Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 Helps Your RSI For Cheap

Although I don't suffer from serious RSI, I've always favoured ergonomic keyboards because they offer an easy way to force myself to keep my hands in the correct posture to avoid wrist pain. The problem though, is that most ergo keyboards are chunkier and taller, which is bad for people who like laptop-like low profile keyboards. Microsoft's Comfort Curve 3000 is a meshing of the two ideas.

I've used it for about 2 weeks now, and find it quite pleasurable to type on. The feedback is similar to the Microsoft Arc I tried out last year, but a lot wider, because it's a full-sized system keyboard, and thus faster to type on.

There's enough feedback to make typing tactile enough, but not too much to make things super clacky. This, of course, is a subjective thing, so you'll want to try it out before you buy.

Adam Pash, who does have RSI, and also prefers low-profile keyboards, says this about his experience:

I used to have this bulky ergonomic keyboard but stopped using it, at least in part because it had the footprint of a boombox, and with the height of my desk, put my wrists at an uncomfortable angle. This keyboard's lower profile and small footprint has me giving ergonomic keyboards another shot.

One of the best (and most surprising) things is that it's only around $40. Microsoft has a cheaper keyboard - the Curve 2000 - but it doesn't seem as low-profile as this one. Note though, that it's wired USB, in case that makes a difference for you.

The largest complaint I have is that the arrow keys have no separation from the Right Ctrl and 0 key on the numpad, which means it's hard to move your hand over to the arrows by touch. You may get used to it eventually, but that takes a while.

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Comments

    Huh? Tell me that's not a wired USB cable?! Aren't those things extinct?

      On an ergo keyboard - why would it matter if its cabled? The main reason I can see for a wireless keyboard is if you want to type in places other than at a desk - and that kind of defeats the purpose of using an ergo keyboard in the first place.

      Personally, I prefer wired 'boards. I seldom move it anywhere, and there's no batteries to worry about.

    I find the biggest RSI source for me is the position of the mouse. Why aren't there ergonomic curved keyboards with detachable number-pads that can be moved to the left side (like the MS sidewinder http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/sidewinder-x6-keyboard).
    This would allow the mouse to be in a better position.

      There's lots, just Google it.

        Ah, if only your response addressed the "ergonomic curved" and "detachable" parts of my comment.

        I've only seen one such keyboard to date.
        http://www.trulyergonomic.com/index.html
        It has many interesting changes to the standard layout to get used to, but the downsides are it has no numpad at all, is pre-order only and will be at least $240 to get it here (before paying for a new usb numpad).

          You're right - I didn't really answer your question at all.

          The best IMO would be the Kinesis Freestyle with the option tenkey attachment. You'll be paying for the import and 'luxury' again, though.

          An alternative is to get just the keyboard and setup a hotkey in your OS to switch to 'function' mode so you can use the UIO/JKL/M keys as the tenkey.

          I went through this about 4 months ago. The best was a mechanical tenkeyless that isn't 'ergonomically' shaped - I've noticed massive improvements in my wrists / fingers since i started using proper mechanical keys rather than rubber dome ones (which are in the Kinesis, but the Truly Ergonomic has Cherry MX Browns).

    "...The largest complaint I have is that the arrow keys have no separation from the Right Ctrl and 0 key on the numpad, which means it’s hard to move your hand over to the arrows by touch. You may get used to it eventually, but that takes a while..."

    If hardware manufacturer's can generally agree on the position of the alpha-numeric keys, why is it that so many seem to disagree on the positioning of the Insert, Delete, etc keys, the arrow keys, and the num pad?

    I use Home, End, Page Up and Page Down a lot for navigating a lot when browsing online, and Delete regularly gets used when typing - having to learn different locations of these keys for different keyboards is a major pain in the ass!

    "There’s enough feedback to make typing tactile enough..."

    Since I got my mechanical tenkeyless keyboard (not an 'ergonomic' layout), I'll never look back to a rubber dome style keyboard.

    All the pain in my fingers has gone due to every key having exactly the same pressure before it 'hits'. And, all the pain in my wrists has gone as the mouse sits nice and close and the keyboard is fairly weighty meaning nice and stable :)

    Where can I find a retailer in Australia who's got this in stock?

    I have a Deck 82 http://www.deckkeyboards.com/product_info.php?products_id=30

    BUT if you're getting pains in your hands and arms, don't ignore it. Go and see an occupational therapist, preferably one who specialises in hand and arms. When I did, I got a bunch of exercises to do. If you keep doing them regularly, you will see benefits. It's been about a month now and my arms and hands are a lot better.

    Not another kb with the stupid double height delete key.

    I like the layout of the 6 block, i still use a MS Internet keyboard (PS2 with USB adapter no less) becuase of all the crap they keep shoving on to keyboads and screwing with a god layout).

    Leave off the stupid F-lock, half height f keys and 5key delete key area block. Not to mention keep the arrow keys in their traditional design.

    My worst hate in modern keyboards is when they place the forward slash key between the Left Shift and Z key. Infuriating when typing.

    so where do you buy it in Sydney? no one has it available

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