My one problem with the standing desk was the height of the keyboard. If I put a keyboard on the lower part of the desk, it’s too low for comfort, because the desk surface is about three inches below my elbow, and I have to bend my wrists up to type. Placing the keyboard on the higher part of the desk where the monitor sits is better for the wrists, but I have nothing to rest my hands on as I type. I tried putting a riser under my regular keyboard, but the angle was still all wrong.
Then I saw this thing at BestBuy and took it for a little test drive. It’s a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Say what you want about Microsoft, but on occasion they come up with some decent hardware. (Their Optical Trackball, now discontinued, was the best trackball on the market, and used models fetch crazy-high prices on fleaBay whenever they surface.)
At first I hated it. Not the feel, mind you—this is one comfortable keyboard. It has a padded faux leather palmrest, and the size and shape are just right. What I couldn’t get used to at first was the split design. I’m not a touch-typist, and the split layouts are pretty awkward when your fingers routinely cross the center line of the keyboard. But I loved the feel, and Newegg had them on sale for $24.99 with free shipping, so I decided to give one fair shakes for a few days. I put a standard keyboard in front of the monitor as frustration insurance, and gave my hands and fingers some time to readjust to the new keyboard.
On Day Two, I put the other keyboard back in the parts bin, because I was constantly reaching for the split type instead.
The split design works very well (it keeps your hands at their natural alignment angle instead of forcing them to bend to conform to a straight line board), but the killer feature for me is the negative tilt. It comes with a detachable riser piece at the front of the keyboard that tilts the whole affair downward at a reverse slope angle:
That’s the ideal angle for this particular keyboard shelf on this desk for someone my height.
It’s not perfect—I prefer mechanical keyswitches, and I could do without all the extra buttons at the top that make an already large keyboard about the size of a park bench, but the damn thing is so comfy and works so well that I can forgive its shortcomings. Now
I can run around in Skyrim dominate noobs in BF3 compose epic prose in total wrist-and-hand comfort.