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Split Keyboards

The split keyboard design is a fairly uncommon type of keyboard. Split keyboards group the keys into two or more sections and can either be adjustable, or fixed, where you cannot change the positions of the sections. These keyboards can promote a neutral wrist position, combat carpal tunnel syndrome (RSI) and give the user the flexibility to alter the design of their keyboards.

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Split Keyboards FAQs

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, systems and environments so that they fit people of various stature. In the workplace, this process helps make the job safer and more efficient. To achieve good office ergonomics, most workplaces give their employees ergonomic equipment such as keyboards, mice and other relevant items.

What is an ergonomic split keyboard?

An ergonomic keyboard is a keyboard that is designed to fit the user better, rather than the user needing to make adjustments in order to fit the keyboard. Most ergonomic keyboards are designed to fit the vast majority of body types and shapes.

Why is it important to use an ergonomic split keyboard rather than a standard keyboard?

Many studies suggest that using a standard keyboard for only 20 minutes per day can already result in injuries, which highlights the importance of ensuring that the keyboard you use is ergonomic. Over time, continued use of a flat keyboard can contribute to slow and steady injury caused by turning the wrists inward. Ergonomic keyboards are designed to relieve the strain a standard keyboard forces on a person’s body by offering a more natural angle and fit.

What are the benefits of a split keyboard?

Split keyboards help keep your wrists straight because the keys are laid out in a sloped position. Furthermore, the ability to separate the keyboard into two parts means you can place the keyboard on your desk in a way that is most comfortable to you. Spreading out your hands while typing can help relax your shoulders as well.

What are the different types of split-style keyboards?

Split keyboards are often categorised in two styles: two separate pieces or a single unit with a split layout:

Split keyboard with two separate pieces

this kind of keyboard is made of two parts, with each half containing a portion of the keys. The two parts are either connected via a cable or a ball joint, or connect to your computer wirelessly. Some designs allow you to also change the vertical angle of the keyboard pieces.

Split layout keyboard

This kind of keyboard is made out of one piece and uses the same layout as a standard keyboard. The only difference is that the keys are split into two groups and are usually sloped or curved to help you type with your wrists in a natural position.

Is it hard to type on a split keyboard?

For split keyboards that maintain the same staggered layout as a typical keyboard, it will not be too hard to adapt quickly. There will be some adjustment for the middle keys that people often use the wrong hand for.

For split ortholinear, split columnar or regular ortholinear keyboards, the learning curve is a bit steeper, requiring a few weeks to get used to the more significant layout changes.

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