Introducing the kinder keyboard...; hardware review
Monday 26 February 1996
I decided a new routine, a new seat and a new keyboard were in order. And amid comments from friends that it was nothing more than designer junk, I bought one of Microsoft's Natural keyboards.
The Natural keyboard is about the same length as a traditional keyboard and has keys, but here the similarities end. The keyboard is sloped towards the user, with the main keys split into two areas. It has a palm rest and wrist lever built in, all combined to make typing more relaxed and comfortable.
The combination worked. I have found I can type more accurately, and faster, and have discovered I can touch-type after years of crossed fingers and hands. Typing is more comfortable and the new design easier to use than a conventional keyboard. I soon got used to the new layout, although my productivity dived while I was learning to use it. And I gather some people find they cannot get to grips with it, no matter what.
The keyboard comes with a piece of software, "IntelliType", which "learns" and corrects your common typing errors as you work. It also has three extra keys that allow you to take short cuts to launch applications when using Windows 95. The only problem is that it is easy to hit them by accident.
The Natural keyboard is not cheap, but it is much more than a designer peripheral - it is a valuable tool for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard, pounds 80 inc VAT (01734 271000).
Life & Style blogs
Versace haute couture review: Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
The face of fertility: why do men find women who are near ovulation more attractive?
What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
Minecraft: Story Mode trailer revealed with cast of stars
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Trainee Vehicle Inspectors / Pu...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£25000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This innovative online car purc...