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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A lost art...

Back in the early to mid-Nineties, Microsoft released their first "ergonomic" keyboard; split down the middle to reduce occurrences of Carpal-Tunnel, and generally make you feel better after prolonged computer usage (for employers there are numerous benefits: fewer sick days for employees getting surgeries, increased productivity, higher morale, etc). I remember it being very expensive, but I haven't found information to back that opinion up. I also remember that people thought that it was a very odd product, and many people didn't ever try it because they found its design to be odd. However, there were some people who tried them, and most people loved them, and Microsoft was able to develop a following for their new product.

MS had a couple different iterations of the ergonomic keyboard, and some other manufacturers also released their own. The last few years have had very few ergonomic keyboards, which sucks for people building new systems and not wanting to use their old keyboards, and for people who run into problems with their ergonomic keyboard.

Now, Microsoft has leaked their newest ergonomic keyboard, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Wrists everywhere, rejoice!

It seems as thought Microsoft has put some thought into this product, and it should be interesting to see how well they are able to sell it. Along with this new keyboard, Microsoft leaked their upcoming laser mouse (more precise than an optical), to combat Logitech and Razor's offerings.

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