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Microsoft - Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2788 reviews

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really great keyboard

    Posted
    papabear
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    I bought this for my son who is in college and also a gamer, because he is on his laptop all the time and with the keyboard design I thought it might help him so his hands and wrists might not ache as much. He was sceptical about it at first and immediately after he started using it he was really happy with it and thought it was the greatest thing. Since he began using it he has not complained about his hands or wrists which has enabled him to be able to concentrate and helps him type faster and not keep stopping because of aches and pain, and a plus with him was his gaming has improved because most of the buttons he uses are all on the one side of the keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Keyboard to Rule Them All

    Posted
    alephnaut

    I tried several different keyboards (both Natural and rectangular QWERTY) before settling on this one. It is, hands down, the best keyboard that I have ever used. As a computer programmer I spend long stints at the keyboard. With rectangular QWERTY keyboards, those without the split in the middle, my wrists would start to feel strained within a few hours. It finally dawned on me that regular keyboards force your wrists into a very unnatural position when your fingers are on the home keys. The switch from rectangular keyboards to Natural keyboards eliminated wrist strain. I can type for 12 hours on this thing and not feel any strain at all. Switching to this particular Natural keyboard resulted in much faster, more accurate typing with much less noise. I think this keyboard helps you type faster because each key press requires less force than any other keyboard I've ever used. Worth every penny. I just bought a second one for home use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard!

    Posted
    BigBrandt
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    I've been using this keyboard for many years now. I love that the key layout, while curved, is still standard. The home, end, pgup, pgdn, etc keys are where they should be. While these are great keyboards, they don't stay looking like new forever. As such, I tend to buy a new one (or two) when they are on sale. This purchase was added to my inventory, and I finally pulled another new one to replace the one I was using at the time. As a touch typist, the most frequently used keys tend to get a bit worn over time. The functionality of the keyboard is not effected, but aesthetically, it is nice to replace them from time to time. My old keyboard that I replaced has been stored in the box from the new one, and will stay in storage as a backup in case I actually do break one these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft - Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Blac

    Posted
    PrivacyGuy
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    I've used this keyboard for at least 5 years and it has been exceptional. As with some of the other reviewers, I started suffering from carpal tunnel with a regular keyboard and mouse - this keyboard, in conjunction with a Logitech rollerball mouse, have completely eliminated any CT issues. In addition, I've had no problem with fading of the letters on the keys or issues with the space bar - I work at my desk and use the keyboard 8 - 10 hours a day and as mentioned above, for over 5 years. If I have one criticism, it's that it is a wired vs. wireless keyboard. It isn't really a problem and the connecting wire is long enough to use on an adjustable standup desk, but wireless would be nice. I'm very happy with the keyboard and have recommended it to a number of friends and business associates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Ergonomic Keyboard for the Price

    Posted
    BARTCommuter
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    Why spend $80 plus for a good ergonomic keyboard? The Microsoft Ergonomic Natural Keyboard 4000 is an excellent keyboard for a good price. This is actually the second one I have purchased. It is being used by my wife for her computer. She uses her hands extensively at work and needs an ergonomic keyboard. She likes that she is able to position the keyboard properly by removing the palm riser and raising the rear legs. The first keyboard was purchased many years ago and I still use it on my computer. It is sturdy and has never given me a problem. And it has prevented, at least for me, wrist injuries such as carpal tunnel. I recommend this product for its price, durability, and ability to prevent wrist injury.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth a purchase

    Posted
    Rumpelstilskin
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    Use this keyboard at the office for work, so when I was setting up my home office I wanted to buy another for there. Product has changed slightly over time (since I bought the last one a few years ago), which is why I'm knocking 1 star off. Some of the various quick buttons have had the physical keys themselves altered, and if you're a touch typist (not looking at the keys) it's hard to find them when you're typing quickly, and that's annoying. Otherwise, you can pretty much plug-and-play this thing right out of the box, even without installing the keyboard-specific drivers for additional hot button functions. This item is worth buying if you spend lots of time typing and need to give your fingers/palms/wrists a break, and especially if you have larger hands that don't really fit on those chicklet sized keyboard many laptops have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great product not as durable as it used to be

    Posted
    Stolsenberg
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    We selected the Microsoft keyboard mostly because of the company reputation for making office products. This was a replacement for a 10 year old keyboard whose keys had become so worn the letters were no longer visible. The keyboard is great except for one problem, after 2 weeks of use, the letters are already wearing off. This is really surprising since I would have expected a Microsoft keyboard to be designed for heavy office use. This keyboard was purchased for transcription and editing. While the keys are rarely looked at while typing, The shortcuts and hotkeys often require glancing at the keys and the absence of a visual reference can be dissorienting. This is very dissapointing. I hate to think that Microsoft products are no longer being made to last. Perhaps we will try Logitech the next time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you write a lot you need this keyboard

