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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2167 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Leaves much to be desired

    Posted
    brstilson

    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. Compatibility 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. Design 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 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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

    Posted
    tmaca

    Other than the ergonomic shape and key layout, this keyboard offers absolutely no notable features as compared to many much less expensive keyboards. I feel that it is overpriced by $20 to $30 except, sometimes, when it is on sale, and that Microsoft is, as usual, merely taking advantage of the Microsoft name in addition, in this case, to the terms "natural" and "ergonomic", in order to charge a non-value-based price. The "plug and playability" is convenient, as the keyboard will function adequately, at least on a Windows based system, without even installing the accompanying software. I would, however, recommend installing the software in order to achieve full functionality. There are, however two major physical defects. First, the letters and symbols on the keys are decals and they wear quickly. As this is the only decent keyboard my local store has for under $90 or so, I have now had 3 of them, and in each case I start losing key labels within less than 3 weeks, with the letter "E" the first to go and the "A" following closely behind. Second, there is something about the physical layout of the keys that causes me to hit Cap Lock, instead of Shift, all too often. This creates a lot of extra work when, as usually happens, I do not notice the problem until after a couple paragraphs or so of typing, especially in applications where I cannot do a simple mass change of case as can be done in Word. While I have this problem occasionally with other keyboards, both "regular" and "ergonomic", it is a once in a while thing. With this keyboard, it is a constant continuing problem. It also happens, with a lesser frequency but still more so than on any other keyboard, with the Control key, which REALLY messes up whatever it is I am doing at the time and often causes loss of whatever I had been inputting. This keyboard is in serious need of much more durable key labeling as well as either a physical layout redesign or a function allowing one to easily and quickly disable/enable the Cap Lock and Control keys, short of popping them off the keyboard.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best ergo yet

    Posted
    Savage223
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    This is the best most ergonomically correct Microsoft keyboard I've used to date. With the addition of macro and shortcut keys and controls, it sports some added convenience as well. These work good as set up- for things like zooming and web page navigation, or can be customized by the user to execute short macros. The latter is a huge benefit for those performing highly repetitive tasks- and these sorts of things are exactly what is to be avoided for the health of any user, so it also falls right in line with the purpose of an economic device. (E.g., repetitive stress injury.) I have chosen to leave the base attached, which properly positions the wrists at a forward and downward angle, but can be removed for those who may appreciate a less aggressive approach to ergonomics, and less apparent and impactful difference between normal keyboards and these types. I would say this, however: while I highly recommend these to people who know how to type the right way (not "hunt and peck") an ergonomic makes it more difficult to do work if you have to actually look at the keys to find your characters- because of its high stance. Removing the base or typing at the correct keyboard-to-user height may alleviate this issue significantly. While it does take some time to get used to, a professional or power user may actually see an increase in their WPM rate (characters per minute... I am an old guy who learned on a typewriter so.. lol) The only concern I have is for the longevity of the wrist pad. This type of material, in my experience, does wear and deteriorate over time. But I expect, even with this, to get no less than 5 years of daily work out of this keyboard. The pads may be replaceable, and they may be more durable than I expect, for sure. This is really just a stretch almost looking for a problem for the sake of that... but so that you know it will be less durable in this area.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I think people need to use this before reviewing

