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Is there anyone out there ever used an ergonomic keyboard that could give your impression vs a standard keyboard layout? One more thing, if you used an ergonomic keyboard for any length of time and found yourself going back to the standard layout was there any difficulty in adjusting to it? Or was it the other way around?
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ive only used em a little.. they are pretty lame.. hard to get used to and when switching back very hard to get used to.. i dont know who those keyboards are "ergonomic" for but def not my arms.
     
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I would think that if someone used an egro for any length of time and went back to the standard layout they would have to adjust and vise versa.
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I have owned two Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboards and I've used both from middle of high school all the way into the middle of college. So let's say that was about 4 years. They were okay keyboards. They change your typing style quite a lot and take up a lot of space (one of the biggest drawbacks, pun intended). The reason I went back to normal layout was mostly because of space and because I purchased a Logitech Illuminated keyboard and a laptop and got used to scissor switches. The change was good and it served me well for a good two years until I decided to jump on the mechanical bandwagon which for the most part is standard layout only.

I'm not sure if it's my arms that have changed (or strengthened) or the fact that mechanical keyboards really seem to solve the stress problems that normal rubber dome keyboards presented. I really have to attribute a lot of the issues with rubber domes to the fact that you have to almost always bottom out before the key registers. That's one thing that mechanical keyboards (at least the two that I've owned) have mitigated.
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i dont know who those keyboards are "ergonomic" for but def not my arms.

Herein lies the problem.

Most so-called "ergonomic" keyboards out there are little better than a scam. It really doesn't matter if the keyboard has a curve in it, or even if they put a bump in it, because, as you have alluded to, what is ergonomic for one person isn't always for the next. So what you need are some fully height, angle and width adjustable keyboards, such as the uTron or IBM Model M15 -

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Of course, such keyboards are expensive, and the ignorant masses are happy with the illusion of ergonomic design as opposed to spending money on the real deal, so these faded into obscurity for the most part. On the flipside, I hear the Ministry of Pointlessly Silly Keyboard Shapes within Microsoft and Logitech are making a killing.

As far as I know, research conducted since the ergonomic keyboard craze of the early 90s suggests that split keyboard designs are less important than things like seating position, height of the keyboard etc.
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