Writers Will Write: Finding the Right Keyboard
Keyboards get a lot of flack, because they have a tendency to cause pain and other ailments within long-time users. When you have a keyboard under your hands for 12 hours of the day, every single day, it’s bound to cause a few issues. One thing that a lot of people will tell you, is that you need a full-sized keyboard; but what if that wasn’t the case? I’m going to talk about the different types of keyboards available on the market right now, as well as how you can decipher which one you’ll make use of in a better sense. Keyboards should never be overlooked, especially if you’re constantly typing and writing new content. You only get out as much as you’re willing to put in!
Why Are Keyboards Important?
Keyboards can be equipped with certain features and mechanisms that make your typing experience much more bearable. If you’re suffering from Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the proper keyboard is going to be a must-have. There are options out there that feature gel-like padding on the wrist-rest component, and others are ergonomically designed to fit your wrists perfectly. There are so many on the market today, that it can be hard to identify the “perfect one”. Spending money on keyboards until you’ve found the proper fit is a terrible idea, so it’s always good to make sure you do a bit of research beforehand. Check out the manufacturers behind the keyboard, what are they like? Are people capable of respecting them? There are tons of questions to ask, but I’m going to talk about the few that I always ask myself.
Affordability – Is the keyboard you’re looking at affordable? Even if you have money to blow, I never suggest wasting money on trivial things. If you type a lot, you might want to spend a few hundred dollars on the perfect keyboard – but a few thousand? That’s absolutely crazy! Don’t let anyone up-sell you on a keyboard to that extent.
Durability – When you pay a certain amount of money for a keyboard, you sort of expect it to stick around for a long time. Durability is a big issue with keyboards, as they are constantly getting banged on (through typing). If you’re a “hard typer”, you don’t want a keyboard that’s cheap and flimsy – you’ll want one made of durable/long-lasting materials.
Accessibility – Are the keys placed properly? How does the layout feel? What are the comfort levels like? If you don’t see yourself using a specific keyboard every single day, odds are it won’t be the right fit for you. We all have personal preferences, even when it comes to keyboards, so what I like may not necessarily be for you as well. Now it’s a matter of figuring out what you like and finding it in keyboard products.
Keyboards and perfection can go together seamlessly, it’s just a matter of figuring out what you prefer. Once you have that, you can shop until you drop! Figuratively, of course.