to "smack" it. to activate the switch.
If MS used two split space keys with their own individual switches, that would have resolved the problem.
In all other respects, i found this to be a great keyboard for the price.. Unfortunately, a binding spacebar renders the keyboard all but useless.
Until such time as MS redesigns the space bar, I'd avoid this keyboard.
In all fainess, perhaps I just got a "lemon", but that aside, the design of the spacebar is problematic and a common complaint with this keyboard as I can now confirm.
If MS would just redesign the spacebar as noted, then in my opinion, it would warrant a full 5 stars. As it is now, you would be better advised to find something else.
27 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MedTranscript from: York, PA on
I read all the reviews before I purchased this keyboard because I am picky since I type full time. I read reviews that the space bar is noisy and that seemed to be the one common negative about this keyboard. I thought I could deal with a noisy keyboard so I bought it. What I found with the space bar however is that because it is so large and the way it is positioned it doesn't always go down when you hit it and it seems to get hung up on one side or the other. This I cannot deal with. I suppose if I didn't type full time and used the keyboard casually I could just deal with the space bar getting hung up but because I need speed and accuracy this keyboard is not working for me. It is a real shame because it is the only flaw I have noticed. The shape of the keyboard is very comfortable, even for long periods of typing but I am constantly having to re-hit the space bar and make corrections because of it. If they would just correct this flaw to make the space bar a single motion rather than a teeter-totter motion the keyboard would be much, much better.
27 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Relieves stress from wrists & hands while typing
Posted by: Goldielochs from: Little Rock, AR on
I have carpal tunnel in both wrists and osteoarthritis. I was introduced to this type of keyboard at work and was very skeptical at first - did not expect there would be any noticeable difference. After adjusting to the keyboard style and removing the Front Tilt Plate, I could not believe how much stress on my hands and wrists was relieved. The hand rest is soft & wide which allows the wrist, palm & thumb area to be in a relaxed position while typing. With such a huge stress difference I decided to purchase one for my home computer. The keys do not make any type of noise however the space bar does if tapped on the right side. Not that bothersome considering the comfort. I would highly recommend this product.
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Not As Good
Posted by: ProfessorInCA from: on
I have been using this style of Microsoft keyboard for many years. Suddenly they no longer make it in a wireless format. Now I can no longer move my keyboard back while conferencing with students since I am now tethered by a cord. The quality of the product has gone down too. The keys are now much louder and the letters have come off of half of the keys after only two weeks! My last keyboard lasted me about five years and all of the keys are still readable. Good thing I don't need to know what letter each key is!
I really wish someone else made a good ergonomic keyboard. I am very dissatisfied with this one!
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
I think people need to use this before reviewing
Posted by: SKippymyman from: Hot Springs, Arkansas on
This is one of my favorite of many of the keyboards that I use. Given, this keyboard takes a long time to get used too, but if you are willing to devote the time to learn this then the experience will be very rewarding. One of the only complaints that i have is the spacebar. If you type a lot then this will be amazing for you as the right thumb gives a very hard plump making the spacebar sink. However, if you game a lot then this can be a trouble area as it can be a tad too heavy for the left thumb to hit a lot. For normal typing though, this keyboard is unsurpassed. This keyboard is very wide so if you have small desk space then you need to be aware of this. If you put on any of the height settings, then the keyboard can tend to set high. If you do not have any of the risers on then the keyboard sits surprisingly flat. The b takes a while to get used too as it is on the left side and you are probably used to hitting this button with your right hand. This is impossible to do because of the way that they keyboard sits. You will find yourself being able to last a lot longer typing though and this is one of the best modern keyboards on the market now. The model m still owns everything though, except in the comfort division :-P, this is where this keyboard really shines. So my thoughts are, if you are having pain buy this. If you are trying to learn to touch type, buy this NOW!!!!!!!! If you want a decent keyboard at a decent price with lots of add on buttons, then buy this. Definitely my top pick for price.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Leaves much to be desired
Posted by: brstilson from: Grand Rapids, MI on
I bought this keyboard a few years ago and it's been my main one all this time. I bought it because of the height platform it came with that raises the wrists up to a very ergonomically comfortable level. Unfortunately, this also makes the keyboard take up a huge footprint and will not fit on the keyboard drawer in a lot of desks. Thus, I've taken it off and don't use it.
The keyboard is a standard Win95 format which includes several media buttons for extra functionality. I personally am not a big fan of them except in the case of audio controls, which do not function since I use iTunes instead of Windows Media Player.
Value for Price
There are far better keyboards out there for the price you'll pay for this one. The ergonomic shape, however, is great if you're really concerned about ergonomics and wrist injuries.
Works "out of the box" in Windows of course. Haven't tried it on a Mac. It is only compatible with Windows Media Player. It will not control iTunes. Anyone with an iPod will find the audio controls useless.
The ergonomics and shape of the keyboard are, like I mentioned, very well designed for the human hand. I write quite a bit and do not experience any wrist fatigue. However, that's about the only good I can say about it.
My first grip is the audio controls. Only Volume Up/Down and Play/Pause are present. No next track or previous track buttons. Come on Microsoft! I use the Next and previous track buttons way more than the Play/Pause button, but since it doesn't work with iTunes anyway that makes it a moot point.
The other problem I have with the design is that its extremely LOUD. It reminds me of those old clickety-clackety keyboards from the 80's. Plus, the space bar's curved shape makes it difficult to press down. I have to slam it hard with my thumb every time. If it were a standard keyboard with no curved shape and platform it would be a carpal tunnel machine without a doubt. My wife's computer is in the same room and she can barely stand it when I'm typing because it's so loud and annoying.
Ease of Use
Hey, it's a keyboard. You type on it and words appear on the screen. It's not rocket science. All the keys are in the right place and the only issue would be if you've never typed on an ergonomic keyboard before. I regularly switch from a standard keyboard at work to this one and I never even notice. So in short it may take some getting used to, but it's not that bad.
Overall this keyboard is NOT worth the money. Next time I'm probably going to go with Logitech or some other brand that has full audio controls and doesn't sound like a train going over tracks when I type on it.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Not for me....
Posted by: JuanitaBanana from: Atlanta on
I bought this keyboard a few weeks ago and I will be returning it to the store. I have RA and Osteoarthritis in my hands and I was thinking this would help.My hand size ia average for a woman as well. I type with all my fingers. The way it is designed, my fingers were all over the place and made my condition worse.I tried it half of a day and put it back in its box.My fingers hurt all night after that.The spaces between keys were too far apart.Maybe is a good design for someone that does not have arthritis in his/hands, but it absolutely did not work for me.
14 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Best Keyboard for the money.
Posted by: Sony13 from: Virgnia on
After using my keyboard for a few weeks and being a school student i would say it is perfect for writing papers and just surfing the internet. The hand position is spot on and does indeed feel very natural to type on.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Just one thing wrong
Posted by: Reece68 from: Denver, CO on
This keyboard is great, if the paint on the keys didn't rub off. I've had this keyboard for about 4 years now and I keep it because it's very comfortable to type on. But the paint rubbed off the keys after about a year. For the occasions when I'm not typing by memory, not having the letters painted on the keys sucks. And when my son is on the computer, we have to switch out keyboard becaue he hasn't learned how to type yet. I won't buy this product again which makes me sad, because it's really a cool keyboard.
18 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Keyboard sticks, design flaw
Posted by: Feygon from: Portland, OR on
I got it home and took it out of the box, plugged it in, and pressed the spacebar. It stuck. I can turn the keyboard upside down and it comes unstuck, so obviously it's poor design in the spring bar.
Checked google -- common problem. Why is this garbage on the shelves?