    Posted
    PCKing
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    An ergonomic keyboard is not for everyone. There is a learning curve that spans several days until your fingers and wrists learn the new keying position. Once you you are comfortable with it typing becomes more like playing the piano. It is fast. The raised padded wrist rest gives you a completely natural hand position. Your hands are aligned with your forearms. I pair my 4000 with a Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball. The Keyboard takes up more real estate on the desktop. The Trackball takes less. It evens out. And the additional buttons on the M570 move almost all cursor movement to the trackball. You wind up with less hand motion than you would between the KB and a mouse. If you keyboard a lot, take a serious look at a 4000. If you are using Widows 7 and above take a look at the Microsoft Sculpt. The ergonomic features are the same, but it takes up less real estate. And it is beautiful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for ergonomic typing

    Posted
    blahsi
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    I've had slight problems with my wrists for years, and have been looking for a keyboard that is easier on them when typing. This keyboard fits the bill pretty well. It does take some acclimating to the key placement, but it doesn't take a long time. I haven't found a use for some of the keys on the top row yet, but I do like having the calculator, volume, and mute buttons within reach. It does come with a base for the front so you rest your wrists on the keyboard. I didn't like that, but I have a colleague who won't type without it. I highly recommend if you're looking for a keyboard to meet ergonomic needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Keyboard

    Posted
    CasadiV

    This is the first split (natural) keyboard I have used and am extremely satisfied. Being a former "typist" on a typewriter, I wasn't extactly sure how I would like the hand placement on the home row and actual keyboarding. It took about a week or two to get used to it, but I now wonder how I've lived without it this long. Since I am at the computer almost eight hours a day, I felt the beginnings of carpel tunnel syndrome with my old keyboard. After using my new Microsoft Natural keyboard, the pain has almost completely diminished. In fact, I find it difficult to return the a regular keyboard at home and will be purchasing another in the near future. They are a little pricey, but definitely worth the investment; watch for sales. I initially had a stiff space bar, but that seemed to work itself out in the first week. No problems now, and not enough to lower my rating. I highly recommend this keyboard to everyone who uses a computer all day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but......

    Posted
    RedScorpion
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    This is my third "Natural" keyboard from Microsoft. I've switched to Logitech mice, but Microsoft has me on their keyboard layout and design. However, I had to return my initial Natural 4000 keyboard because the "n" key stuck. I went online and found out that this is apparently a common problem. However, I exchanged the keyboard and the "N" key on the new keyboard works fine. Also, this is the third design from Microsoft, but there are only minor changes from previous models and they are a mixed bag at best. A few changes are good (zoom toggle, padded wrist pad), but a few changes left me scratching my head (the absence of a sleep button, the space bar, the elevated stand). I have some longevity concerns. I've read about the print disappearing from the keys and the space bar is louder than I would like. All the same, I still like this style of keyboard and prefer it for long typing sessions. Hope that helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great ergonomic keyboard

    Posted
    Bill
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    My wife and I are both academics and writing for publication is a big part of our lives. I am fine with the laptop keyboard, but my wife had trouble with carpal tunnel syndrome and the ergonomic keyboard is a must. This is our second keyboard from Microsoft in the last ten years. The only reason we bought a new one was that she had worn the letters from the keys and it was a keyboard with no letters still visible. She is a much better typist than I, so it did not bother her, but I was at a loss when I had to help with technical issues on her computer with out labels on the keys. All in all, this keyboard is a workhorse that will meet those with ergonomic and heavy typing needs. Interestingly, we switched from PCs to Macs about five years ago and it worked well with both.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oh my

    Posted
    dannymike

    I purchased a Microsoft Ergonomic Combo 7000, and found it to be a true marvel of comfort. The keyboard was fantastic, but I thought the mouse sucked. When the keyboard died, I went online to get another 7000. What I had bought on sale for $75.00, Now cost around $300.00. I read a review in which another buyer had an identical problem. They purchased the Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard. They indicated that the 4000 had the same look and feel as the 7000 keyboard. They were right. I have the same feeling about the look and feel of this keyboard. I cannot state too strongly how comfortable the 4000 keyboard is too use. If you have never used an ergonomic keyboard, treat yourself to this keyboard. The keyboard is wired, wihich too me is no concern, I don't move my keyboard around much. I use a wireless mouse. Nothing fancy. A price that is a fraction of price for a 7000 seals the deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    JoeSD
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    For those consumers that do not mind wires and prefer not to bother with batteries always needing to be replaced - this product is truly great. Design is great, especially for anyone with hand/wrist issues. After couple years letters on the keys completely rubbed off, went on using it until got tired of blank keys and this was a reason for replacement, other than that this keyboard was in heavy daily use in the office for over 4 years and still works great. I'd suggest placing some protective clear stickers over the keys, if you want to preserve the letters. For me it was easier to replace the whole thing, the cost of the keyboard is low enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good and sturdy, but "6" in the wrong place