    Posted
    SKippymyman

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the very best

    Posted
    Oldschoolmojo

    I'm going to write a review of the 4000 and the 7000, because they are basically the same keyboard only the latter is wireless. Pro's: This is one of the best keyboards you can buy. Typically once you go split-key you will never go back. I've been waiting for the laptop industry to figure that out for years... The cushioned wrist-pads are a MS original and help stave off carpal tunnel. To quote a character in the Matrix movies: "It's like wiping your a** with silk". Con's: The cord! You'll have to shell out $150 for the 7000 if you want to go cordless, which of course you do. Beyond the 7000's price, the chunky 7000 mouse may be absolutely the worst mouse ever made--- feels like holding a softball and is always tipping over from its own lack of balance. Why can't we buy the wireless 7000 sans mouse? Another con is the typical mushy feeling of the microsoft keyboard. Although to be fair, the 4000/7000 have the best key-feel MS has ever produced, even approaching the famed Logitech feel (Logitech has always kicked Microsoft's tail on the feel of the keys). You will typically have a LOT less typos with a Logitech and a MUCH faster WPM speed. Except this is the 4000/7000 keyboard we are talking about... a huge upgrade for Microsoft's key-feel. It's too bad that MS went wireless with the 7000 without incorporating Blue Tooth. A wireless keyboard/mouse combo is just that. A Blue Tooth keyboard (like certain Logitech models) transforms your computer in wonderful ways. You can send pics and syncronize data from a Blue Tooth phone/device, you can use cordless Blue Tooth headphones up to 60 feet away and other perks. Eventually Microsoft will figure out that having an on-board LCD screen is inevitable. Perhaps they'll even be the first to incorporate a color-screen using their patented keyboard scroll-wheel to zip between icons. That will be the day that we clean our screens of all icons once and for all. Someday after this we may even seen programmable LCD keypads. That will be the age when we finally have moved the hardware interface into the next millenium. Because of their indifference, for now Microsoft is about 8 years behind the technology curve of what is possible and necessary for keyboards. Other than that, for the price the 4000 is one of the best keyboards ever made. Definitely an upgrade over nearly any keyboard you can ever use. Try it and then BUY IT-- you will not be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Fast Typists/Transcriptionists

    Posted
    SpeedyGonzalez
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    I was never a fan of Microsoft keyboards, having used them for work 30-some years ago. For the past 15 or so years I've been rather attached to my Logitech Wave keyboard. I type so much that I was going through one every other year. Then it became one a year and now every few months I'm having to replace it as it becomes so hard to type on. I recently decided to give Microsoft a try after reading up on their ergonomic keyboards and currently have no less than 6 keyboards in my home office. Gave the Sculpt a try, but I just couldn't deal with the separate numeric keypad and the horrible mouse. I've also kept a wired Fellowes as a backup, but I just can't get used to that one. Last weekend I purchased two more Microsoft keyboards: the 5050 and this model, the 4000 (which is the cheapest of all the keyboards I own and lucky for me it was on sale!) After giving them a try, I was pleasantly surprised to find the cheapest keyboard my favorite. This model was the easiest for me to get used to and I've already programmed the 5 *favorite* buttons up top to take me to exactly where I want to go. I'd love a wireless version of this keyboard, but the wire is not a deal breaker for me. I didn't give this keyboard 5 stars as it remains to be seen how long this one will last me. I do like that it comes with an attachment that raises the part of the keyboard closest to one's body. I haven't used it regularly, but imagine I will at the first sign of wrist strain. I like the softer wrist rest--much nicer than the old hard plastic ones, but still wouldn't mind a little more cushion. I'd also prefer a larger delete button as in the work I do, I'm using it to delete pages and pages of text at a time and I miss my old Logitech Wave delete button. Still, Microsoft has come a long way in its development of keyboards over the years and I'm really hoping this one lasts me more than a year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard that relieves forearm stress

    Posted
    yincision
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    I was developing epicondylitis due to repetitive stress injury from my previous keyboard. Along with a few other changes I bought and started using this Microsoft ergonomic keyboard. It looks like a beast on my desk, and has a pretty big footprint. (For perspective, the photo shows the keyboard in front of my Apple 30" Cinema Display monitor.) But the keyboard certainly helped relieve my forearm stress and the tendinitis is almost healed. PROS: *Great* price! (way cheaper and better quality than most keyboards) Super comfortable to type on Nice extra buttons and media keys Solid quality build CONS: Not backlit Space bar is a little tough to press compared to other keys (perhaps because it is not split and goes all the way across the bend) If you are having repetitive stress injury then seriously consider this keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Never take it away!

