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New Concept in Mini Keyboard Design Promotes Healthy Ergonomics

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Are you constantly sitting at your keyboard for hours on end? If you’re like most of us, using a keyboard has become a major part of work, rest, and play. Whether you are sitting at your desk working, playing on your home multimedia PC, or simply texting, the keyboard is indispensable.

Shoulders, arms, wrists and hands are all affected by keyboarding. That tired achy feeling you have after work, may not just be from mental stress. Using your keyboard in a non-ergonomic friendly way could be the cause of your aches and pains. Poor posture, and incorrectly placing your hands in position for using your keyboard can cause stress. Chronic repetitive stress conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome can also result as a cause of poor ergonomics. The good news is the manufacturers are now designing mini keyboards with ergonomics in mind.

One example of improved design is the placement of the numeric keypad. Some manufacturers of mini keyboards now place the numeric keypad on the left. Here’s why. The standard keyboard layout occurred long before the mouse was in use. In the early days, number entry was a primary function of keyboarding. Numeric keypads were placed on the right for convenient use. Now the mouse is used considerably more than the numeric keypad. A left placed numeric keypad eliminates much of the space on the right giving you closer mouse placement. Close placement lets you switch between keyboard and mouse with less stress on your hands and wrists. The design aspect gets even better if you don’t need the numeric keypad.

If you rarely use the numeric keypad, consider using a mini keyboard without this keypad. Many manufacturers now have mini keyboards without a numeric keypad and with a touch pad on the right side of the keyboard thus eliminating the need for a mouse. Eliminating the mouse increases usability, and allows you to maintain wrist and hands in a more neutral position without constantly switching from mouse to keyboard. The “neutral position” means keeping your forearm, wrists and hands in a straight line and relaxed as much as possible. These new mini keyboard designs are very helpful in maintaining this neutral position.

Another often-overlooked ergonomic benefit of mini keyboards is the size. The smaller keyboard allows you to put it in places the standard size keyboard won’t fit. This helps you to be able to place the keyboard in perfect position so you’re not misaligning your shoulders and upper body to reach your keyboard.

Wireless mini keyboards offer another advantage similar to the smaller size. If your desktop is really cramped for space or you’re using your computer or laptop without a desk, a wireless keyboard allows you the option of placing it wherever necessary for optimum ergonomics. With all the new design in mini keyboards, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs and reduce harmful stress and chronic health issues.