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This is Off-Topic but I figured an expert could help me with this. I'm writing a lot of code to learn fast but my wrists are killing me. Not carpal tunnel but the pain from being bent. Have you found any success with bent keyboards or anything like that or is it a gimmic -before I purchase one.

Thanks very much.
 
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Personally I really like my 'bent' keyboard. It's an old Logitech with the split down the center. I feel very cramped while I'm at work on my standard keyboard. It seems to be a matter of taste though, I know some people who just can't get used to the split keyboards and stick with the standard ones.
 
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Back in 1999 I started having trouble. My left wrist/palm would go partially numb about four hours into work and my right wrist would experience tingling and occassional shooting pain.

My first response was to start doing wrist-stretching exercises I had learned in Aikido many years before (but didn't continue Aikido, sadly). That helped a lot, and you should be able to find sites via Google that will visually show you good exercises. It didn't solve the problems, but they were much improved.

I also tried a few split keyboards, and while they did help a bit more, the one I settled on (the SmartBoard) completely eliminated my pain and improved my typing speed by 5-10 words per minute. The reason is that the keys are aligned vertically so you don't twist your hand/wrist to hit keys off the home row.

The Kinesis line of keyboards looks interesting -- particularly the contoured one. Here are a few other resources about ergo keyboards.
  • Alternative Keyboard Gallery
  • An old Slashdot discussion (I think there was a more recent one, but I'll let you look it up)
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    Oh, another reason I went with the SmartBoard before the Kinesis is that the Kinesis is $200 more. Since the one I got solved my problems, I didn't feel the need to spend another two hundred to try out another possibility.
    [ March 29, 2005: Message edited by: David Harkness ]
     
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    I'm checking them out right now online. Thanks-
     
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    I'm using a Logitech as well. First I had it at home, but I've now moved it to the office where I was experiencing pain in my shoulderjoints after several hours of typing at a standard keyboard.
    Thinking of getting another one for the home.

    Also tried a Microsoft one but didn't like it as much. Might check out some of the more specialist options if they weren't too expensive to buy out of a catalogue (no store here has any of them, not even specialist computer stores).
     
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    Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
    Thinking of getting another one for the home.

    I highly recommend it. I was using my old plain keyboard at home while I awaited a replacement keyboard from DataDesk. Ouch! When the new one arrived it was such a relief and joy to type freely again.
     
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    p.s. tried several of the sites mentioned and for most of them the order pages are down, for the rest there seems to be no way to get them outside the US unless you're a specialist company.
     
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    Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
    p.s. tried several of the sites mentioned and for most of them the order pages are down

    Sadly, DataDesk still has no online ordering despite the page telling you to order online being up for the past several years. They bought Darwin, the company that designed the SmartBoard. I had to wait several months before being able to order a new one (with 2 USB ports).

    I have no idea what is up with Kinesis. The other sites I found on Google. I think they're just informational.
     
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    This sounds more like general computing, so I'm moving it to that forum.
     
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    <rant>
    I'm looking for a replacement for my Logitech (I plan to move the Logitech to work and get a new one with the new computer I'm building) but I can't find a wireless ergonomic keyboard that doesn't come with a mouse included. I got a Logitech MX1000 for christmas and really have no need for another mouse. I've checked several venders online and been to a half a dozen stores and they are all bundled with mice!!!
    </rant>
     
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    Just don't use the mouse then
     
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