One of the few things that I dislike about my PowerBook is common to all laptops that I know of: non-ergonomic keyboards. This laptop has a fine keyboard overall – one of the best I’ve used – but it uses the traditional square-key, rectangle, wrist-destroying layout that most traditional keyboards use. I’m already at the point that my wrists and fingers start hurting after coding for an extended period of time, so I try to use an external natural keyboard when I can. But darn, my laptop is sooo convenient, I just can’t bring myself to haul around a big old keyboard with it when I’m not at my desk. So I wind up spending a lot of time typing directly on the laptop.

I just looked at Microsoft’s new Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, and I want one. Notice how you can tilt the whole thing down and away from you, creating a much more comfortable wrist bend. Incidentally, it, like all of the other Microsoft hardware I’ve bought recently, supports Macintosh very well. Since I use my Mac as often as my Windows boxes, I appreciate that.

Anyway, I just wish there were a reasonable laptop manufacturer out there that would somehow figure out how to build a split, downward-tilted keyboard into a laptop. I’d even deal with a bigger/heaver laptop in exchange for a more comfortable keyboard. My guess is that I won’t get my wish anytime soon.

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