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This is a curved keyboard.
This keyboard works better than a normal keyboard.
The numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard, makes a mouse or trackball fairly far away on the right. Often I slide the keyboard to the left when I use a mouse or trackball.
My wrists rest on the table and on the lower edge of the keyboard, but my fingers are still floating above the keys. This is not relaxed.

From a curved keyboard to a keyboard in two parts is a small step.
With this keyboard I can place a trackball in the middle. But sliding the keyboard aside if I want to use a pen-tablet is awkward.
This keyboard was also too thick and clumsy for me. It can be placed diagonally, so the back side (where the function keys are located) is a lot higher. That is however not suitable for me, since my table height is higher than normal.
I would like to try to place the keyboard parts on the left and right side of my chair, in such a way that my arms are hanging downwards. But in the thin cable between the two parts run 26 threads. So that won't be easy. It is probably easier to use two keyboards (each consisting of two parts), and place one part of each keyboard on the sides of my chair.

This is a compact keyboard:
compact keyboard
Brand and type: "ErgoStars Aquarius", "Q-Board Ergostars," "Monterey K371M".
Price: between 35 and 50 euros.
With this keyboard, the mouse is not so far to the right.
The keyboard is sold as an ergonomic keyboard. Because the mouse is not so far to the right, it does indeed make a difference to my neck problems.
The quality of pressing a button is however not good. If I type lightly, some characters are missed now and then, and there is also a delay.
My ideal keyboard would be a compact and curved keyboard, and with keys that needs to pressed only lightly.
Below a picture of how big the difference between this keyboard and my curved keyboard:
difference in size of two keyboards

The bluetooth keyboard below is even smaller. The keys are still at the same distance as a normal keyboard.
bluetooth keyboard
I bought this bluetooth keyboard (without a brand or a type) in 2010 for 13 euros. I use it for my trolley computer.
Typing on it is not as easy as on a normal keyboard, and I prefer a curved keyboard, because I am used to that.

The wireless keyboard below is small and includes a trackball.
wireless mini keyboard two small keyboards
Type: TKB-1012
Price: 39 euros
With this wireless keyboard, the keys are smaller than normal. It is therefor not meant to type a lot with it. There's also a trackball in the keyboard, so an extra mouse is no longer needed. Unfortunately, there was a manufacturer fault in it, the clicking with the mouse buttons did regularly not work. So I had this keyboard returned.

This is a compact keyboard, which can be split into two parts:
splitted keyboard splitted keyboard splitted keyboard
Brand and type: Siemens Ergo Delta.
Price: Between 100 en 150 euros.
I paid 20 euros in 2010 for a second hand one. This keyboard has many possibilities: it can be split with multiple positions; the center can be raised; the back can be made higher; the palm rests on the front can be raised and the palm rest can be removed.
Yet it does not type so pleasant for me.
In 2016, this keyboard is still the keyboard that I use.
The keyboard above has an old PS/2 connector. In 2017 I bought such a keyboard with a USB connector. It was a used keyboard and I paid only 25 euros. It is now called a "Fujitsu KBPC E USB US" keyboard. The quality seems a little less than the first one.
I still use this keyboard in 2019.

There are more keyboards consisting of two parts, without a numeric part, and with a lighter and shorter stroke for the keys. But to press a function key, the hands still needs to be lifted.

Last change to this page: June 2019