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Ive been looking for a new keyboard to help me with my wrists. After years of typing and using a PC my wrists have been hurting a lot more lately and Ive actually been waking up with pain in them in the morning. The doc told me its carpal tunnel syndrome. So Ive been shopping around for something that looks cool, works, and will help my hands out. I stumbled on to this and wondered if anyone else has it.

http://www.getsmartfish.com/Reflex-K...otion_p_8.html

Check out the video on the site to see how it works.

I know the maker had an issue with the keyboard not working while booting up in bios but they said that the newer version correct this. So this keyboard shouldnt give me any issues. What are your thoughts or does anyone else have the same issue I have and what keyboards do you use to help? Thanks in advance.
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I have carpal tunnel as well (I've had it much worse back in high school when I was typing code and papers constantly). I went to an ergonomic keyboard (Microsoft Natural Ergonomic) and used it for a good 3 years and into college until I went to 100% scissor switches (laptop and Logitech Illuminated). The ergonomic keyboard definitely helps alleviate some of the stresses of typing but I felt like the reduced key travel and decreased force required from using scissor switches also helped. Eventually, I went back to using regular style keyboards again when I started working and once again my carpal tunnel started to act up.

That's when I started looking into these mechanical keyboards and bought one of my own. The Razer Blackwidow was my first because it was readily available and it was on sale. It was obnoxiously loud but I realized it was enjoyable to type on.

Once I got the hang of not bottoming out (like you would do with all rubber domes), I found the pain of typing was greatly reduced.

When you type on a rubber dome, you exert force on the key until it presses down. In many cases, as soon as you exceed that point where the dome is depressed, your fingers start "falling down" until you reach the bottom. Then you get the really hard landing before the keystroke is registered. Newton's Third Law -> if you're exerting force against an object, it is exerting the same force back on you. When you bottom out, all the force that you were exerting to press the key down ends up pushing up against your finger when you bottom out. The sudden change in acceleration, in my opinion, is what causes our fingers great pain.

That differs from the two mechanical keyboards I own because I know the key is actuated at a certain point. Once I know it's actuated, then I stop exerting force and now rarely get to the point of bottoming out. It's made typing a lot better for me in the last two months. I'm going to join in with the rest of the people here and say I'm never going back to the rubber dome.
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Thanks RalleyMaster. So in your opinion if you had any choice in keyboards which one would you get, if money wasn't an issue. I have a MS Natural Ergonomic keyboard 4000 which Im using now but there are times when I press down and it doesnt type it and the space bar I feel like I have to slam it down sometimes.
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I can't say if mechanical keyboards help all carpal tunnel sufferers, but I've met many who claim they work for them. I happen to have a mechanical ergonomic keyboard for sale. That is, an ergonomic keyboard with mechanical switches (original clicky white Alps to be precise). Best of both worlds. And the only one that won't cost >$150.
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Send me some pics if you can Phaedrus2129.
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My old For Sale posts on OCN and GH seem to have disappeared, but here's a pic:
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...01-d338b5i.jpg
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Thanks for the offer Phaedrus2129 but I dont think that keyboard is my style. My desk is full of things that are all black or silver and a brown keyboard would really stick out. But thanks again.

So does anyone here have this keyboard or have experience with it? I was wondering if it was a good buy. Only reviews looks like the ones from people who work for smartfish.
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