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13 Keyboard drawers, wrist pads, and keyboard replacements:




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This article is from the Ergonomics and Typing Injury FAQ, by Dan Wallach dwallach@cs.princeton.edu with numerous contributions by others.

13 Keyboard drawers, wrist pads, and keyboard replacements:

There is a fair amount of controvery on how to get this right. For some people,
wrist pads seem to work wonders. However, with good posture, you shouldn't be
resting your wrists on anything - you would prefer your keyboard to be "right
there". If you drop your arms at your side and then lift your hands up at the
elbow, you want your keyboard under your hands when your elbows are at about 90
degrees. Of course, you want to avoid pronation, wrist extension, and ulnar
deviation at all costs. Wrist pads may or may not help at this. You should get
somebody else to come and look at how you work: how you sit, how you type, and
how you relax. It's often easier for somebody else to notice your hunched
shoulders or deviated hands.

Some argue that the normal, flat keyboard is antiquated and poorly designed. A
number of replacements are available, on the market, today. Check out the
accompanying typing-injury-faq/keyboards for much detail.

Lately, a number of people have been having luck with gloves. You may want to
try some light gloves, possibly with the fingers removed if they're too warm.
Many seem to like the Handeze Gloves, available for around $20 from
Patternworks, P.O. Box 1690, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (800/438-5464). See the
typing-injury archive "handeze.info" for details.

Another place you may be able to get stuff: a company called Enrichments has a
catalog of ergonomic products you may find interesting. Their phone number is
800/323-5547. Or, you might want to contact AliMed at 800/225-2610 and ask for
their Ergonomics catalog.

Here are some sources for fancy keyboard drawers:

Ergotron, Eagan, MN, 800/888-8458. A wide tray that mounts under a desk and is
adjustable, has a wrist rest, and is wide enough to accomodate a mouse pad.

Ergo Systems, East Hartford, CT, 203/282-9767. They make keyboard trays and a
retractrable mouse pad, too.

Rubbermaid makes a simple $20 plastic keyboard tray that works well. I found
mine at CompUSA, so check your local computer store.
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