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The Rise of Ergonomics in Peripherals – Keyboards

ERGONOMICS SEEMS TO BE A CURRENT BUZZ-WORD. IF YOU DON’T PRODUCE AN ERGONOMIC PRODUCT, THEN IT’S NOT WORTH HAVING. WE TAKE A LOOK AT ERGONOMIC KEYBOARDS…

Quite rightly, workplace assessments are available, to see how ergonomic an individual’s desk-space is and to recommend products which can help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI or back and neck issues. But how can peripherals help?

Ergonomics is defined as “relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment.” and everyone is completely different with their requirement.

Ergonomic keyboards

There are many different ways of looking at this. Does a product just have to be ‘shaped’ to be ergonomic? Is it down to the feel of a keyboard, for instance? Is it to do with the amount of movement for a mouse perhaps? It’s a case of all things combined, in our opinion.

From ergonomically shaped mice to ultra-silent keyboards and high-quality desktop sets, CHERRY products are the ideal office companion for your desk at work or in your home office.

Ergonomic keyboards… 

For keyboards, it’s not just the shape which becomes important, but also how the product reacts to the individual typist. The key-travel and actuation point are key factors to be considered as this will affect both efficiency and comfort. Short travel keys are good for light typists, but for the heavier user, they can cause finger strain as the key bottoms out and hits a dead-stop

CHERRY KC 6000 SLIM and CHERRY STREAM are both ultra-flat scissor action keyboards with short-keystroke (laptop style), so ideal companions for lighter typists.

ergonomic keyboards

The feel of these products can also be found in wireless sets – CHERRY DW 9000 SLIM and CHERRY B.Unlimited 3.0 (above).

ergonomic keyboards

CHERRY KC 1000 (wired) and CHERRY DW 3000 or CHERRY DW 5100 wireless sets are a more traditional membrane products, giving a heavier feel and a longer keystroke.  (DW 5100)

cherry keyboard

CHERRY’s range of mechanical keyboards are well suited for the heavier typist, with a more crisp feeling than the traditional membranes mentioned above and with a choice of different feels:

ergonomic keyboards

CHERRY G80-3000LPCGB-2 – black MX Linear switch (above)

CHERRY G80-3000LSCGB-2 – blue MX ‘Click’ switch

keyboard

CHERRY G80-3816LWBGB-2 – silent red MX linear switch

CHERRY G80-3816LXBGB-2 – brown MX ‘soft-tactile’ switch

To further enhance user comfort, there’s also an option of a separate number pad – the G84-4700 (below). This allows the user to position the keypad in the optimum position to enter numbers – perfect for left-handed users who need the number pad on the left, for instance.

keypad

Keyboards are used constantly, so it’s important to have the right tool for the job and there are a wealth of products which can help with both comfort and efficiency in the workplace.

Look out for the next blog, where we will explore the world of CHERRY ergonomic mice.

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