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Ergonomic Mini Keyboards – Tips for Use

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Find out why an ergonomic mini keyboard may be your best choice.

With all the time spent using a keyboard it is not surprising that you want your mini keyboard to have good ergonomic design. Some mini keyboards have the design any person with ergonomic concerns will like.

For example, for good ergonomic placement some manufacturers of mini keyboards now place the numeric keypad on the left. Here’s why. Layouts of standard keyboards occurred long before the mouse was in use. At that time, number entry was a primary function of keyboarding, so the numeric keypad was placed in the most convenient place on the right. Now the mouse is used considerably more than the numeric keypad. Placing numeric keypad on the left allows for much closer placement of the mouse. This close placement is a good ergonomic practice as less wrist and hand stress occurs.

If the numeric keypad is something you rarely use, you may want to consider purchasing a mini keyboard without this keypad. Instead, opt for a mini keypad with a touch pad on the keyboard, thus eliminating the use of the mouse. Eliminating the mouse allows you to maintain better wrist and hands in a more neutral position as you use your keyboard. This neutral position is the best ergonomic position for those who spend hours at their keyboard.

For laptop keyboarding, consider purchasing an external mini keyboard. Using a wireless external mini keyboard with your laptop is good ergonomic practice for more than one reason. When using an external keyboard for your laptop, you can position the screen so you are viewing in the proper ergonomic position without being concerned about reaching the keyboard. This allows better alignment of your neck and reduces stress on your shoulders. You can also place the keyboard in apposition to so your wrists are in the best ergonomic position of neutral. Using a wireless mini works great for home multimedia PCs, mobile, as well as any office environment.

When you’re using your mini keyboard for extended periods, make sure to take frequent breaks. Even taking thirty seconds to stretch and move your arms and hands can go a long way towards preventing repetitive stress conditions. Also, make sure to place your keyboard so that you’re not reaching extensively, and so that your arms aren’t cramped. Just as with keeping the wrists in a neutral position, you want to do the same with shoulders, elbows, and forearms.