The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
is the exclusive keyboard at work and as such it will be the only keyboard I review in the near future. In the past I have used many different keyboards at work, college, grade school, and even at home.
This is a full sized keyboard ergonomically designed for comfort at the desk. The ergonomic features cause it to be a bit bulky so if you are limited on desk space then perhaps a different keyboard would be better. Out of the box it is USB plug and play, with forward and backwards buttons for internet surfing. A scroll button, a home key, a search button, an email button, volume controls and calculator button. I’m addition to those hot keys there are 5 other buttons that can be programmed for other functions.
I only use a keyboard at work because at home I use a fullsized (17″ widescreen sager) gaming laptap and my lap desk barely has room for a wireless mouse. With that in consideration if I bought a keyboard tomorrow this is the exact keyboard I would buy (as long as it fit my desk). Microsoft hit a home run with this device and a person can use it comfortably all day with any activity. After thousands of hours of use on multiple identical keyboards the only complaints I have been able to come up with are:
A) The paint wore off the keys before the keyboard wore out…which really is minor unless you need the labels.
B) With a fulltime 24 hours a day 7 days a week work crew banging on these pads all the time. A single one of 60 has had a spring in the space bar quit providing adequate reflex.
Additionally it has legs that can be folded out to raise the rear of the keyboard and the grip pads on the bottom prevent the keyboard from rubbing on the surface and prevent the device from sliding.
The bottom line is that this is the keyboard I would buy and I don’t need to test any others because it is optimal and very well priced.