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Kinesis Tries To Reinvent The Keyboard

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By Chris Scott Barr

Improving keyboard design seems to be about as challenging as building a better mousetrap. Sure, we see new keyboards all the time with tiny changes here and there, but always they have the same overall look and feel. Every now and then a new strange one will make its way onto the market, only to be forgotten a few short months later. The only one that’s really stuck around in any manner is the split-keys “ergonomic” style. Well the Kinesis Advantage keyboard takes that design to a new level.

I can’t really say too many bad things about a keyboard I’ve never used, but I do have some concerns. The biggest glaring one is that the rows of keys are situated directly above one another, rather than being slightly offset. I suppose that one might get used to it after a bit, but it seems like it would be counter-productive. I won’t pretend to know the science behind these things, but if that were the better option, wouldn’t all keyboards have their rows line up? Another big problem is the price, which is $300. There’s no advanced technology hidden inside of these things. It’s the same as any other keyboard on the market, only with the keys situated differently. Slap a small premium on it to recoup the money you spent researching and designing the thing. $280 is not a reasonable markup for essentially a redesigned $20 keyboard.

[ Kinesis ] VIA [ Technabob ]







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  • superswede

    This is not a new design – it exists at least in 1996.

  • finhead

    Geesh… one gadget blog posts about a gadget that's over a decade old and all of them pick it up like it's hot news. I've been using these for at least 10 years now. I know everybody can't keep track of everything but come on… this has been pointed out in every comment section on every blog I've seen it crop up on.

  • mcman

    Yea, I don't think so.

  • Jessicat

    I'd love to try it out. I love anything to help me from hurting myself.

  • http://SixtyEighty.com JadoJodo

    Fugly.

  • thechickenmoo

    This keyboard shows up in Men In Black. I can't remember the characters name, but the head honcho guy in the base is typing on it in one of the scenes

  • robburdon

    No idea why I know this, but thought I'd raise that the reason keys aren't lined up is not an ergononic consideration.

    When typewriters had levers to smash letters onto a page, they used to jam if the keys were directly above each other.
    The design just stuck around when we made modern keyboards.

  • robburdon

    No idea why I know this, but thought I'd raise that the reason keys aren't lined up is not an ergononic consideration.

    When typewriters had levers to smash letters onto a page, they used to jam if the keys were directly above each other.
    The design just stuck around when we made modern keyboards.