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.
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.
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.
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.
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.