    Posted
    ElleJae17
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    I was doing a lot of data entry a few years ago, on a standard keyboard. By the end of the day, my hands were hurting, my wrists were swollen. I was having to wear wrist guard(s) or athletic tape to keep my wrist in a semi stable position. I just couldn't deal with it anymore and looked in to an ergonomic keyboard. I had a little previous experience with a wave keyboard, so I was a little familiar with the layout - but I had no familiarity with a split keyboard. I opted for the Natural 4000 because it seemed to liked overall. At first, the design is a little overwhelming and there is definitely a learning curve to a split keyboard. Be patient! I generally type 50 - 55 wpm on a standard keyboard and that dramatically dropped when I switched to the 4000. I had to look at my hands and the keys for a few weeks, but once your hands get use to the layout and placement, it's a breeze. In fact, my wpm has increased to 55 - 60. I still have to look down every so often because I may need to find a function key or character key. This keyboard saved my hands and wrists! I get zero pain and my wrists have yet to swell up again. I recommend it to anyone who does data entry and gets pain in their hands or wrist. I will never go back to a standard keyboard on a desktop again. I hate even using the keyboard on my laptop because it feels awkward and uncomfortable. The only downside to this keyboard is... it's wired. But that is definitely not a deal breaker for me. And through the years, the letters have started to wear away slightly, but since the layout comes natural to me now, it doesn't bother me any. I've had this keyboard for at least 2 or 3 years and it works just the same as it did on day 1!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    EK4k…space ship or keyboard?

    Posted
    Inkfox

    I use the Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, or as I call it the EK4k, eight hours a day five days a week in my office and I have to say that it is a very good keyboard compared to the prior Logitech keyboard I was using. The design of the keyboard is well done. It has the feel of a ergonomic keyboard but it doesn’t look as bad with the big gaping space between the keys that really made the keyboard look large and clunky. This is my main keyboard that gets used the most out of all the keyboard I ever use on a daily bases and I have to admit that I don’t hurt as much in the arms, fingers and wrists than what I do with a standard keyboard. Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, sounds cooler than it is, also has some customizable quick keys that runs across the top; 1,2,3,4 and 5. These you can set for anything you run on your computer application wise. The EK4k also has some basic hot keys for volume, mail, search, internet and a calculator, sweet. The cool, yet frustrating, thing about the EK4k is the “Flock” button. This button turns your function keys (aka F1, F2…) into hot keys that can be used for Mail and other applications. This would be cool if I didn’t remember all the hotkeys but it does make things a bit quicker for those who use there gray matter for more important things. The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has a very long name but works well as keyboard. The customizable “generic” keys and the Flock keys make the keyboard shine above the rest. The space bar did bind a bit when I first got the keyboard but after lots of use it has stopped doing it. The space bar binding want a big deal but it was just enough to bring the rating down from a perfect five. For those of you looking for a nice ergonomic keyboard the EK4k is a really good buy and defiantly gets a recommendation from me. 4 out of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    Posted
    Russ

    This is my second Microsoft ergonomic keyboard. I've had the first one for years until it gave out this week. I would not consider my self to be a keyboard guru, but spend enough time to be discriminating, and my old one got replaced with one the same model. Other than the finish on the keys, the two boards look and feel identical. I rate the board as follows: COMFORT - the best!!, DURABILITY - I've had the first one for so long, I don't remember how many years old it is. Just about every part of my computer has been replaced while this board has stayed, So unless this new board wears out or the paint wears off in the near future durability remains excellent, I'm going to politely have to disagree with those who claim the quality has gone down. ERGONOMICS - I don't find the keys any louder than any other keyboard I've used, and quieter than many. I've not ever had a sticking problem - not even on that oversized space bar. VALUE - I could have spent four plus times more money for a keyboard, and not been any happier. The only complaint that I could possibly have is that other (non-ergonomic) boards are slow for me, and my error rate goes up drastically when I have to use them. This keyboard felt natural from the first time I used it! Love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    comfortable but....

