Originally Posted by black!ce;12682600
just one question and this might sound stupid but why do most of the mechanical keyboards out there don't have palm rests? i know some of them do but 90% of them don't any particular reason for this or is it just that the manufacturers are lazy to add one , i find it very hard without a palm rest specially when my old keyboard was a G15
When gaming, a wrist rest can be nice (and I prefer it). But when just typing, a wrist rest is absolutely unnecessary unless you're taking a break from typing (such as pausing for a few seconds while typing in order to think about what you want to say next).
Keeping your wrists planted on a wrist rest or on the desk/keyboard tray while typing is very harmful over time and can cause you to end up in pain later in life, especially if your hands angle upwards from your wrists. So hovering your wrists while you're typing gives you complete freedom of movement over the keyboard, and it makes it easier to avoid angling your hands upward at the wrists. It also makes it significantly easier to touch
type as opposed to hitting the keys on every keystroke.
In addition, it's surprisingly far more relaxing to type this way than you might think, especially for your wrists, hands, and fingers. I mean, I learned how to type from an old book that stresses the importance of keeping the wrists up in the air while typing in addition to all sorts of ergonomics, but I rebelled against that because I assumed I would only end up fatigued; but I was dead wrong, and I paid the price in the form of pain on a daily basis.
But to go a little further, it's also imperative to keep both palms facing down when typing. I still have more pain in my left hand than in my right because my left has a bad habit of facing its palm slightly to the right while typing (meaning, it faces toward my right hand a bit). I found out the hard way that this is harmful over time. I also learned that this was my left hand's relaxed position due to being much weaker than my right. So, I also learned that keeping both palms facing the floor (equally) while hovering your wrists maximizes your typing speed as well as your precision.
Not to be redundant, but if your hands angle upward from your wrists at all while typing or gaming, then stop what you're doing and do absolutely everything possible to reverse it before spending another minute typing or gaming like that because I promise you that you'll angrily regret it later in life.
One way to reverse it is by somehow raising the keyboard or by sitting lower, especially if your keyboard is already laying flat on the desk or keyboard tray (that is, if your keyboard tray is flat and not angled towards you). For example: my keyboard tray angles towards me and it cannot be changed. Fortunately, it also has a built-in wrist rest. So I propped the keyboard up on the wrist rest and now the keyboard angles away from me ever so slightly and it feels amazing. The only problem is that now I don't have a wrist rest for when I stop typing because my keyboard is using it.
But it's a wonderful compromise.
So I actually have two keyboard positions (and two chair heights) that I use: one is for typing which I described above, and the other is for gaming. The gaming position means that I take the keyboard off the wrist rest and put it back on the keyboard tray in a normal way, and I also lower my chair all the way down. It gets so low that I can keep my left hand on the wrist rest and still avoid having my hand angle upwards from my wrist. I don't have a wrist rest for my mouse, but the same holds true over there as well. But if I don't lower my chair, then my hands angle up at the wrists resulting in pain over time.
Now, I'll be 32 next month, so it's far more important for me to take these courses of action than it was 10-15 years ago. Edited by TwoCables - 3/10/11 at 10:02pm