Summary: i have been using this keyboard for 10 years, my old one broke and i wanted the same exact model the one that i got to replace my old one came and was slightly smaller and made of a lower grade plastic so, overall i still want this type of keyboard because it is supposed to prevent carpal tunnel but was a little disappointed that they just dont make these keyboards like they did in the past
Summary: This was my first ergo keyboard. I really liked the slope of keys - pretty comfortable. I think it would be perfect for someone who's used to "conventional" touch typing (i.e. positioning your fingers where they're actually supposed to go). Unfortunately that isnt me - my typing style has evolved over years of hanging out in chat rooms etc. I've never actually taken a typing class.
Summary: don't get me wrong, this is an AWESOME keyboard - the best ever made, but BUYER BEWARE --- IT WILL NOT WORK WITH ANY OPERATING SYSTEM OTHER THAN WINDOWS XP!!!! YES, the basic keys type their letters, but NONE of the other functions will work, because you can NOT load the older drivers (Vista and 7 will not LET you)... and the new drivers do NOT include this model!!!
Summary: I have used an Ergonomic Microsoft Keyboard for several years now and have gotten so used to it that it is hard to type on a standard keyboard. I have two computers, one linux and the other windows xp. I use a USB KVM to switch between the two computers. The present MS Ergo keyboard I have is PS2. I bought this one because it indicated that it was USB. I found out after receiving it, that it is the same keyboard I had with a PS2 to USB converter.
Summary: You need more than a slight tilt and slight elevation if you want to seriously avoid CTS in the wrists. The ONLY natural position would be one that has your palms facing each other, just as if you were holding a book out in front of you. There ARE a few keyboards like that out there - dramatic and hi-tech looking - but they cost around $250. If you TYPED for a living, all day long, OBVIOUSLY the $250 would be WELL worth it.
Summary: I like the overall keyboard layout with the exception of non-standard cursor arrows, after a week I still could not adapt to them, and I use them a lot in my work. I have noticed that newer versions of Natural keyboard use standard layout for arrows.
Summary: I have used the Microsoft Ergo Keyboard for a decade. I still have the one that I bought for my Pentium 120 in my office hooked up to my modern day AMD Athlon XP machine. It's been a real trooper and has probably single handedly saved me from carpal tunnel surgery. The first time that I sat down with the Elite version of this keyboard, I thought my fingers just weren't doing what they were told.
Summary: I, too, find Microsoft's re-arrangment of the Ins/Del set of keys as well as the arrow keys unfathomable. Hmm, maybe the geniuses at Sony designed this one. :) In any case, this is a comfortable keyboard, and affordable, and I would continue using mine despite the stupid key placements. The multimedia version if a little better, at least with the inverted T keys. BTW the pro version is discontinued.
Wish I'd read these reviews before buying the Elite
Susan B, Amazon
15 August 2002
Summary: If you only occasionally type, or you're a hunt-and-peck typist, then this keyboard would be an excellent choice for you. The split keyboard takes some getting used to if you've never used one before, but once you have, you'll never want to go back to a regular square model. The keys on this keyboard are perfectly shaped to cradle your fingers, and the space bar works effortlessly without having to pound your thumb.
Excerpt: Da mein Notebook keine PS/2 Anschlüsse hat und ich zu Hause nicht auf der kleinen Laptop-Tastatur schreiben möchte habe ich mir vor zwei Jahren eine USB Tastatur zugelegt. Da ich vorher schon mit einer geknickten Tastatur von Logitech gearbeitet habe sollte es wieder eine "Ergo" Tastatur sein, und als einziges Modell gab es damals das Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite.
Pros: Ergonomische Form, USB Anschluss, leicht zu reinigen
Cons: abweichende Tastenanordung, Störungen bei USB