CNET has a preview of the new Comfort Curve 3000 Ergonomic Keyboard from Microsoft:
The new model is curved along a more severe arc than Microsoft’s previous keyboard. Its uniformly sized keys should help minimize the initial awkwardness we felt with the older Comfort Curve designs. It also incorporates a slightly elevated portion in the middle of the keyboard, which can help minimize joint pressure. We can’t confirm whether those features will offer tangible physiological benefits to everyone who uses the new keyboard, but you can also find out with relatively little risk when the Comfort Curve 3000 goes on sale in August for $19.99. [ read more ]
The previous generation of the product was the Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000.
I’ve been using the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 for several years now, am well satisfied with it, but if and when mine dies, I’ll be sure to take a good look at the Comfort Curve series, as well as competing products such as the Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard.
Here are a couple of preview photos from Microsoft:
And here are the features touted by the manufacturer:
Your hands will thank you
It’s ergonomist approved and helps provide a more natural wrist position that just feels right from the first time you use it.
Contour: it’s familiar, yet modern
All the keys are the same size and in a familiar place, even with the contoured design. The slim, glossy design saves space and makes a statement on your desktop.
Contour key bed
Designed to provide more direct key strikes for less finger effort.
Easy-access media keys
Control your music and videos, and open the Calculator with the touch of a key.
If you’ve used one of the “Comfort Curve” line of keyboards, feel free to comment with your impressions!