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What's all the hype about a left-handed keyboard?


What is a left-handed keyboard?

Most keyboards have the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard even though most users don't rely on that keypad. A left-handed keyboard places the keypad on the left.

Why go lefty?

There are 2 main reasons to make the switch to a left-handed keyboard.

  1. You are left-handed. You might need that keypad on the left. This new set-up would enable you to use it with your left hand. The left-handed keyboard has orientation of both the directional arrow keys and the numeric keypad, which means left-handed users can now follow their natural strengths rather than conforming to designs for right-handed users.
  2. Better ergonomics. The key pad on the right usually forces even right-handed users to move the keyboard to the right, thus also shifting the mouse farther to the right. This placement of the mouse is not ergonomically ideal in that it forces your mouse hand to stretch to reach it.

Benefits of a left-handed keyboard

By switching to a left-handed keyboard, lefties can type more naturally and anyone can keep his/her body, and specifically their shoulders, arms, and wrists, in a more neutral position. This neutral posture allows you to feel more comfortable and to avoid RSI, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Plus, switching to a left-handed keyboard allows you to upgrade to the best ergonomics available, such as slimline contour, hot keys, and height adjustability. Once you've tried it, you'll never go back!