Posts Tagged ‘keyboards’

Standard Keyboard without Numberpad

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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It’s very hard to find a keyboard with a standard layout and not have a 10-key numberpad on it. When do most people use the numberpad on their home computers? Maybe if they are entering in some data into Excel, managing their budget, but those tasks are quite rare. I imagine the main uses of the numberic keypad are for making bad passwords or lame usernames. Many laptops like to smush all their keys together to save space, but that doesn’t make any sense for desktop keyboards without a tenkey numpad to do the same thing.

I’m sure many of you have used one type of keyboard at work and then another at home with just a slight difference in layout and it’s annoying. Sometimes the enter/return key is too big, other times the: home, end, page up, page down are in different areas. Other times the arrows are squished into the side or setup with a cross layout rather than a upside down t layout.

You would think people that make keyboards would know ergonomic design better than to do all this. Mini keyboards save space and keep you from having right handers with their arm all the way to the side with the hardly used numberpad.

So far I only know of a few that fit these requirements.

  • Diatec Corp makes some keyboards with a standard layout and no numberpad. (very expensive)
  • IBM Model M Space Saver and Space Saver II (granted the II version has the Print Screen, Num Lock and Pause buttons moved down a tad) – since these are kind of old and are a little rare to come by they cost a bit more

I’ve been using the Space Saver II for a few years. I thought I would use the mouse nub and mouse buttons built on the keyboard a lot, but the fact is I rarely ever use them. The only thing I’ve missed about having this kind of keyboard is the lack of media buttons (mute, pause, forward, back) that many keyboards have.

Ergonomic Keyboards and Mice Links

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
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I’ve had these in my bookmarks for a long time and figured I’d share my collection.

Enablemart – This seems to be a third party seller but I’ve yet to find out who makes all the equipment they sell
3M Ergonomic Products – Notable is the Ergonomic Mouse that looks kind of like a joystick
Kinesis Corporation – Another third party place that sells ergonomic items (they have chairs also)
Perific – Their main product is the Wireless Dual Mouse
Evoluent – They are known for the VerticalMouse
Contour Design – Best known for the RollerMouse and the PerfitMouse (Contour Mouse)
Combimouse – Combination Keyboard and Mouse
Adesso – They make a lot of products
Aerobic Mouse – Looks a lot like the VerticalMouse except it has a plastic area to hold your hand
Nohands Mouse – Control your mouse with your feet
Zero Tension Mouse – seems like a mix between the VerticalMouse and 3M’s Ergonomic Mouse

Seems like a lot of good ideas are out there, but I’m still not sure if keyboards have seen enough innovation. I’ve seen vertical keyboards and some other weird ones on these sites. Microsoft’s Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 looks nice but I could do without the zoom feature. Do people really need zoom that much? I’ve seen zoom buttons even on mice. I think having a mouse nib (like those on some laptops) would make more sense instead. I’ve gotten to the point I can’t stand mice with less than 5 buttons either. One problem is some keyboards layout the Insert/Home/Page Up/Delete/End/Page Down buttons differently. And some also make the Enter button bigger and move the backslash and pipe button.