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August 29, 2009

Kinesis Advantage Ergonomic Keyboard Initial Impressions

Filed under: Uncategorized — yasi8h @ 1:34 pm

I use computers a lot. like for 11 or 12 hours/day minimum. It’s a very important part of my life. And been a developer my career depends on me been able to use a keyboard. But since lately i have been experiencing some pain in my wrists. Which scared me a bit. I started searching the net for ergonomic keyboards and knowledge related to ergonomics in general. All in all i came in to a decision to pay more attention to ergonomics and to buy any equipment that i needed. Kinesis Advantage seems to be the best ergonomic keyboard out there so i ended up buying one but it was not easy. It was not available in Sri Lanka. And it was very expensive (i live in the third world by the way). Anyway i managed to buy it through amazon and get it to SL through a friend.

First of all here are some pics.

There are more pictures in flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/yasi8h/sets/72157622050768277/

The first thing i felt when i looked at it was something like ‘oh so this cost me that much…’ . This can be much cheaper. The keys are easy to press and they are all spread across the keyboard. getting used to this thing is hard. At least for me. I am typing this post using it. i have to look at the keyboard while typing and i am using the backspace way too much. i think it will take sometime for me to get used to this. i haven’t still read the manual. i think it has some exercises and stuff to help you get used to the keyboard. it should help me get started. anyways i feel that some keys in the alphabet are harder to access than the others. this may be because i am still getting used to this thing. anyways i am looking forward to learnning and really putting thid to use. it should save my wrists and give me some value for the money i  spent o this.

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7 Comments »

  1. Yes, the cost is of course TOO much.
    But once practised, you’d be able to type quite faster and easily, I guess.
    Aren’t the positions of the Enter and Space keys odd? Is it possible to press Enter easily?

    Comment by තමීර — August 29, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    • yeah i hope you are correct :). that’s what most of the people say anyways and i believe them. well when you type you need to press space a lot more than enter i guess. space is super easy to press and requires very little effort, but enter key requires a bit more effort. its ok i mean so far so good.

      Comment by yasi8h — August 29, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

  2. I wrote a long review of the Advantage that might be of interest.

    The first comment says, “Yes, the cost is of course TOO much.” True: but I wonder if other competitors will arise with less expensive keyboards, since Kinesis has a number of patents that were granted in the 1988 – 1991 range. As they expire, maybe others will be tempted to variations on Kinesis’ theme.

    “getting used to this thing is hard. At least for me”

    For everyone, I think: it took me four hours to be at least somewhat productive and probably weeks to get logarithmically closer to my typing speed on a flat keyboard.

    Comment by Jake Seliger — October 11, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    • i am sure that if i was in china, i could have brought a exact copy of this for like less than 10 USD.

      Comment by yasi8h — October 12, 2009 @ 4:53 am

  3. that is really sweet how that keyboard look

    Comment by may — October 29, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

  4. i no rite

    Comment by hannah (AKA may) — October 29, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  5. These keyboards are very well made — I have been using one at home for over a decade. They also save you quite a lot of pain.

    Comment by gavindoughtie — September 20, 2012 @ 5:36 pm


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