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Microsoft - Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2697 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

    Nice for correct posture

    Posted
    Mda1971
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    I bought this as I am suffering of carpal tunnel and the posture while typing and using the mouse is quite important. I used to have a keyboard with wrist rest, but it was starting not to be enough so I got this that can be used in 2 configurations: as a normal keyboard or elevated. I prefer this setup that is a bit awkward at the beginning, but more comfortable in the long run. The only point is that I was used to type the B with the right hand but this forces you to use the left (maybe to balance the number of keys between the two hands). If it were a single flow instead of separated (more like the Logitech Wave so to speak), it may have been better from that respect, but you get used to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not As Good

    Posted
    ProfessorInCA

    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!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Recomended

    Posted
    teddym90

    I've used several different keyboards in my life working in the software industry. I have carpel tunnel syndrome, and am always on the lookout for a good ergonomic keyboard. I've used two of these keyboards (first one didn't work right out of the box, and the second one's keys where terribly unresponsive). Below are my pros and cons from my experience w/ this keyboard: Pros: Programmable keys; palm rest; added keys near the number pad such as the '(' and ')' keys Cons: All characters are stickers and not painted directly on the keys; key strokes do not provide distinctive feedback; keys had a very smooth surface, which made it hard to find your place at times [i.e. the F & J indicators where not very apparent); very large in size

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Some of my users like this keyboard

    Posted
    ITBob
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    Some of my users like/need this keyboard to alleviate wrist pain. The ones that use it, like it and I think this is a keyboard that you either love or hate. I can't stand to use this keyboard. When it works, it works well, but they don't last forever and I have had some go bad in as few as one year and others last for almost 10 years. The 3 year warranty is nice and I have had probably 5 replaced under warranty. These are somewhat expensive at regular price (compared to a standard keyboard), but if you can get them on sale, they are reasonable. There are also many other ergonomic keyboards out there at much higher prices, so if you look at it that way this is a bargain even at full price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best ergo keyboards out there

    Posted
    Kromwe
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    I have used a MS Natural keyboard, all the way back to 1997 when they were first coming out. I just replaced my MS Natural 4000, which I have used for the last 14yrs, with a new MS Natural 4000. I was suffering from carpal tunnel bad back in the day, until I switched over to using this keyboard. It took me about 2wks to become proficient using it, but my WPM jumped, and my carpal tunnel improved dramatically. This is the only type of keyboard I have used for for the last 22yrs. That means each keyboard has lasted an average of 11yrs. Well worth the money!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best keyboard EVER!

    Posted
    sincerelyink
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    This is my favorite keyboard - and I have made converts to it, also. My husband had one on his computer and when it got damaged I had a spare straight keyboard, so threw that on his computer. Boy, did he complain! So off I went to Best Buy to purchase him another of these and he is once again a happy camper. He is NOT technologically advanced, and even he knows the delight of the easy touch ergo that this Microsoft Ergo brings to his computer skills. I love the touch and feel of this keyboard and the capability that it adds. But even better is the PRICE. These are the best keyboards that I have ever used - and even have one at my desk at work. Work and home, I cannot imagine a computer life without the Microsoft Ergo Keyboard!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just a few buttons short of perfect

    Posted
    fredfoot

    This was to be used as a susbtitute for a wireless keyboard when the batteries went dead. Instead, it has proven itself a solid replacement. The wrist rest is padded, not hard plastic. This little addition makes it comfortable for long hours in front of a computer. The Zoom key in the middle of the keyboard is a little marvel, allowing for a larger display of a webpage or spreadsheet. It has the usual array of buttons to access volume, web browser and mail as well as the ability to set quick links to various websites or applications. The only thing this keyboard is missing are 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons using a media player. Despite this omission, I have replaced my keyboard at work and one at home with this model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite keyboard ever!

    Posted
    Mebzar
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    I now have one of these at home and at the office. These are not the first that I have had either! I have had several surgeries on my right shoulder and elbow, the split keyboard allows my hands to rest more comfortably without creating strain. My ex husband bought me a Microsoft Natural Pro (think that was the name) back in the late 90's and I have been completely sold on the economical split keyboard design since then. The only thing I would improve on is that it does have a loud clacking sound when typing, I would love to see the same design that was a bit quieter and a softer touch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    your wrists will thank you.

    Posted
    flyguy
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    i've been having wrist problems and when i searched for an ergonomic options, I found this keyboard. It seemed to be cheaper than most other ergonomic keyboards. Some parts of the keyboard feel like they wont last very long, but we'll see! And it's otherwise well-constructed. I loved the fact that it comes with a detachable riser. I ended up not using it, but I'm glad I have that option if my desk configuration every changes. The keys feel great to type on and have sufficient clickiness to them. Only thing to watch out for is its size. Compared to some of the smaller, mechanical keyboards that are in vogue these days, this keyboard is humongous.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for people who need an ergonomic keyboard

    Posted
    kdawson
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    I bought my first MS Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 years ago, and it worked flawlessly until a month ago. It was a steal when I bought it on sale at $60~ back then, so I jumped on the chance to buy it again at $40 or so. It's just like my previous one: easy to set up, comfortable to type on, responsive keys... I work at an office job, and spend more of my off time on my PC than I'd like to admit, but my wrists hurt a lot less when I use an ergonomic keyboard for at least part of the day. I don't know how well the extra buttons work (like the volume control, and some other things I never bothered with), and it does take up a lot of real estate, so if you're looking for something smaller (or something the same size, but with more bells and whistles), this might not be for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great, just takes some getting used to.

