Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Typing Equipment - What're My Options?

Pros and cons of various keyboards ...

"The huge rate of injuries due to repetitive stress and carpal tunnel syndrome from frequent typing and keyboard use have made many people wonder if there's an alternative out there to standard keyboards. Every profession has its equipment and tools of the trade, and typing does as well. The keyboards we find all over the place really aren't the most effective ones to use and those who type a lot or work from home in writing or data entry positions would be wise to invest in proper equipment for the task.

Looking for a computer keyboard that has a V-shape design would be a good start. They are generally called ergonomic keyboards, and they make it possible for you to fix your hands in a more natural position for typing so the wrist is not skewed towards the smallest fingers.

Split computer keyboards take it one step further. They're sold in three different kinds: fixed, adjustable, and contoured. Fixed-split computer keyboards are actually split apart, they come in two or three pieces, so each individual can set the sections of keyboard in whatever position that is perfect for him or her, maintaining a comfortable, straight position from fingertips to elbow. Adjustable-split computer keyboards also can be adapted to be on an angle, tilting the vertical center raise. Contoured computer keyboards take the prize for being the most typist-friendly, because they're not only split and angle-adjustable, but the very position of the keys themselves is laid out in curves for the best placement of the fingers.

The list of different computer keyboards continues on.

Vertical computer keyboards are split as well, only this style of keyboards are set upright, so the typist's hands are in a hand-shaking position.

Dvorak keyboards are less complicated, they have a different alphabetic arrangement than the standard QWERTY keyboard that does a much better job at equally distributing typing among all the fingers. Several men and women have switched to a Dvorak keyboard for ergonomic reasons and have discovered that switching over was easier than they thought it would be.

Chording keyboards close off the parade of alternative keyboards for typists, these types use a mixture of keys that represent letters, numbers, and even words. Think about pressing chords on a piano to get a sound, and you have got the fundamental principle of a chording keyboard. The typist can position the keypads as they want, and there's not as much finger movement involved, but, these types of keyboards require training and they slow typists down.

If you would like to see whether your current keyboard is keeping you up to speed, visit the About Us page and take a short typing test."    (Continued via Ezinearticle, Emily Bouchard)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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