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Ergonomic keyboards

over 3 years ago from , Product Designer

Like many of you, I'm staring at a glowing rectangle for many hours a day and using my keyboard + mouse combo to make all of the things.

Does anyone have a solid recommendation for an ergo keyboard that works with the one-handed designer workflow? I've found that most are keyed to developers or anyone who has two hands on the keys.

17 comments

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 3 years ago

    What do you mean by ergonomic? One of those split keyboards? Microsoft’s keyboards might be a good option.

    In terms of solid Mac keyboards, WASD is worth checking out (as well as Matias, as mentioned by Tony).

    https://www.wasdkeyboards.com

    5 points
    • Vipul. MishraVipul. Mishra, 3 years ago

      HOLY CHEESEBALLS... You have the best display picture I have seen on DN. Good job @Marc

      7 points
    • Bill Addison, 3 years ago

      Mechanical keyboards suck guys. It's just a fad. If you're a programmer or type a lot, i.e. not a gamer, then this isn't for you. Especially if you're already used to chicklet keys.

      0 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 3 years ago

        A fad that has been going on for quite some time. Many early computing era keyboards really did feel better — the Apple Extended Keyboard II definitely feels nicer than the current chicklet keyboards, especially the new laptop butterfly versions, which are utter trash in comparison.

        And, while we’re on the topic, I find full sized arrows and a number pad to be essential. Apple’s keyboards are probably the worst aspect of their products these days.

        I think buying a keyboard and mouse you like using is similar to buying a good chair — the price is very easy to justify, if you spend 8+ hours a day using it.

        1 point
  • Jrtorrents Dorman , 3 years ago

    You can try the Microsoft ergonomic keyboard.

    https://www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/store/d/microsoft-sculpt-ergonomic-desktop/8r58psbdfdgn/cs7f

    2 points
  • Tony GinesTony Gines, over 3 years ago

    Matias makes a number of nice keyboards. I just bought the (non-ergo) space grey wireless keyboard.

    http://matias.ca/

    2 points
  • 12s 12m, over 3 years ago

    I've had good luck with mechanical keyboards. Would love to know if there are any recommendations for a mechanical + ergonomical keyboard

    1 point
  • Mike DemaraisMike Demarais, 3 years ago

    check out the Diverge 2 keyboard! its super cool https://unikeyboard.io/product/diverge-tm/

    also theres the Lets Split if you dont mind getting yr hands dirty with DIY electronics

    peep the keyboard subreddit to rly see what exists: https://reddit.com/r/mechanicalkeyboards

    0 points
  • Ktrn DsrsKtrn Dsrs, 3 years ago

    If you can get used to it, the TypeMatrix 2030 Dvorak Blank keyboard might be for you haha ;)

    https://www.amazon.fr/Clavier-Ergonomique-TypeMatrix-2030-layout/dp/B00BP1CWYK

    0 points
  • Evan PEvan P, over 3 years ago

    One approach you could take is to look in to a 60% mechanical keyboard. Many of these smaller boards allow you to have multiple function layers, where you can bind different key mappings.

    So you could have layer one be your traditional keyboard layout and layer 2 be your design layout with all the shortcut keys you need arranged in a logical fashion for you.

    If you are on a Mac you can use the system settings to make sure the Command, Option, and Control keys are where you would expect them to be (since most mechanical keyboards are programed for PCs).

    Another option is looking in to something like the Kinesis Advantage

    0 points
  • Tom CTom C, 3 years ago

    I'm not quite sure what do you mean by one-handed workflow...

    Kinesis Freestyle 2 is the split-type keyboard so it effectively means two hands on the keys, but the split feature is what makes it ergonomic.

    For a quick test of the position you'd get with the split keyboard, try resting your palms on the edge of the desk, slightly wider than shoulder apart - and now observe how the tension from your chest/shoulder joint goes away...

    0 points