    Posted
    MedTranscript

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good ergo keyboard

    Posted
    Rohan
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    Much better than standard keyboards, if you use your computer for work. We're academics so we are on the keyboard writing, ergonomic design is very important. We have two home offices, mine is a Perixx ergnomic keyboard, I bought my wife this Microsoft keyboard, they are comparable. I've had driver problems in the past with the Perixx, the Microsoft product is better supported (which is a bit surprising to me, I'm not generally a big fan of Microsoft tech and customer support). The ergonomic aspect of the Microsoft keyboard is a little superior in that it is elevated and angled in pitch, not just spread and angled for proper horizontal hand position. In other words, the Perixx is ergonomic in two dimensions, but this Microsoft keyboard is ergonomic in three dimensions. The Perixx is heavier and thus more stable on a clean smooth work desk, the Microsoft keyboard is very light which is not much of an issue unless you have cats. We have cats, and one of them likes to mess with the keyboard. Since the Perixx is heavier and flatter, the cats are limited to walking across or laying on that keyboard, but there's added mischief possible with the Microsoft keyboard as it is light enough to push around, and apparently from a feline perspective it is amusing to see the keyboard dangling off of the desk hanging and swinging by the cord.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Key spaces are to close causing multiple keys hit

    Posted
    2arrows
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    I've always had to use keyboards with a split down the middle due to my large hands and after my old one finally failed after 17 years of use I had to buy a new one. Finding one with the ergonomic split down the middle turned out to be much more difficult than it was 17 years ago and this one turned out the only one offered in store and seemed fine on initial inspection. Trouble comes when typing however due to the narrow gap between the keys and short angle set up on the edges which for those with large hands/fingers causes constant extra keys to be typed as pushing one key often brings one or more of the keys next to it along with the key you want. The shape and angle of the frame is great but does not make up for the time wasted backspacing and retyping due to extra keystrokes. The function keys have their F1 through F12 printing on the side and the alternate functions printed on top of the keys which make it time consuming for those who rarely use them to determine which key they need to hit since you have to duck down or lean back to see the print. Overall if you have thin fingers and are extremely familiar with all the extra key's location and uses this may work great for you but for casual users who need it for larger hands/fingers it's likely to frustrate you a lot until you figure out a work around that works best for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Truly ergonomic, a bit large, it IS wired

    Posted
    BR8Y7
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    I bought this wired keyboard for a desktop PC connected to a TV monitor. The USB wire is approx 8 ft long. Unlike others, this keyboard is truly ergonomic because there is a pronounced "wave" shape, which allows you to keep your wrists at more comfortable angles (thumbs higher than your pinkies). Other "ergonomic" keyboards have the keyboard split and shifted at an angle, but the keyboard itself is flat. The only wireless keyboards that were as wavy as this are over $100; out of my price range. Note: I do not sit at a desk with this keyboard, I sit in an armchair with this keyboard on my lap or one of the armrests. ALL of my work involves typing, so I need to be comfortable. The keys and the amount of pressure needed feel good. The space bar clicks a bit loudly, though, so it might be annoying for your office mates (!) Pros: 1) great value for the price 2) truly ergonomic; the most comfortable keyboard I have used. 3) simple, professional layout. It does NOT look like a gamer's keyboard. Cons: 1) it IS wired. I do not require any mobility, and do not plan on using this keyboard with more than one computer, so this is NOT an issue, but a fact to consider. 2) the keys are spaced a bit too far apart for me, but I have small hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft 4000 Keyboard

    Posted
    reppy

    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. Bob

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard lives up to the hype

    Posted
    electroman0076
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    I bought this keyboard in a hope to alleviate some of the writs, elbow and neck strain I had after long days at the keyboard. This keyboard is a well known legend in the computing world as the most comfortable affordable keyboard on the market for hours of everyday use and I agree! One thing to consider however is that you may need a while to get used to it as I did. Perhaps use it for a weekend or two at home before attempting to use it professionally during the week. To me and many others it feels strange at first and in the past I hard returned one once I hated it so much as the position you're hands are in will feel a bit alien if you have never used a keyboard like this. After many years I could not take it anymore and the pain forced me to change I have been a touch typist for almost 20 years and as I said I tried this keyboard before yet this time I was going to make it work and I found myself looking down occasionaly in the first couple of days but in a matter of weeks the new slightly altered keystrokes became second nature. If you are someone who suffers from pains due to typing I highly recommend this keyboard! If you are someone who does not have this problem presently but work behind a keyboard most of the time I would also recommend you take the plunge now and get used to using a ergonomic keyboard like this it will pay off in the long run and might prevent future health issues or RSI from typing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very comfortable for long typing sessions.

