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Ergonomic keyboards for mac

IClever GK08 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - Rechargeable Wireless Keyboard Ergonomic Full Size Design with Number Pad, 2.4G Stable Connection Slim White Keyboard and Mouse for Windows, Mac OS Computer 4.4 out of 5 stars 467 $36.99$36.99 Get it as soon as Mon, Jul 20. Best Ergonomic Keyboard For Mac Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 This model has a cutting-edge design, and some of the key features are intuitive Zoom Slider, customizable hotkeys, and improved number pad. Typing on it is a pure pleasure, so if you want a keyboard from Microsoft, feel free to go for this one.

An Ergonomic Keyboard is a small change that can yield huge returns.

  • From ergonomic solutions like lightweight travel keyboards workers can slip into briefcases to wrist-friendly numeric keypads that makes number crunching easy, we carry every kind of keyboard to suit each individual’s custom needs, including those that use Mac products. And we sell more than ergonomic keyboards.
  • Like most ergonomic keyboards, this one takes a little time to adjust to, partly because of the split keyboard design, but also due to its high actuation force. The old-school Mac keyboard.

Working at the office doesn’t have to be a pain, but for a lot of us, the office has become exactly that. As we spend longer hours in front of the computer, typing away on our keyboards, we are developing Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs), like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, at higher rates. The addition of small, portable devices into our lives has only exacerbated the problem. These little computers force us to struggle with tiny keyboards and trackpads in a manner that doesn’t support our joints, hands, or wrists. For businesses, this is bad for the bottom line. After all, workers in pain produce less, have higher absentee rates, and create a higher number of workers’ comp claims. At Goldtouch, we believe it’s time to usher in the age of productivity. Over the years, we’ve created an entire line of ergonomic products — from keyboards to mice, numeric keypads to wrist rests — that are strategically designed to make users more comfortable and more productive by supporting their individual bodies and working styles.

Need keyboards for your whole team? Contact a Goldtouch Enterprise Specialist today.

Shop Popular Ergonomic Keyboards

Goldtouch V2 Adjustable Keyboard PC and Mac (USB)

$115.00

Goldtouch V2 Adjustable Keyboard PC Only (USB)

$105.00

Goldtouch Go!2 Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard PC and Mac

$139.00

Goldtouch Go!2 Mobile Keyboard PC and Mac

$119.00

“I love my keyboard, I am extremely satisfied with your products and would recommend them to others. I did a lot of research on keyboards before purchasing yours and I feel it is the most comfortable keyboard. Thanks, I love it.”

Linda K., San Francisco, CA

Above are our top selling ergonomic keyboards. Visit our online store to see our entire collection of keyboards, or contact a Goldtouch Enterprise Specialist today.

How Can an Ergonomic Keyboard Help Your Business?

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that employers pay $20 billion in workers’ compensation claims every year for RSI-related injuries.
  • On average, for every 1 person who reports RSI-related pain, 15 people do not, letting their injuries worsen until they eventually need to get surgery or drop out of the workplace altogether.
  • Goldtouch has saved dozens of companies millions of dollars (including one company that saved $14 million) just by employing Goldtouch ergonomic solutions throughout their organization.

The Goldtouch V2 Comfort Keyboard

The biggest problem with traditional keyboards is that the keys are laid out straight and flat, causing users to splay their hands in unnatural positions. This is a major contributing factor to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. In contrast, Goldtouch makes ergonomic split keyboards that pull apart in the middle and adjust from 0-30o on both the horizontal and vertical planes to help align and straighten the wrists, arms and shoulders. This allows each individual to find the angle that works best for them and type in the most natural and comfortable position.

Goldtouch ergonomic keyboards are slim and lightweight, making them an attractive addition to any desktop. Even better: Many of our keyboards were created with portability in mind. The Goldtouch Go!2 Mobile Keyboard is an example of our ergonomic mobile keyboards. As more of us work long hours in coffee shops, airplane seats, and hotel rooms, the notion of Mobile Ergonomics has become increasingly important to us, and we’re creating products to address it.

From ergonomic solutions like lightweight travel keyboards workers can slip into briefcases to wrist-friendly numeric keypads that makes number crunching easy, we carry every kind of keyboard to suit each individual’s custom needs, including those that use Mac products. And we sell more than ergonomic keyboards. You can overhaul your entire workspace with one of our Ergo Suites, which combine the products you need to make your workspace fit you.

Top Ergonomic Keyboards For 2019

With 2019 upon us, what are some of the popular ergonomic keyboards for the year? It depends on what your individual needs are, but below are the three most popular keyboards here at Goldtouch.

