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  • Type in total comfort - split keyset ergonomic design encourages natural wrist and arm alignment so you can work without discomfort
  • Wired USB plug-and-play: no software needed, just connect the keyboard to your PC and go
  • Taskbar favourites, multimedia and customisable hotkeys
  • Downward sloping cushioned palm rest provides support for neutral wrist position
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Technical Details
BrandMicrosoft
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions52.8 x 28.6 x 8.3 cm
Item model numberB2M-00008
SeriesNatural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
ColorBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB000B9RYG8
Best Sellers Rank 919 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
Date First Available1 Jan. 2001
  
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Product Description

Enhanced design positions your hands for comfort. The improved split design encourages a more natural hand, wrist and forearm position and its curved key layout makes keys easier to reach.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

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231 of 235 people found the following review helpful By Neil Cahill on 8 Sept. 2006
As a programmer, I type many hours every day and for a long time have been looking for ways to ease the stress my hands endure. At the moment, the available selection of ergonomic keyboards is very dire, but since buying this keyboard I can thankfully say this is not a problem.

Not all keyboards are created equal when it comes to ergonomics. One of the worst things about normal keyboards is their flatness. This keyboard and its predecessors have a raised middle which allows your hands to maintain a more natural angle. The gradient is slight but because human fingers are different lengths, it adds to the angle that your hands naturally form with the keyboard.

The left and right groups of alphanumeric keys are split and rotated slightly outwards. Here too the angle should not be too much because, as we have fingers of varying lengths, our hands do form a natural angle already. My experience of 3 models of Microsoft Natural keyboards has led me to believe that this angle is plenty and a greater angle would probably be too much. If you keep your keyboard relatively close, this angle will definitely improve things.

This keyboard has reverse tilt but you can remove the attachment and it does still have legs at the back. Having the attachment is nice because you can decide which tilt is right for you. If your desk is very low, reverse tilt might be suitable. I use my keyboard on my lap and for me, the best is without the attachment or legs. Many people talk about the ergo-benefit of reverse tilt, but I think it is contingent on your situation. Choose whatever feels right for you.

Hunt-and-peck typists will find this keyboard difficult to use. Trained QWERTY typists might also struggle initially.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karen Shaw on 29 Dec. 2006
I recently got this when I lost the spacebar from my standard keyboard (long story, lost it whilst cleaning it!!) and since I got this the list of benefits has kept on growing.

1) It is insanely comfortable to use, the reverse tilt stops you straining your wrists and the split keys keeps your wrists straight, not bent at an uncomfortable angle.

2) The keys are easy to press and responsive. Even the spacebar, which is the size of belgium, reponds to a press anywhere on it, even the very corners.

3) It enables you to press down lots of keys at once, up to about 10 at once (well, I ran out of fingers at 10!!)

4) The media buttons (or whatever they are called). All the customisable buttons along the top are very useful. They save an endless amount of time because instead of having to reach over to your mouse every time you want to open a new program, you can have 5 saved to the favourite buttons, open your email, search for a file, open your internet browser, even scroll up and down a page, for each of these you just need to move a finger rather than reach over to your mouse.

5) If you need to do calculations often there is a hyperlink button to open the calculator (just above the number pad) and they have some extra buttons built into the number pad that you often need to use, =, (, ), and backspace.

All in all, if you need to use a keyboard for any length of time then get this
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Hardman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2006
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This is the most comfortable keyboard that I have ever used. The reverse slope that makes it look so unusual is a wrist saver in itself. Combined with the split down the middle, different size keys, gentle touch (no clackity-clack), and the comfortable wrist support at the front, the whole package is a major improvement over any other keyboard that I have used (and I thought previous Microsoft natural keyboards were way better than most standard keyboards). Short of spending a lot for a "specialist" keyboard that pretty much moulds around your hands, I cannot imagine anything better than this for normal money.

The downside to watch out for is that if you are right-handed, your mouse will be pushed far to the right. If you have problems with your right shoulder/arm then this may be a problem. In that case you may find switching from a normal mouse to a 3M Optical USB Ergonomic Mouse may help up to a point, although you will still be stretching - you just won't be twisting your wrist to use the mouse. For me, losing the keys between the main keys and the numeric pad would make this keyboard perfect as that would make it narrower and avoid that stretch (in the process I'd move the PrtScn, ScrLk and Pause buttons to above the numeric pad, replacing the keys that are there now). Microsoft may want to consider that. But in the meantime, be aware of the stretch if you are right-handed.

Note added April 2009 - I have two of these keyboards, one at home and one that I took into work to use there. On both, one of the supporting "legs" at the back has broken. Each time this has happened, the keyboard had been in use for less than a year. Neither had been misused. It seems that the plastic used is simply not durable enough. I'm not reducing my 5 stars because of this, but I am disappointed that this has happened twice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reginald Martin on 27 Dec. 2006
I've been trying out various keyboards in search of the perfect input device. I've tried two Logitech models; the MX5000 and the LX300, both wireless. The 5000 has Bluetooth connectivity problems and the 300 is okay in that department but has started to give me RSI problems so I've decided to widen my horizons by re-considering wired keyboards and looking at ergonomic models.

But let's get back to the Ergonomic 4000. First of all, it looks great with sliver and grey trim and buttons and the ergonomic design means it has an attractive curved shape.

Functionally, the keyboard is no slacker either. There are keyboard status LEDs in the middle which give the num lock, caps lock, function key and scroll lock status. The function keys double as program task shortcuts such as "Help", "Undo", "Redo", "New" etc as well as acting as normal F1 to F12 function keys - which you get depends on the status of the F Lock key - if it is pressed then the you get normal function keys. The row of silver buttons (not keys!) near the back edge can do things like open the web browser, email client etc. as well as providing 5 programmable buttons. The two buttons labelled "Back" and "Forward" under the space bar allow you to go to previous and next pages in your web browser - I use Firefox and these worked first time and didn't have to be re-programmed as with the Logitech keyboards. As for localisation there has been a problem with one or two Microsoft models which are not really UK keyboards, even though they are advertised as such and so initially I was wary about buying this keyboard so I did some research on the Web and found some close up pictures which showed the Ergonomic 4000 to have a real UK layout.
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