My pal Tony sent me this shot of his old Olympia manual typewriter keyboard. Amazing how few keys we got by with.
Olympia Portable Keyboard
Nowadays we have a lot more keys to worry about – not to mention that weird little pre-trackpad ‘wart’ for cursor control.
HP Portable Keyboard
Then there’s your typical home PC keyboard. I think I paid a whole $7 for this one. Very light, very cheap but works fine on Mac or PC.
KeyTronic Cheapie Keyboard
MS Ergo Keyboard
Then there’s the truncated Apple iMac keyboard that was on my jukebox – I decided to try the KeyTronic cheapie and it works fine. Better set of control keys.
Apple early-generation iMac keyboard
My current keyboard – the Matias Tactile Pro. It’s noisy but it types very nicely. Five-year warranty.
Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard
Here’s all of em together for comparison.
* There’s an outstanding article on Repetitive Strain Injury by Tina Richardson at dopasolution.com. It’s fully WC3 compliant and should work properly with most if not all assistive technologies. Thank you Tina!