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Considering A Left Handed Keyboard? It can be Your Smartest Choice Yet


If you’re one of the many people considering making the switch to a left handed keyboard, it could be a very wise choice, especially if you spend hours each day using your keyboard. Left handed keyboards have a different layout design than the traditional style keyboards.

These layout changes help to create an efficient ergonomic keyboard. There’s one major change that contributes to the improvements. Traditionally keyboarders spent a lot of time using the numeric keypad. Thus, it was conveniently placed on the right side of the keyboard. Today, most people using a keyboard don’t spend a lot of time with the numeric keypad.

Left handed keyboards have moved the numeric keypad to the left side of the layout. This allows users to place their mouse closer to the alpha keypad. Closer positioning of your mouse helps to promote straight, inline positioning of your forearms, wrists, and hands. This neutral position helps keep tendons, nerves and blood vessels in this area from being compressed.

Compression occurs with many keyboard users. This compression causes what is known as Repetitive Stress Injuries. The main symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries include numbness of the fingers, tingling, and pain in the wrists continuing up the forearm or down through the hand. The pain can be chronic and often requires medical treatment. Left handed keyboards can help to prevent this type of injury.

Another popular layout of the left handed keyboard is to remove the numeric keypad and replace it with a touchpad. Since the touchpad performs every function of the mouse, you can get rid of your mouse. Not using a mouse will eliminate the awkward positions occurring when you go from keyboard to mouse and back. You also won’t have to worry about placing your mouse close to your keyboard as the touchpad is built right into your keyboard. So it is not only ergonomic efficient, it is also a space saver.

If you are a constant keyboard user you may not even realize the stress you’re placing on your wrists and hands by using a traditional keyboard. You also may not realize just how much time you spend on a keyboard. At work and at home the computer has become a major part of everyday life. That tired achy feeling, or the tingling could be a big warning sign that you’re damaging the nerves and tendons in these areas. Switching to a left handed keyboard is a wise choice to help prevent further damage.

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