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  1. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    Personally, I use a Contour Design Perfit mouse, which is a compromise between an ordinary-sized mouse and the truly huge Handshoe The Handshoe, which I reviewed here, offers greater comfort but less control. Additionally, it requires a lot more real estate on your desk. Another good choice I've reviewed is the AirO2bic mouse, which combines some elements of the Evoluent with the Handshoe by being both vertical and gripless. With the recommended software and a major adjustment in technique, the Aerobic mouse can be clickless as well. From all of the above, I would probably recommend the Handshoe - particularly if you've already tried the Evoluent and it didn't float your boat. The thing is like a pillow-top mattress for your hand, seriously - it has a little nook for every facet to rest in, and it comes in different sizes so you can find one that fits. The XL even has a third button, which is a big plus for me with any mouse. The Contour isn't my first recommendation even though I use it for myself, because I think its adjustment period is longer than that of the Handshoe, and because my own personal requirements of precision wouldn't apply to most people. As to a trackball, I've used the Kensington Orbit Scroll (very important to me to have a scroll wheel) and liked it a lot. The Orbit is pretty inexpensive at $35 or so. At the high end of the price range, there's the Kensington Expert Mouse, the ball of which is exactly the same size as a billiard ball.
  2. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    I feel the same way. I tried a lot of ergonomic keyboards before finding the Freestyle. I use mine with the v3 kit - just the tenting in the middle. It has three settings - one of which is pretty high - and it costs on $22 or so. Quite a bit better than the ~$160 you'll pay for the Ascent...
  3. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    Are you using a kit with it or just the solo?
  4. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    One other thing I forgot to mention on finger-curling: Short of buying a new keyboard, some people find it helps a lot to change the home keys. Instead of your middle fingers resting on S, D, K, and L, they rest on W, E, I, and O. Obviously they'll still ahve to curl to hit those other keys, but at least they can relax when at rest between strokes.
  5. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    Very interesting. I'm seeing it for $65 on Newegg. I didn't know there was a mechanical board down in that price range.
  6. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    As long as I could stand it, which was a few days. It wasn't just the spacebar either - I found the key action too difficult everywhere on the board. The spacebar was just the worst part. My brother later worked this same keyboard for about six months. At the end of that time the spacebar had gotten a bit looser; but the action was still too hard for me. According to Kinesis, the 4000 requires around 60G of force to actuate each key. The Freestyle requires (going on memory here) 40G to fully depress the key, and it's equipped with special membrane switches that will actuate when pressed only part way, much like a mechanical board. Looks like it tents and folds and otherwise breaks apart, but it is still straight lines. My fingers don't tent in a straight line. [/quote] Your hands would be a funny shape if they did . Personally, finger-curling doesn't bother me as long as my fingernails don't get too long. For those concerned about finger-curling, there's the Kinesis Advantage. Not inexpensive, but it has mechanical keyswitches as well as a layout that eliminates curling while straightening up the key columns for easier navigation. Alternatively, you could try for a Truly Ergonomic. Long denounced as vaporware, TE now has what appear to be actual pictures on its website, and the company claims to be shipping keyboards. For the price you're most of the way to a Kinesis Advantage, but the footprint is way smaller on the Truly Ergonomic.
  7. ErgoGuy

    One Keyboard to Rule Them All

    It ain't no placebo, Eelco. Just look at the position in which an ordinary straight keyboard puts you: Hands scrunched together, wrists bent awkwardly, mouse exiled to the eastern reaches of your desk. Granted, some people can use a setup like that for years without a problem. I believe these folks are just made differently, or else they use their systems less frequently than others. This is surely nice for them, but it doesn't help the rest of use much . As to keyboard recommendations, I review keyboards and I have used most of the ones out there. The Das is a great solid board with a lot of "cool," but its ergonomics only extend as far as having mechanical keyswitches (I got the regular model with Blues). It still has all the other ergonomic problems attendant to most keyboards. The MS 4000, which I reviewed here, is fine for its low price, but I don't see how people stand that sticky spacebar! I've also used the Kinesis Advantage, but it's a bit weird-looking as well as expensive for most people. My current personal recommendation is the Kinesis Freestyle. It's relatively inexpensive, and can be anything from a really great regular keyboard to an ergonomic dreamboat, depending on what accessories you choose. Right now I'm using mine with the kit that tents it in the middle, without palm rests, and I absolutely love it. It's made all the difference for me.
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