There are a lot of ergonomic keyboards available on the market today, but not all of them are equally ergonomic. The Kinesis Advantage Keyboard has got to be the most ergonomic keyboard and if you’re looking for something that is extremely comfortable to type on and will raise your WPM by a moderate amount, this is the best keyboard out there.
I’ll be up front. It truly takes a good two to three weeks to fully adapt to typing on this piece of machinery. After about the first week, you start to learn not to move your wrists and just keep them rested. Your wrists are going to feel so much better after extended typing sessions that you’ll probably never go back to a normal keyboard, or those other “ergonomic” keyboards again.
Typing on the Kinesis Advantage is rather loud compared to more modern keyboards on the market, but that could be considered a trade-off for the excellent comfort your wrists gain. Another disadvantage I first experienced with this keyboard was the placement of special characters, which weren’t so easy to get to at times. I’m a web developer, so I use a lot of special characters and symbols that I don’t even know what they’re called. The F1-F12 keys were also somewhat weird compared to the other keys, but I’m assuming this is because they’re not pressed a lot for the average typist.
One reason I decided to try this keyboard out was carpal tunnel. My wrists are extremely skinny and I type a lot. I’m also self-taught, so I have my own typing style that’s probably not very textbook at all, and might lead to long-term health risks. When I started using this keyboard, I felt so much less stress and pressure on my wrists that I knew I just saved myself some future trouble by switching over to it. I do end up using my Das Keyboard when doing long web development projects, but when I’m blogging or writing articles and reviews, I’m on the Kinesis Advantage. An easy way to switch between keyboards is using something like a USB hub that you can just plug and unplug the keyboard you want to use.
I’m no doctor, but I’d definitely say this is the best keyboard for those who may feel some effects of carpal tunnel coming on, or for those who just want healthier wrists. It’s kind of akin to buying one of those fancy ergonomic chairs that cost a little bit more, but their long-term health impacts are very beneficial. Anyone who’s suffering from carpal tunnel or RSI symptoms need to seriously consider this keyboard.
The Kinesis also adds standard functionality that you would expect to see in any keyboard like the two port USB hub. It’s also important to note that the keyboard is compatible with both Windows and OSX operating systems.
If you’d like to read more reviews about this keyboard from people who have carpal tunnel or RSI, go read some of their reviews and see how much they can vouch for this great keyboard.
Overall, this keyboard is awesome. The only reason I didn’t give it a perfect review is due to the price, which is steep. For the health benefit you get and the longevity of the keyboard itself, I think it’s definitely worth it, but it does require an investment.