There are many ergonomic keyboards in the market but one stands out based on quality, portability and ease of use. If you are looking for the best wireless ergonomic keyboard in the market, check out the Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue keyboard. It is a wireless keyboard that can be split in half. It comes with a plastic tether that can be detached easily by sliding the release latch. The halves are connected with a 9-inch wire but if you need more separation of the halves you can get the 20-inch version.
Make sure to get the variant that complements your operating system.
The Best Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard to Avoid Wrist Pain
This split keyboard feature allows for the halves to accommodate the width of your shoulders and help align your wrist and arms to it. This simple correction in design significantly reduces the strain on my shoulders, neck and back. It seems that the greater width help keep my wrists, arms and back in a more relaxed and neutral position compared to the narrow “standard” keyboard that came with my computer.
Portable Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard
The keyboard is thin, black and made of strong plastic making it considerably lighter than mechanical keyboards. The keys are responsive though it lacks the springy feel that I am used to in my mechanical keyboard. It seems like a small tradeoff for having a thinner, lighter keyboard that you can actually bring with you anywhere.
While these keys do not give you that tactile response on keypresses, the keyboard is amazingly quiet. The keyboard layout is compact due to fact that the number pad keys were taken out. A compact design is more ergonomically desirable because you can position your pointing device closer to the keyboard and therefore, minimize large arm movements.
Minimizing large arm movements is just one of the ways to avoid wrist pain. Check this article to learn more on avoiding Repetitive Strain Injuries at work.
If you do not want to use the number keys on the top row, a simple work around is to remap the keyboard with a script to emulate the number pad.
Onboard Shortcut Keys
While the compact design removed the number pad, it did retain the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys that usually do not come with laptop keyboards. I love this feature since I do not have to use the mouse just to scroll up and down pages. In addition, it also incorporated shortcut keys for cut, copy and paste. These shortcut keys offer the convenience of using a single key to replace the usual key combinations I use in editing work. It also gives you the same convenience in surfing the web by providing a key to open your default browser and navigate to your home page. It has a back and forward button as well so you do not have to rely as much on your mouse to surf the web.
You can pair this keyboard with up to three Bluetooth enabled devices and switch connections to them easily. Connecting your keyboard to any Bluetooth enabled device is pretty straight forward. First, choose which channel you want to connect to by pressing function then any of the three available channels. Next, press the connect button at the back of the keyboard. Open the device’s Bluetooth setting and scan. Click on connect and type in the code shown on the screen. Now whenever you choose that channel, you are connected to that particular device and can now start typing.
Have a Bluetooth enabled TV? Use it as an extended monitor by attaching your laptop via HDMI and switch to it by using the function key. You can now use it to control your TV and do searches. You know how hard it is to input text using the TV remote control. Need to reply to text messages on your cellphone? You can connect your keyboard to it and type in your reply and go back to what you are doing on the computer.
Customizable Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard
Finally, you can customize the best wireless ergonomic keyboard with its optional attachments. I personally use the VIP3 Accessory Kit (V-Lifter and Integrated Palm Supports). It is ideal for users who prefer even more tenting of their keyboard. The VIP3 Accessory Kit makes it quick to switch between lateral inclinations or “tenting” of 10 and 15 degrees. This kit also provides wrists support to ensure a more neutral resting position for your wrists with the included, padded palm supports.
In conclusion, with its onboard keyboard shortcuts that lessens typing, adjustability to fit your body, compact, sturdy and lightweight design, the Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue keyboard had etched its name as the best wireless ergonomic keyboard in the market today.