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Cool thing Thursday: A 300 euro keyboard

Between 12 hours a day behind a computer, 6 hours of boxing every week and some 800 press ups per week my wrists are really taking a beating. Sometimes literally.

The new keyboard
The new keyboard

I've gotten so used to the constant pain I stopped noticing. Oh yeah, my hands feel a bit sore in the evenings and I have to be very careful about choosing just the right punching bag at practice and I can only do press ups on my knuckles. Completely normal right?

Then I spent a week in Paris. Almost zero computer time. No blogging no coding, nothing.

It was then that I realised just how big a problem my not-a-problem has actually become. Feeling no wrist pain whatsoever felt so refreshing, it was finally time to do something.

Remembered I used to have a Microsoft Natural Keyboard in high school until it stopped working a few years a go. The temporary replacement was a donated Logitech thing ... you know how temporary replacements work.

Asked around and according to the expertise of one @janhancic there were only two modern options - a TypeMatrix, which looked kind of weird to me, or a Truly Ergonomic, which I fell in love with immediately.

Last week I finally broke down and ordered. Yesterday it arrived.

Old ergonomic compared to new
Old ergonomic compared to new

Truly Ergonomic

Truly Ergonomic's biggest selling point for me was the size. It's a split keyboard and yet it's barely any wider than the apple keyboard. This means you don't have to reach as far for the mouse and you have more room to move around. Score!

I can still remember how unwieldy my first ergonomic keyboard was ... plus this might help with my shoulder pain as well.

Another point that's supposed to be really important is that many of the keys you press a lot - like the enter, backspace and tab keys - are usually found in a terrible position delegated to the poor pinky finger, which means you do a lot of wrist bending in all the wrong ways. These are now placed in the middle.

Any idea how hard getting used to that is?

So hard I accidentally published this post when I tried to fix a typo - tab+enter ... yeah. Oops.

How fast I used to be

They really aren't kidding when they say it will take time__ to learn how to type again. Feels like I'm learning to talk again ... it's really amazing to observe how much thinking slows down to adapt to typing speed. Especially frustrating because I was used to typing at the speed of thought.

To the point it's often easier to retype than copy paste.

But I'll get there eventually. I'm already in love, if frustrated to death, with the typing experience. Feels nice to discover how bad my touch typing form has gotten. With a split keyboard, using the wrong finger you will miss the key. Promise.

How fast I am now

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Published on December 13th, 2012 in Uncategorized

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