Maltron Keyboard – Ultimate in Ergonomics?

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Maltron Keyboard

This Maltron keyboard has got to be the strangest keyboard I’ve ever seen, it’s also the most expensive are $489.99. So what’s so good about it!

With a conventional keyboard you generally use only 8 fingers meaning you’re wasting 20% of your pinkies. With the Maltron you get to use all 10 fingers meaning you can theoretically type faster. One of the other big bonuses of the Maltron keyboard is how it helps to prevent RSI, quoting the sales spiel:

The heart of the Maltron keyboard is the key switch. The Cherry MX switches are considered the best keyboard switches in the industry. Cherry switches are known to last 50 million key strokes per key! Many keyboard intensive users report that their keyboards last over 10 years despite heavy usage of the Maltron keyboard. Most inexpensive keyboards made today use cheap membrane key switches. The reason they use membrane key switches is because they are extremely inexpensive. You can buy a membrane keyboard for under $10. But the down side of membrane key switches is their short life, and the damage they cause to the users by causing RSI problems. Other advantages of the Cherry MX key switches are their low and consistant tactile pressure required to activate the key. The Cherry MX key switch is specifically designed to reduce the the pressure to the users fingers and hands.

One of the major causes of RSI is the need to pound the key of membrane key switches to make it activate. This constant pounding takes it toll on the human body over the years. Cherry MX key switches activate HALF WAY thru the key stroke. This means that the user does not have to pound the keys into the base of the keyboard. This significantly reduced the stress to the human body. Use a Maltron keyboard for a day, and you will be amazed the the results!

You can get further info and buy online from Think Geek.


One review or comment

TRCunning Says: July 10, 2006 at 5:34 am

According to Wikipedia, the Maltron was invented in the ’70s & the QWERTY model isn’t even the weirdest. There’s also a design for a single-hand or a single-finger. Strange.

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