The second generation of the premier keyboard, the V2 Adjustable Keyboard is as popular as ever. With the ability to adjust up to 30 degrees on both the vertical and horizontal planes, as well as the low key resistance, the V2 is as high quality a keyboard today as it was when it was introduced.

For individuals on the go, the Go!2 Mobile Keyboard is the choice. It also has adjustability up to 30 degrees on both the vertical and horizontal planes and responsive keys. It is lighter with a smaller profile than most ergonomic keyboards, making it great for when you have to carry it around and use it in different locations.

And if you’re looking for built-in security in your keyboard, the ErgoSecure 2.0 Smart Card Keyboard is for you. It features a fully integrated SCM STC II Smart Card Chip, which is fully compliant with security regulations, operates in both synchronous and asynchronous mode, is 3V and 5V selectable and provides a totally adjustable transaction speed. This keyboard is TAA Compliant, FIPS 201 Approved, ISO/IEC 15411 Compliant, and available via GSA. This keyboard has passed the following certifications: Microsoft WHQL, EMV Level 1, Mondex, CAC, PIV, American Express, Entrust.

Not sure which keyboard to buy? That’s understandable. With so much information out there it can seem daunting to decide on which one is perfect for your situation. That’s why we’re here. Contact us today with details on your situation and we’ll be happy to help you find the ergonomic keyboard that’s right for you.

Product Testing

To help make sure our keyboards are as dependable as they are useful, we put them through tests before they are introduced to teh public. This includes our Go!2 Mobile Keyboard. The extensive product testing on this keyboard includes testing the keys to make sure:

  • They are accurate in all areas (i.e., spacing, alignment in the row, keycap height alignment, keycap slant)
  • Offer a feeling of actuation (i.e., the keys are free from rough feeling and no abnormal sounds)
  • The operation life of the keyboard keys is optimal (function keys tested to 5M cycles minimum and standard and long keys tested to 10M cycles minimum)
  • The keyboards can withstand extreme temperatures
  • They are durable by completing a drop resistance test

Goldtouch Adjustable and Mobile Ergonomic Keyboards:

V2 Adjustable Keyboard — PC Only (USB & PS2)
V2 Adjustable Keyboard — PC and Mac Compatible (USB)
Go!2 Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard
Go!2 Mobile Keyboard (USB)
ErgoSecure 2.0 with Smart Card Keyboard Reader

Find your keyboard, or contact a Goldtouch Enterprise Specialist today.

Looking for more information on ergonomic keyboards? Check out our wealth of articles on the topic in our resource section. Below are some of the most popular posts the cover the subject of ergonomic keyboards.

Goldtouch is your home for information on ergonomic keyboards. If you’re in a hurry and just want to see our selection of product, head to our online store. To learn more about them, and to get answers to some of the most popular questions we get on ergonomic keyboards, continue reading. An Introduction to Ergonomic […]

By David Röthlisberger. Comments welcome at [email protected]

Last updated 4 Oct 2011. This article is Creative Commons licensed.

The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 doesn’t feel very “Mac-like”, at least not out-of-the-box. Read on for helpful settings to improve the experience, and a brief review of the keyboard at the end.

If your kernel panics, upgrade the drivers

OS X kernel panic

On Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), the IntelliType Pro 8.0 drivers caused me kernel panics at least once a day.

The recent 8.2 driversdon’t cause kernel panics on Lion (OS X 10.7). I haven’t tested them on Snow Leopard, but I assume it is the new drivers, rather than the new Operating System, that contain the fix. Readers have reported that the older 7.1 drivers work well with Snow Leopard (note that the 7.1 drivers say they are for the older Natural Keyboard Pro, but they also work for this newer keyboard). Let me know if you have tested other combinations of driver/OS versions.

Or don't use the Microsoft drivers at all

Ironically, the Microsoft drivers stop OS X from recognising the keyboard for what it is! Without the drivers, OS X reports “Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000”; with the IntelliType drivers, it’s a mere “Keyboard”.

With IntelliType drivers

As the last straw, if you remap your Caps Lock key to Control via Apple’s Keyboard preference pane, with the Microsoft drivers installed the remapping will be lost every time you restart.

The following table should help you decide whether you want the Microsoft drivers. More detailed explanations follow.

With Microsoft IntelliType driversWithout Microsoft drivers
Kernel panics with 8.0 drivers on Snow Leopard; fine with 8.2 drivers on Lion.No kernel panics.
Modifier key mappings...
lost every time you restart.aren't lost.
You can swap the Alt and Windows keys...
with the IntelliType software.with KeyRemap4MacBook.
You can use the Application key as a Command or Option key...
with the IntelliType software.with KeyRemap4MacBook.
Media keys all work correctly.

Only mute, volume and play/pause keys work. Web, search, mail, calculator, favourites 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, back and forward, and the zoom slider don’t work.

