Even though I do a lot more standing, squatting, leaning, balancing, and walking around than most people get to do in a workday, I still find myself spending a pretty good amount of time at the computer. I used to spend about 10-12 hours on a computer — either at an office job or at home on Facebook, blogging, etc. etc.
Unsurprisingly, I was always in or on the brink of a considerable amount of discomfort in my wrists, shoulders, and neck.
These days a healthy dose of exercise and self-control keep me off the computer, but for the times that I am on the computer, I wish to present to you the greatest gift you can give to the deskbound.
It’s the Kinesis split keyboard.
I know it looks weird.
I know you think no one can actually type on it.
I know you think it’s a little pricey for a keyboard.
But it’s amazingly comfortable and if you’re a touch-typer, it’s not a problem. If you don’t have your keyboard memorized and still hunt and peck, then you’re totally right — you can’t type on it. And you are right, it is pricier than a regular keyboard. However, it is awesome.
I waited a long time to get one for myself, but I now pass them out like candy to friends and family (and have three of my own — yes, I have a lot of computers I need to plug into).
For those who do a lot of work at the keyboard, this thing can be an absolute lifesaver for the wrists, shoulders and neck.
With extra spread between your hands, you can actually keep your chest open so that you can breathe better (more oxygen to your brain!). With your chest open and your shoulders back, your neck muscles don’t take on that ugly strain of forward head posture. And if that deskbound friend of yours has been having shoulder trouble, the better shoulder position can help relieve some of the strain that inevitably comes when your hands are stuck on a tiny laptop computer (tell him he looks like a t-rex).
Even these days, when I get stuck typing on a laptop keyboard for more than 30 minutes, I feel all kinds of strain in my hands, elbows, wrists, and neck, so I avoid it as much as I can. To avoid having to undo the damage of working on crappy small keyboards, I plug in a Kinesis keyboard and go typing madly away at 90 words per minute (if you hunt and peck, you definitely can’t do that!).
Say Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah to you and/or the deskbound office worker that you need to get a decently priced present for. They’ll thank you!