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What is an Ergonomic Keyboard?

An ergonomic keyboard is a computer keyboard designed with ergonomic considerations to minimize muscle strain and a host of related problems. Typically such keyboards for two-handed typists are constructed in a V shape, to allow right and left hands to type at a slight angle more natural to the human form.

Types

Split Keyboard

A “fixed-split keyboard” is a single board, with the keys separated into two or three groups, allowing the user to type at a different angle than the typical straight keyboard.

An “adjustable split keyboard” has the keyboard split into several independent pieces, so the angle between them can be easily changed.

 

Contoured Keyboard

A further development of the split concept are contoured keyboards like the Kinesis Advantage line, which place the keys into two depressions set approximately at shoulder width, with function keys set between the key groups for use with the thumbs. In this configuration, very little movement of arms and wrists is required.

 

Angled Split Keyboard

The angled split keyboard (sometimes referred to as a Klockenburg keyboard) is similar to a split keyboard, but the middle is tented up so that the index fingers are higher than the little fingers while typing. Key Ovation makes the Goldtouch ergonomic keyboard which is an adjustable angled split keyboard.

 

Advantages

An ergonomic keyboard may reduce muscle strain and reduce risk of carpal tunnel syndrome or other kinds of repetitive strain injuries. After a user takes the time to adjust to this style of keyboard, they can help reduce strain and increase typing speed.

How to Care For Your Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards are made to be durable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t take damage when used or maintained incorrectly. Here are 5 things you definitely shouldn’t do to your mechanical keyboard:

 

1. Spill Something

It’s sort of a no-brainer, but liquids of any kind don’t mix well with electronic devices, and depending on the circumstances, a spilled drink may equal a replacement for your pricy keyboard.

The easiest way to avoid spills is to avoid having liquids at your desk. But let’s be honest, if you’re sitting at your desk for long periods of time, you’ll probably end up bringing a snack or drink to your desk, and spills do happen.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do if you have a spill. For starters, unplug your keyboard to prevent electrical damage and clean out as much liquid as possible with rags, towels, or by turning your keyboard upside down on a towel.

Depending on your type of keyboard and the type of liquid spilled, you may need to remove keycaps for deeper cleaning. Different keyboards have different steps for taking pieces apart, so you should look up your specific brand and model’s maintenance guide.

 

2. Forget to Clean

You didn’t buy your mechanical keyboard because it was cheap. You bought it because you wanted to invest in better equipment that should last a long time. If you don’t give it the proper maintenance, you may experience some performance issues like sticky keys or reduce the life of your keyboard. Plus, have you ever seen keyboards that haven’t been cleaned in a long time? They can get pretty gross.

Make regular cleanings a part of your routine to keep your keyboard from collecting germs, grime, and debris.

 

3. Clean Incorrectly

While you definitely should clean your keyboard once in a while, you should do it the right way or you may accidentally damage your keyboard.

Always check what your manufacturer recommends for cleaning, especially when using chemicals, such as isopropyl alcohol, or removing tricky pieces, such as larger keys. What works for one keyboard may break another.

 

4. Rage Smash

It’s super frustrating when your team loses a close game or you die on the last boss battle, but try not to take it out on your keyboard. Repeatedly pounding keys harder than necessary or hitting your keyboard with your fist or other objects can lead to broken keys or switches that can be difficult or costly to fix. Try to relieve stress in other ways that don’t involve raging on your keyboard.

 

5. Transport Incorrectly

Transporting your keyboard incorrectly can lead to similar problems as rage smashing, such as broken switches or keycaps.

Next time you have to move your computer, make sure to protect your keyboard from extra damage by using a snug case that will reduce impact. Keyboard slings are great portable options that protect your keyboard and make it easy to carry. Some, even protect your other gaming accessories like your mouse, cables, and headset.

 

Have you accidentally damaged a keyboard? How did you fix it?

Silicone Keyboards

 

 

Silicone keyboards are becoming more and more popular, they have several advantages and are extremely versatile.

For one they are very easy to clean and sanitize, most of the silicone keyboards that we carry are waterproof or water resistant so you can literally wash them with soap and water. To get other keyboards completely clean would require some dismantling and then you are running the risk of damaging your keyboard and/or voiding a warranty.  Spill coffee on the keyboard? No problem, just wipe it off and go about your day! The ease of cleaning and disinfecting is particularly useful in this day in age where we are worrying about flu bugs and other contaminants that we don’t want lurking in our work spaces. The keys are also silent, which is great in a very quiet environment, you get consistent performance with out the loud and at times irritating clicks.

Our keyboards are made of high quality silicone, and preform well in extenuating  environments such as warehouses that may be dusty or otherwise exposed to the elements, medical settings where patient health and safety is top priority or even just around the house where a child could spill a drink on the keyboard while doing homework.

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We offer a wide array of layouts and styles such as foldable flexible keyboards, full size silicone keyboards, compact silicone keyboards and wireless silicone keyboards.

The Car Steering Wheel Holder for Smart Phone is here!

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Car Steering Wheel Holder for Smart Phone!

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Customer Review of DSI Steering Wheel GPS Holder: Cool Mobile Convenience

Tim says:

I use my GPS on my phone frequently and this is exactly what I need. This makes it so much easier to drive and keep my GPS with in my line of vision. I am ordering one for my whole family.

I like this product. It is very useful and I used it mainly for GPS navigation and hands free talking.

 

Car Steering Wheel Holder for Smart Phone

Coming soon the DSI Car Steering Wheel Holder for Smart Phone!

These days we are more dependent than ever on our smart devices to help us get from point “A” to point “B” however, fumbling with your phone while trying to follow GPS directions your next destination can be distracting and dangerous.

 

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This is why DSI has designed our Car Steering Wheel Holder for Smart Phone, now you can keep GPS directions on your screen within eye level with out having up hold the phone in your hands. Also very convenient when using voice commands to operate your phone or while you have your phone connected to Bluetooth technology.

 

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