Thursday, September 22, 2011

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Review

If you read my earlier post, Here's an amusing tale..., you'll remember that I was waiting on this keyboard, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
With a name that is like something out of a science fiction movie, and it's rather unique layout, you may wonder why anyone would want such a thing.

I was searching the internet for a good keyboard to hook up to my laptop, which is hooked up to an external monitor for a extended desktop display, when I am programming at home.  Every recommendation I ran into had this at the top.  (for example, check out this post over at programmers.stackexchange.com)

It finally came in about 3 weeks ago, and I have been using it daily ever since.  The box contained only 3 items: a CD, an attachment to raise the keyboard and tilt the wrist pad upwards, and the keyboard itself.

Wrong CD (needs IntelliType)

The CD that came in the box contained the IntelliPoint software which is used for Microsoft Mice, not Keyboards, so I threw that in the garbage, and downloaded IntelliType from the Microsoft website before hooking up the keyboard to my laptop.  Not sure why that happened, but it wasn't a big deal.

Keyboard Tilt

The tilting attachment raises the keyboard up at an angle as you can see in the picture above.  It really does a lot for comfort and really reduces strain on your wrists as it allows you to maintain a more natural position while you type.

The angling of the keyboard itself, which is split down the middle was probably the hardest part to adjust to.  Sometimes I think I would be hitting 'b' and get an 'n' instead since they were not where I "naturally" thought they would be without looking at the keyboard itself while I type.  But once I got used to it, typing is a breeze and I never feel any strain.  I like it so much that I requested one at work.  They keyboard has function lock, but it stays off and never comes back on unless I want it to (something which didn't happen for me with my older Microsoft keyboards I remember).

The keys give a satisfying response when pressed, and have not only improved my comfort, but improved my typing.  Not to mention the price, which is MORE than appropriate.  You can find one on eBay (where I got mine) for around $30.  And I recommend that you do.

2 comments:

  1. I love this keyboard. My only problem with it is that my wife is not used to it, and some of the keys are completely faded. So she want's me to get a new keyboard that she can use.

    In the words of Charlton Heston: "From my cold dead hands" :)

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  2. The design comes handy with the right arrangement. Look for office furniture nyc as well.

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