Is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Business Right for You?

By | September 22, 2016

My Rating:microsoft natural ergonomic keyboard 4000 business

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When you spend a lot of your day on a computer, it is important to stay comfortable to be able to work for longer hours and to reduce any risk of strains, muscle injury and RSI. This is what an ergonomic keyboard like the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 business strives to attain in its sleek but practical design.

It provides an integrated zoom function, customizable hot keys, an improved number pad and an easy to use ergonomic design. The size of this keyboard is 19.8″ (503 mm) by 10.3″ (262 mm) by 3.26″ 82.8 mm). All of these features and practical design utility at an affordable price.

Pros


This business ergonomic keyboard provides greater durability on the keys which have been observed by Microsoft to receive more wear and tear in a business environment rather than in personal or home use. This means that the keys which use macros such as control, alt and windows keys are strengthened and made to be more durable.

The overall durability of this model is much higher than that of its competition and others within the Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard range.microsoft natural ergonomic keyboard 4000 review

The design in terms of reach and rest for the users hands is made for users that use the keyboard for long periods of time and use remains comfortable after many hours of work.

Providing many shortcut keys including a zoom function toggle and easily accessible programmable keys for your choice of specific functions to be added such as compose email or open specific applications. The improved number pad means that input of number strings and calculations are made to be a breeze.

There is an integrated f-key lock to stop interruptions to your work in the case of accidental key strikes. At the same time it has a comfortable wrist rest built in for your palms and wrists to sit on to ensure that you can comfortably use the keyboard for a long time without getting strained wrists.

Cons


The keyboard is rather large and unwieldy so it can be difficult to find a space large enough to fit it if you have a desk that is fairly full or has little room to place a keyboard.

Another issue with this keyboard is that it only has 5 customizable shortcut keys which is a start, however there is plenty of space on this large keyboard to fit more for people who do not use the regularly included shortcut keys as often as shortcuts of their own creation.

The keyboard does tend to wear out rather fast if it is being used for more than 8 hours a day to be prepared to replace this keyboard every 12 to 18 months particularly if you tend to give the keyboard a little bit of a beating.  Then again it really is an entry level keyboard at a really affordable price.Customer Reviews

Verdict


Overall this keyboard is well worth the investment with its well researched and designed features. The quality is of a high standard for an ergonomic keyboard at a reasonable price. If you are looking for a keyboard that is comfortable to use for a long period of time and you have the desk space then the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 business is at the top of the list for both features and quality.

8 thoughts on “Is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Business Right for You?

  1. Vinnie Prasad

    Great review and compared to other keyboards on the market i find it to be really cheap. Do you think they go for $32 retail?

    It’s something i would love to use at work and is durable as you have said. Do find they are too big? I’m only assuming from the images. How big are they?

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    1. Marc Post author

      Prices very all the time. I have seen them as cheap as $32 and as expensive as $59. I try to find the best deals I can and keep things updated. They are a little bit big but they are great keyboards for the price. As I stated above they are 19.8″ (503 mm) by 10.3″ (262 mm) by 3.26″ (82.8 mm). Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      Marc

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  2. Jojo

    This does seem like a good investement. It is certainly not a lot of money if it can help to prevent injuries. I used to work in an office myself and I am absolutely aware of strain on your shoulders, neck and forearms when sitting by your computer all day. Equally important of course is to have the right office chair.
    Nowadays I drive a truck and in modern trucks there all kind of adjustments you can do to the seat and the steering wheelin order to reduce strain on your back, neck, shoulders and joints. When sitting too much whether it is in a vehicule or office, it soo important to maintain the right posture.
    Thank you for this article.

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    1. Marc Post author

      Jojo,

      Thanks for your comment. I think too many people neglect the ergonomic aspects of things and how much it can actually help them feel better and be more efficient.

      Best of luck to you with all your driving. You still might want to think about an ergonomic keyboard, even if you dont use the keyboard all the time. Every little bit helps.

      Marc

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  3. Cathy

    I like things that are ergonomic but my experience with keyboards hasn’t been the best. The last time I tried one, my fingers felt very disoriented and I ended up typing more errors on my computer.

    I guess I’ve become quite accustomed to the ‘normal’ keyboards and my wrist has adapted perfectly fine. So I don’t think I’ll be investing in an ergonomic one anytime soon.

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    1. Marc Post author

      Cathy,

      Thanks for the comment and I respect your choice of not using an ergonomic keyboard. Yes there is some learning curve to them, but in short time you actually type less errors due to less fatigue.

      Marc

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  4. Marlaine

    My office job that I had prior to heading off into the Stay At Home Mom world was full days on a computer. My fingers flew all day long. I enjoyed the work, but within a year of heavy typing, I was showing serious signs of a bad case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Not good. My boss offered to buy me one of these ergonomic keyboards to try out and after a few days of getting used to it, I loved it! And within a month or so, the pains in my wrists were lessening… and then stopped completely! True story! I am TOTALLY sold on ergo keyboards – and this one looks like it has pretty much everything.

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    1. Marc Post author

      Marlaine,

      I am glad it helped you out. Many people don’t know how much they can actually help even if you are not a heavy typist. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

      Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to see on the site.

      Thanks Again!

      Marc

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