Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000.If you spend more than a few hours a day at the computer, then you probably have experienced some wrist pain. The standard keyboard is not built for proper wrist placement, neither is the way most people use a mouse on a flat surface.

So, what can you do? This is one of those times that ergonomic items really can play a roll in improving your life. For typing, we here at StarterTech highly recommend the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000.

Not only does the Ergo turn your wrists in the proper direction, it gives you a padded area for them to rest on. There are some other nice features, such as the quick launch buttons at the top, but the comfort alone is enough to warrant the purchase. People that have never used a natural keyboard get scare at the sight of it, but it really is easy to adapt your typing to it, and I find I even type faster on it than I do on a standard straight line version.

It is not the only model of ergonomic keyboard out there, and you can browse more models at Amazon.com with all sorts of different features and button configurations.  And do remember that even if you use a laptop, if you are going to be at a desk on a regular basis, you can attach these keyboards via USB cable and use them anyway, saving your wrists even when you don’t have a full-sized destop.

Mouse ArenaAs for your mouse situation, most people place it on a mouse pad on their desk, coming down at an angle so your wrist is bent while you use it.  My solution for years has been the Mouse Arena.  This handy little device features a padded wrist rest as well as an antenna you thread your mouse cord through to keep it out of your way.

The elevation, with the addition of the rest, makes this thing a dream to work with, and I always feel awkward when I don’t have it to use.  They can be a bit hard to locate, but we’ve linked you to the manufacturer, and they can help you locate a retailer.

I was well on my way to full blown carpel tunnel syndrome around 1992 until I looked into ergonomic computer parts.  As soon as I started using them, my wrists started feeling better, and now they feel fine, though it did take years for them to get that way.  So why not think of this of preventive medicine?  If you feel the slightest bit of wrist pain, you should always consult a physician, but these types of items should be of a benefit to you also.

Categories: General Computing Tips   
 

No Responses so far | Have Your Say!

Leave a Comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Subscribe to our feed
Subscribe via Email
  • Your Add Here
  • Search & Win
  • J&R Computer/Music World

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584

Warning: get_object_vars() expects parameter 1 to be object, null given in /home/starter/public_html/wp-content/plugins/intensedebate/intensedebate.php on line 584