    Posted
    BamaMom
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    Was looking for a wired keyboard, since my extra USB port broke and had to replace the one that needed a dongle.This one is truly ergonomic and sturdy. Keys function pretty well -- neither too sensitive nor too hard to push. Lots of extra keys you can program, if you'd like. I do like having the volume and mute buttons on the keyboard. My only complaint is that, like most ergonomic keyboards, the number "6" key is on the wrong side. All typing instructors teach that the 6 is reached with the right hand, not the left. The left hits 4 and 5; the right hits 6 and 7. It's a relatively small peeve -- unless you type a lot of things with the number 6! I realize they do it for the sake of symmetry, but it's clearly a case of form over function. Yes, I would recommend this to a friend, but only begrudgingly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Horrible spacebar design

    Posted
    3spooky5me
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    I wanted to love this keyboard. A lot of the people I work with use this keyboard, or an older model of it. However, the spacebar is way too difficult to press down for normal typing. The only way I could press the spacebar was to use both of my thumbs at the same time or by pressing dead center on the spacebar, pressing either side of it would cause it to either not depress or, in a couple of cases, get stuck entirely. I did a search online and this is a very common issue with this keyboard with a lot of creative fixes, but in the end I'm not spending money to have to fix a new keyboard myself, so back to Best Buy it goes. Maybe the Sculpt one will work better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed Keyboard

    Posted
    Adamantius
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    The supposedly ergonomic design is poorly executed in this keyboard, which has a gap down the middle making typing (for anyone that does not do hunt and peck typing at least) inconvenient at best. I often find myself hitting the wrong key or no key at all due to the gap in the middle. Even ignoring this design flaw there are other issues, such as locking of certain keys not functioning properly. On more then one occassion I found the Cap Lock key or another Key randomly turned on without my doing so and having a great deal of difficulty in turning it off since the key was locked and of course hitting it to turn it off, as with the cap lock, proved futile and only resulted in the frustrating on screen message that reminded me this key was disabled. I should have gone with my first choice of a Logitech Keyboard. I would never recommend this keyboard to anyone else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't get used to it

    Posted
    macster99
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    I love the idea of this keyboard. The feel and depth of the key depression is top-notch. That is the good part. If you have used split keyboards like this in the past and like them, I highly recommend this product. Build-quality is great. However, After using it for a week, making mistake after mistake, and trying my darnedest to keep my hands aligned perfectly, I just could not get used to this keyboard. While my mistakes were many, and I eventually got somewhat used to most of the key placements, I simply could not adjust to where the "M" and "N" keys were. I was constantly hitting just to the right of the key I wanted to hit. I wanted to love this keyboard, and really, there is nothing wrong with it. I just could never get comfortable with the key placement as hard as I tried to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, not perfect

    Posted
    Viabledata
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    Overall I really like this keyboard. Very comfortable to type with over long periods. Not perfect though. For as many features this keyboard has, it does not have a sleep button like many keyboards do, and the numlock turns off every time you shut down or restart the computer so you have to hit the numlock every time you turn on the computer if you use the side keypad regularly. It might just be me, but the inserts that you rest your wrists on do not dissipate heat well and your wrists/palms get warm quickly if you are typing for a while and starts feeling like the keyboard is radiating heat. You also have to download an extra program with Windows 10 to be able to reprogram the hot keys, which does not include sleep function as a programmable key.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great deal on ergonomic keyboard

    Posted
    sumobaby
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    I type 8-10 hours a day for weeks at a time — writing documents, webpages, and software and so ergonomics are essential. I've also spent $80-100 each on wireless ergonomic keyboards; both from Microsoft and Logitech in the past few years. The wireless keyboards would work for a while (~1 year) and then malfunction which I attribute to wireless issues and dependence on battery voltages. I believe the wired connection from Microsoft will prove more stable but at least saves money if not. This allows me to keep a decent natural 0° angle on my wrists, though my long arms require me to sit away from the keyboard. Eventually I want to try out a fully split and/or ball angled keyboard. I don't like or use the negative angle attachment; mainly because I use my desk with my knees forward. I like using the front feet, but I'm told it's bad, so I will try it without.

    I would recommend this to a friend