Kinesis Advantage2 Contoured Keyboard
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That keyboard looks like it went to Arizona and got melted. The Kinesis Advantage2 Contoured Keyboard isn't that different from most ergonomic designs, though. They all tend to be weird by nature - check out these ergo scissors and ergo pen. To match our weird bodies, I guess.
I already use a type of ergonomic keyboard at work, one with sloping QWERTY keys, split into right and left hand walls. I also heard a few weeks ago that people commonly type with their keyboards too high, or angled towards them, such that it increases pressure on the wrists, and also makes them shrug their shoulders. They end up having more wrist pain and create a lot of upper body and neck tension that can result in knots, headaches, and other pain. Your wrists should be neutral, not bent up or down, while you're typing, and your keyboard should be set just an inch or two above your thighs, tilted down and away from you. Elbows at your ribcage.
The Kinesis Advantage2 Contoured Keyboard has most of these recommendations built in to its design. You'll need to adjust the height of your keyboard's positioning - possibly by adding a keyboard tray to your desk setup - but the Advantage2 should be able to maintain your hands in a natural position from there. Its concave key wells support wrist neutrality and the downward tilt, as well as keep the hands separate. There are also separate thumb keys, palm supports, and low-force tactile key switches.
Functionally, the Kinesis Advantage2 is also an upgrade. It has a programming engine that allows you to customize the keyboard's layout without additional software or drivers. It's also compatible with all operating systems.