The Advantage2 ergonomic keyboard features contoured design and low-force tactile mechanical keyswitches to address the major risk factors associated with keyboarding for maximum comfort.
Keywells are scooped into a concave shape to reduce hand and finger extension. Hands rest in a natural, relaxed position, with the fingers curled down to the keys. Keycap heights are varied to match the different lengths of your fingers. Less muscle tension and a shorter reach for keys increase efficiency and reduces fatigue.
Separate keywells for each hand
Separating the keywells positions the arms at shoulder-width to keep wrists straight and perpendicular to the home row. Typing with straight wrists is essential in avoiding injuries because it reduces abduction and ulnar deviation which can lead to pain and injury.
Separate thumb keys
Thumb keypad includes often used keys such as Enter, Space, Backspace, Delete and the combination keys, Control and Alt on the PC (Command and Option on the Macintosh). This redistributes the workload away from relatively weaker and overused little fingers to stronger thumbs as well eliminating extension for these more distant keys.
20-degrees of tenting
Keywells are “tented” at an optimal 20-degree angle moderately raising the thumb side of the hand Tenting puts you in a more neutral, “handshake” posture and reduces the stresses caused by forearm pronation and static muscle tension.
Vertical key layout
Keys are arranged in vertical columns (“orthogonally”) to better reflect the natural motion of fingers. Staggered keys found on conventional keyboards are an artifact of original typewriter design and only slow you down. Vertical keys reduce awkward extension and travel, and increase speed, accuracy, and overall comfort.
Integrated palm supports reduce stressful bending of the wrists (extension) and provide a convenient place to rest hands when not actively typing. Self-adhesive, cushioned palm pads (included) can be attached for maximum comfort.
Cherry MX (Brown) Low-force, tactile keyswitches
Semi-custom low force tactile design is a slightly elevated force around the midpoint of the stroke of the key which lets you know the switch is about to be activated. A tactile response is preferred by many ergonomists, because it cues fingers that activation is about to occur and is thought to reduce the likelihood or incidence or “bottoming out” the switch with a hard impact. The peak (tactile) force is ~55gm, following by an activation force of ~45 gm.
Cherry ML mechanical function keys
Mushy, rubber function keys are replaced with high-performance Cherry ML switches that offer the same low-force and tactile properties of the MX Brown.
May look big, but actually has a smaller footprint than a traditional keyboard and even many “ergonomic” keyboards because there is no numeric 10-key. Smaller footprint allows the mouse to be placed closer, reducing painful “over-reach”. Traditional 10-key is embedded in the right keywell.
Sculpted home row
Custom “cupped” keycaps in blue for the home row to keep you anchored while typing and provide a quick visual reference.
Optional electronic “click” that sounds right when a key press is registered to encourage proper typing form. The click trains you not to “bottom-out” on each key press which reduces unnecessary impacts to your fingers. Click sound can be deactivated with the touch of a button.
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