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Offline j-c

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keyboard legs - to use or not to use?
« on: Sun, 01 March 2015, 14:07:40 »
dear geek hackers
newby to the forum here, I have found that if I flip out the rear legs of any keyboard I have used I find I cannot use the keyboard for a long time as it strains my hands/wrists, so I was wondering if I am doing something wrong ? What do people do? (this will be subjective I know).
Being a hunt n peck typist (learning to touch type in the evenings) I rest my wrists on the table (just habit over the years as I have not been taught how to type).
Any advice would be appreciated if I am doing it wrong.
Oh and while I am here, I used to own a Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard ( the earlier white one) and found the high hand position was too tiring.
Any thoughts on that considering it is an "ergonomic" keyboard.
many thanks.
john

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Re: keyboard legs - to use or not to use?
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 01 March 2015, 14:53:41 »
Using legs is very personal depending on personal preference and heights of table, chair, and if you have a keyboard tray or not.  Just need to find what works for you. 

One thing, do not let your wrists rest on a hard surface.  That is a sure fire way to accelerate carpal tunnel syndrome.  If you need to rest on something get a softer surface elevated and rest the meaty part of your palms on it.  The best thing though is to hover your wrists and keep them parallel to your forearms.
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Re: keyboard legs - to use or not to use?
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 01 March 2015, 15:07:33 »
There has been a thread about this precise topic on the front page of the 'keyboards' subforum all week:
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=69237

Or if you do a search, there are like 20 older threads about this topic.

[Note: Iím not trying to criticize making a new thread; just suggesting places you might look for some answers. Welcome to geekhack!]
« Last Edit: Sun, 01 March 2015, 15:11:51 by jacobolus »

Offline j-c

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Re: keyboard legs - to use or not to use?
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 01 March 2015, 16:07:21 »
thank you both, I will read that article.

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Re: keyboard legs - to use or not to use?
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 02 March 2015, 03:57:02 »
Welcome to Geekhack!

Now that this thread is kinda superfluous, you can lock it by clicking the LOCK button in the lower left corner of the page.
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