    Posted
    RandallFlagg
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    So, I've tried a number of wireless keyboards and some lasted a while, others less than a week before they took flight. I saw this on sale at the store and I have wrist issues in both wrist. I like typing on keys that I can bang and these are pretty good for that. I'm not sure they are spring loaded or what, but they do have pretty good response and my hands seem to find the keys most of the time. I think the only reason I rate it a 4 is because I'm having to learn how to use the thing. After I figure it out, I'm sure I'll rate it a 4.5 or 5. If you are tired of wireless and those flat laptop type keyboards aren't cutting it, this is a good one to try, especially if you get it on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only Keyboard for Me

    Posted
    BlackCatOne
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    This is my 3rd MS keyboard 4000. It is the only thing I use. I spend a lot of time on my 3 computers (I am and IT professional). I use to have problems with my thumbs due to the excessive time I spend programming. These keyboards really work - the angle forces your wrists up and alleviates the pressure. After exclusively using them for about 7 years now - one thumb is normal and soreness mostly out of the other. I highly recommend these keyboards - they work and if you are having joint issues due to excessive computer work - they will slow down/stop the damage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard that hates spilled liquids

    Posted
    BSIBRIAN
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    I went to this "ergonomic" keyboard several years ago when my hands and forearms began to protest the endless hours of working on standard keyboards. I have not experienced any similar fatigue since making the changeover. I love this keyboard. I also love sipping coffee while I work. It used to be this keyboard could take a few spills and keep on going but a few years back something changed. Now it seems I can count on replacing the keyboard if anything gets spilled on it no matter how quickly I react or the extensiveness of my mitigation. The good news is that the price on this item has fallen considerably and I don't get nearly as annoyed when I spill that coffee and need to buy a new keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wonderfully designed

    Posted
    japrimmer
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    This keyboard seems like an extreme switch from the standard layout but I was able to take to it no problem. If you've never used a split design before this is a drastic step in that direction as the wave in the middle is larger than most others of this style. However, it has only made my experience with this keyboard better. I went to this style because I was having wrist pain and that vanished immediately. So far the only down sides I would say are that it is not the most gamer friendly design on the market and the space bar is LOUD. I feel like I am going to wake up the house sometimes (I have not actually bothered anyone so maybe it's just loud to me), it is NOT stiff or difficult to press, just has a loud click with it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Keys are not the easiest to type on

    Posted
    texasgreeneyes
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    I got this particular keyboard because it was the only ergonomic keyboard Best Buy had in stock at the time. I guess it's ok once you get used to the raised portion which the Logitech does not have. My main complaint about this keyboard is that I almost have to "pound" the keys to get them to print. Sometimes it feels like they stick and I have to press them again. The touch is NOT soft - I feel like I'm "banging" the keys to get them to print. AND they make a loud noise when typing - it's almost like the old manual typewriters!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard and Feel

    Posted
    KV14
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    I purchased this keyboard to replace this same model of keyboard. The only reason I did this was my last Microsoft 4000 keyboard was 9 years old and I had worn out the letters and the bumps on the "F" and "J". The keyboard was still working, but it was just worn out and the keys were getting louder. This keyboard will last you a very long time if you are worried about how long you can get out of it. I originally bought this keyboard 9 years ago because I was having wrist issues typing on a standard keyboard. This keyboard made my wrist issues go away. Well worth it if you want a more natural feel or have wrist issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality, bulky design

    Posted
    nkelsey
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    Really there is nothing bad to be said about this keyboard as long as you plan on leaving it in one place, and have plenty of room on your desk. I move around alot, so the large dimensions of it can be a hassle. I wouldn't recommend it if you just want a good keyboard for typing, but if you are in to gaming, or run a lot of design programs (like me) it is nice. There are several keys to set up your shortcuts, controls for your media player, pretty much a button for everything. It is not the simplest thing to fully set up, but once you do it is hard to go back to a regular keyboard. The way it is shaped is a little odd. It is split in the middle, then slopes down on the sides, which takes some getting used to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard I have used

    Posted
    EricJ123
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    I've been using one of these at home and one at work for the past 8 years. I absolutely love it. On a standard keyboard my wrists start to hurt after about an hour of typing. Since my job involves a lot of typing (computer programmer), this is not good. This Microsoft keyboard keeps my wrists straight while I'm typing so I don't get that typing fatigue that I get on a standard keyboard. Also I am a fairly heavy gamer so it gets a lot of use in my spare time as well. 8 years of abuse, including pounding on it out of anger quite a few times, and it still just keeps working. Can't say enough good things about this keyboard. If you touch type and can get used to the split design, it's one of the best keyboards you can buy, especially for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for me....

    Posted
    JuanitaBanana

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this keyboard

    Posted
    MiniFridge
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    I have been using this keyboard for the last 5 years, and just bought another one. I type for about 9-14 hours a day, and I find this keyboard very comfortable. I was actually going back and forth trying to decide whether to get this or a $200 mechanical keyboard. I chose this one because I knew I would love it. Definitely not a gaming keyboard, and the keys are a little mushy, but the ergonomics are great. I wish they would make a more premium version, but this one gets the job done, and feel is very comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend