Not taken with Apple's ultra-thin metal keyboard

This week we've all received new hardware and software at work. I'm more than happy with my new iMac but not so keen on the ultra-thin metal keyboard:



The feet at the back are tiny so the keyboard rests almost horizontally on the desk, forcing me to adopt a rather unnatural typing style – somewhat like a chimp with cramp in both hands. I've tried propping it up with a book but that just makes it wobbly.

The biggest problem, however, is that ultra-thin means ultra-light; as I type, the keyboard scoots away from my across my desk. After every sentence I have to pick it up and put it back in place.

Admittedly, none of my team-mates has this problem so it could just be my over-vigorous typing style. I do tend to bash the keys with some force (and volume).

My colleague suggested holding the keyboard in place with Blu-Tack, but what's the point of having all this high-tech equipment if you have to stick it down with low-tech stationery? Instead, I'm moving back to my old, thick, plastic keyboard...

3 comments:

Jonathon said...

Apple may make some beautiful hardware, but their ergonomics stink. I can't stand their mice and keyboards.

John Ross said...

I rather like the iMac keyboard, myself. You may be trying to use typewriter technique, but a computer keyboard is not the same - you're wasting an awful lot of energy if you're banging keys. I completely agree about the Mac mouse, though, it's murder on the shoulder muscles.

TootsNYC said...

I love mine, but I don't type on it at work.

My husband also slams the keyboard (honestly, it annoys the heck out of me--way too loud, and plus he could break the stupid thing!), and I've never heard him complain.

I adjusted to the SmartMouse, too.

Maybe *I* am not ergonomic, and that's why it works for me?