How to uninstall the Microsoft drivers

The IntelliType UnInstaller is in the Utilities sub-folder of your Applications folder. (If you installed the IntelliPoint mouse drivers, which were bundled in the same installer, the corresponding UnInstaller is in the same location.)

If you don’t want to run the uninstallers, you can remove the following manually:

  • /System/Library/Extensions/MicrosoftKeyboard.kext

  • /System/Library/Extensions/MicrosoftMouse.kext (if you also installed the IntelliPoint drivers)

  • /Library/Keyboard Layouts/Microsoft Keyboards.bundle

  • and the Microsoft Keyboard preference pane (open System Preferences, and right-click the Microsoft Keyboard icon, or drag it off the window in a puff of smoke).

Swap the Alt and Windows keys

Microsoft Natural modifier keys

The Windows key is automatically treated as Command (⌘), but on Apple keyboards the Command key is next to the spacebar, with Option (Alt) the next key out. On the Microsoft keyboard this is reversed, and the IntelliType drivers helpfully have a setting to reverse these two keys; luckily OS X also has this functionality built in.

It’s under the Modifier Keys button of the Keyboard System Preferences pane.

Ergonomic Keyboards For Macbook Pro

Simply map Option to Command, and vice-versa. These settings are per-keyboard, so you won’t mess up your MacBook’s built-in keyboard.

While you’re here you can also map your Caps Lock to Control, if you so wish.

Use the Application key as a Command or Option key

Application key

To the right of the spacebar, this keyboard has an “Application” (or Context Menu) key instead of a Windows key. The IntelliType drivers include a setting to treat this key as Command, but OS X has no such setting.

Apple’s customizable XML keylayouts only allow mapping key codes to output characters, but not changing or adding modifier keys. Graphical interfaces built on top of this mechanism, such as Ukelele, have the same limitations. You’ll need the open-source KeyRemap4MacBook.

In spite of its name, KeyRemap4MacBook works on any Mac (with OS X 10.4 or later). It doesn’t allow arbitrary key mappings, but, in the best open-source tradition, it does have zillions of settings. The one you want is under “For PC Users” » “Change PC Application Key” » “Application Key to Option_L” (i.e. left-option, not option+“L”). What you set here doesn’t seem to be affected by OS X’s own modifier keys remapping.

Media keys

The keyboard’s mute, volume and play/pause keys all work out of the box, no IntelliType required. There are no keys for previous/next song.

(Without the Microsoft drivers) None of the remaining media keys work (web/home, search, mail, calculator, “favorites” 1 through 5, back and forward, and the zoom slider).

Function keys

The Function keys (F1, etc) behave as such (as opposed to brightness, volume, etc), regardless of what you set in the Keyboard preference pane. If you press “F Lock” the F keys simply do nothing. Luckily the F Lock remembers its setting across reboots.

There is no Fn modifier key as on the Mac keyboards.

KeyRemap4MacBook allows you to map the F keys to the usual brightness, volume, etc. but then you’d lose the normal F keys.

Insert, Delete, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down

On the Mac OS there is no such thing as an Insert/Overwrite toggle (even on Apple’s extended keyboard there is no Insert key). So unsurprisingly, the Insert key does nothing.

Delete works. Page-Up and -Down work. Home and End scroll to the top and bottom of the window instead of moving the cursor to the beginning or end of the line (but this is consistent with the behaviour of Apple keyboards) except in Microsoft Office, where Home and End behave as on the PC.

Numeric keypad

Num Lock doesn’t work, but fortunately it is stuck in the numeric mode.

Final thoughts

Ergonomic Keyboard For Mac Amazon

Keyboard

I initially liked this keyboard: The split and tenting angles provide a comfortable resting position, it has Command, Option and Control keys for both hands, and the price is quite reasonable.

But after several months, I have stopped using this keyboard. It’s just too large! Keys like Return, Backspace, and Escape are quite far away from the home position. I don’t really need a numeric keypad (it forces the mouse that much further away). The keys are loud (especially the clunky spacebar) and the key travel distance (and the force required to press them) is more than I’d like.

These are of course quite personal opinions, and this keyboard could be just perfect for someone else. As a computer programmer I do a lot of typing, so I try to optimise for ergonomics.

Kinesis Freestyle for Mac:
No right-hand Control key

Ergonomic Keyboards For Mac Computers

I really like having all three modifiers (Command, Option and Control) available to my left and right hands, though this may not be so important for non-programmers. I don’t think I’d buy an ergonomic keyboard without this feature. The Kinesis keyboards, and Apple’s own keyboards (except the Apple external keyboard with numeric keypad), lack the right-hand Control.

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