    Posted
    mfTECH
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    As a professional transcriptionist, I type anywhere from 8-12 hours a day depending on the work load. I've tried multiple keyboards in the past, but this is by far the most comfortable. The one con I do have is that the design takes time getting used to. The first week I used it, there was a noticeable drop in my typing speed. It's mostly around the keys where there is the curve, because I would constantly be one key off, just from muscle memory where those keys are shifted slightly. Within a week though, I got the hang of it, and now I'm back to typing every bit as fast, if not faster. Plus, I am a lot more productive because I don't have the same wrist pain as before, and don't have to take breaks as frequently. Probably not great for gaming but if you type for an hour or more a day, I'd say it's well worth picking this up. The design is way better than other ergonomic keyboards that cost 4 times as much, plus it's not as bulky which is great for people who may not have a huge keyboard try on their desk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard for work

    Posted
    NoRest4wkd
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    Working from a home office, I prefer to connect my laptop to an external monitor and keyboard rather than hunching over my laptop all day. I've used a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard for years, but sold my last one (a PS2 model) when I unloaded an old PC at a garage sale. I figured it was time to upgrade and after considerable research, decided on the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard - both because of the good reviews and due to the fact it was on sale for a very reasonable price at Best Buy. Even at regular price, it's only $35 dollars, and well worth it. The curve makes it very comfortable and easy to use, and the wrist rest is padded enough that even after hours of use, I can keep going without any discomfort. There are a lot of extra feature keys, but the ones I probably use most are multimedia keys to play music, adjust volume and mute. Overall this is a sturdy keyboard with good tactile response and plenty of features. The one thing I miss from a previous version is built-in USB ports, but for the price, it's not a big deal - especially since USB hubs are pretty inexpensive these days. I definitely recommend this keyboard for business use. (If you're a serious gamer - get a mechanical keyboard.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate Keyboard but Beware of Coffee

    Posted
    PhDGamer

    I worked with an older Logitech ergo keyboard for years and loved it. Got this to replace my iMac keyboard because of ulnar neuropathy. Much prefer the feel of the Apple keys, but what can you do. Ergo choices are very limited. The scroll wheel and all the extra buttons really didn't add much functionality, but that was irrelevant because I bought it for the improved hand position and on that front it was effective. I used it exclusively despite the cheap feel and noisy, slow, higher effort keys because it was easier on my hands and wrists. It was, I thought, a decent purchase. Right up until it met *about a teaspoon* of coffee one morning -- barely a dribble. That was all she wrote. The keys in the area where the spill occurred just stopped working. Unplugging it and letting it dry out did not help a bit. The MS website has no warranty info online for it either. It looks difficult to disassemble and despite web reports that most keyboards can be washed, this one has never recovered from that either. Immersion completely killed the rest of the keys. I'm back to using the Apple keyboard and wearing a brace and gel gloves. Someone needs to make a robust, quality ergo keyboard for the Mac.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good ergo keyboard for the money

    Posted
    Erik
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    I've used these for years, like since they first came out with the progenitor model back in 1995. These are real workhorses and I haven't had problems with them until I ultimately spill something on them at which point they expire (package says it's water resistant and maybe if you fall asleep and faceplant into the kbd it will fend off the drool, but direct application of tea, coffee, or other beverage will kill it). The split keyboard angles keep wrist / forearm RSI at bay. The wrist rests are comfortable and the distance to the keys doesn't cramp my long bony spiderlike fingers. Throw out the cheesy plastic piece they give you angle the keyboard up. Makes my wrists sore after a short period of time, so I haven't figured out what that's about. Only beef is after 22 years there's still an F-Lock you have to hit to get normal Fn key function and not Office shortcuts. There's a relatively easy hack you can apply to Windows so it comes up in normal mode, but jeez, 22 years. You'd think that would have gone out with the PS/2 connector (it has a USB).

    I would recommend this to a friend