K is for Keyboard

Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically. It makes a huge difference when you’re typing a lot for emails, blog posts, proposals, articles … and novels.

I tried a number of keyboards.

The Kinesis Advantage

Kinesis keyboard photo

This is one of the most radical ergonomic keyboards out there. With scooped-out keyboard forms, it’s designed to conform to typical finger paths, not conventional keyboard grids. However, there’s a very steep learning curve. What put me off, though, were the rather long keystrokes. This issue can be addressed somewhat with some hacks, such as swapping key switches and adding rubber rings underneath each key to try to limit they keystroke distance, but this already is a very expensive keyboard (several hundred dollars) and having to take it apart key by key just to make it acceptable didn’t feel all that sensible, so I somewhat regretfully returned it.

The Microsoft Sculpt keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic photo

The Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard is a lightweight and modern offering from the company that had the most popular ergonomic keyboard in the 1990s. It wasn’t bad, but the Option and Command keys are swapped in position, which would require new less-optimal keystroke habits. In the end, I sent it back primarily for this reason.

The Goldtouch Go!2 keyboard

Goldtouch Go!2 keyboard photo

This keyboard is different in that it does not have curves, but it does have a universal joint in the middle that allows you to angle the left and right halves of the keyboard, and even peak it up in the middle, so you can find your own comfort position for avoiding wrist pronation that can contribute to RSI. I also like the quick-action scissor-switch keys, which are most like the keys on Apple keyboards in that they don’t require a ton of force or a mile of motion in order to register a keystroke—very important when you don’t want to feel like you’re typing through mud. The Goldtouch keyboard has a switch for Mac and PC layouts. And it folds up, making it portable. It comes with me everywhere I go.

Some people may dislike that it’s a USB keyboard, but I don’t mind—one less battery-driven device to worry about. There is a Bluetooth version of the Goldtouch Go!2 keyboard available if that is your preference.

Now I am happy.

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Laura Lis Scott is a professional book designer and editor with over 25 years’ experience. She is publisher of Toot Sweet Ink, an independent press. She also provides book design and editing services for independent publishers and authors. You can check out Laura’s book design and editing work at Book Love Space.

As an author, Laura has written for BlogHer, MediaGirl, and corporate clients. She has ghostwritten four fiction books (novellas and novels). Her own fiction has been published in Story Seed Vault and by Toot Sweet Ink. She currently writes science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

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