Pros No more wrist pains!
Excellent praactice exercises. Once you do them typing is easier and more comfortable than using any other keyboard and I have used many!
Cons It takes the exercises and a little bit of time to learn to type on but once thats done you are on you way to a real treat for your hands and wrists.
Summary I bought the keyboard, kept switching back to the Microsoft 4000 b/c I could not type. I got rid of the old keyboard and forced myself to spend a few days working the exercises.
Now I can key faster and more comfortable than ever! Learning to use your thumbs and index fingers are a great experience. I am a software developer and constantly at the keyboard!
Give it a try. Be patient, a few exercises a day, 3-5 only. It is well worth every dollar spent!!!
Pros Every key is located in such a manner that after one or two weeks, even the average typist, administrative secretary or programmer will adjust to using this keyboard.
Cons The keyboard desperately needs a keypad and the arrow keys need to be relocated because they often are accidetnly struck when trying to select a nearby letter.
Summary This is a great keyboard for anyone with carpal tunnel issues. If a keypad is not a high necessity for daily use, and utilizing the number keys across the top of the keyboard is satisfactory, then the Kinesis Contoured Advantage Keyboard will be perfect for anyone who types for long periods of time every day. The Star-Trek design is just an optical illusion that causes prospective buyers to hesitate; it is the ergonomic functionality that is the reason for buying this keyboard.
Pros everything .... except the cost ... I first purchased this keyboard at least 15 years ago, when it was priced much more closely to other, standard keyboards, if I'm recalling correctly.....most often-used keys are conveniently at the thumb areas.
Cons cost; some people take a while to get used to it. I happened to find it easy to adjust to.
Summary can't do without it ...
"Great Keyboard!!!"on by SarahErgo
Pros I would get it from this site i paid less and i tried to get this from Kinesis and i could not get a real person to talk to.
Cons I got this keyboard from www.ergonomicsMadeEasy.com and paid less than that!....Really great Keyboard though!
Pros Ergonomically this keyboard is the best available, and it is durable enough to last for many years.
Cons About once a week a modifier key gets stuck on and you have to hit both shift keys before your editor gets filled with garbage.
Summary There is an engineering compromise between building a good keyboard and a cheap one.
At one end of the spectrum you have disposable keyboards given to people for free with their PC's and sold in stores. The keyswitches are basically one sheet of rubber laying on a flat printed circuitboard. The only advantage of this design for desktop use is that it is cheap to manufacture. It sacrifices both ergonomics and reliability for low cost. Microsoft ergonomic keyboards and imitators consist of two flat membrane keyboards at an angle to improve your wrist angle a bit.
At the other end of the spectrum you the Kinesis Contoured keyboard (and the similar Maltron, which I have not tried). If you watch your fingertips as you slowly flex and relax your hand, you will notice that they naturally go through an arc. Internally, the Contoured keyboard has a separate rail of keys that approximates this arc separately for each finger. This almost completely eliminates the need for your fingers to reach while typing. The staggered keys on standard keyboards (along with qwerty) are artifacts from mechanical typewriters.
The mechanical keyswitches on the Contoured are more reliable and provide better tactile feedback than rubber membrane keyboards. Having an independent switch for each key also makes it possible to repair a broken key. I have had one defective keyswitch after years of heavy use.
The keyboard is programmable, making it easy to set up a modern computer-optimized key-layout (I use Colemak). While it is possible to re-program your key layout at the operating system level, doing this makes it a hassle to move your keyboard between computers, and prevents you from keeping a standard keyboard connected for other people to use.
Kinesis is a very small company. The upside is that they are very responsive to help requests. They've provided support well beyond their official warranty twice for me now. The main downside of this is, obviously, that this is not a cheap keyboard, even for the very high quality parts it contains. They have very little economy of scale, and it wouldn't surprise me if they are assembling each keyboard by hand. Additionally, they don't have an engineering staff to maintain their firmware. A couple times a day the firmware will screw up and start spitting out the same character repeatedly. You can work around this by hitting both shift keys quickly or re-plugging the keyboard when it happens.
In summary, this is one of the best keyboard money can buy. The reduction in strain you'll experience while typing and the keyboard's durability more than outweigh the crumby firmware, high price, and initial adjustment period.