Maltron Keyboard

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The Maltron keyboard, made by a company in UK.

This is the first ergonomic keyboard with bowl shaped concave typing surface. The company was founded in 1977.

“The company was founded by Stephen Hobday as a result of a meeting between himself and Lillian Malt” [ ]

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Maltron keyboard, with Maltron layout. 3104×1948

Here's the Maltron in action.

Maltron Ergonomic stenography touch typing audio transcription. (saxeharp )
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Maltron 2d flat keyboard. 3016×2088

If you type a lot, do not buy the flat version. Because you'll get wrist pronation problem. [see Is Keyboard Tenting Important?]

The Maltron comes with QWERTY or Dvorak keyboard layouts, but also available is its own Maltron keyboard layout.

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Maltron keyboard layout US

Note that the Maltron layout may in fact be more efficient than Dvorak, simply because it placed E on the thumb. See:

Following is a Maltron review, by a professional typer (the stenography typer in the video above). This means, if you are a programer, even if you work 60 hours weeks, the actual typing done by this guy is probably few times more than you. (i myself was once a data-entry clerk) His article is a very good one.

[Most Ergonomic and efficient keyboard By Joe. At , accessed on 2011-12-28 ]

See also: How Many Keystrokes Programers Type a Day?

Maltron vs Kinesis Size Comparison

Maltron and kinesis are about the exact same size.

Maltron vs Kinesis keyboard size comparison DSCF1837-s289x217
Ergonomic Keyboards Size Comparison

Maltron vs Kinesis

The Maltron is similar to Kinesis Contoured Keyboard.

Maltron is about $200 more than Kinesis, because each Maltron is individually ordered and crafted, not mass produced. Maltron is also ugly.

If price doesn't matter, i think Maltron is functionally better than Kinesis. because:

Here's a review, more about the physical characteristics of the keyboard. [Review of Kinesis vs Maltron By Hoggy. At , accessed on 2014-08-29 ]

Another review, by a programer. [Change is Good (Maltron vs Kinesis review) By Brian Fitzpatrick. At , accessed on 2011-11-23 ]

Who use Maltron?

Many emacs users use Maltron. I know the following:

Maltron Inside

This review is for keyboard connoisseurs.

“Maltron keyboard video tour” by Chyrosran22, 2016-10-12.

Where to Buy

Maltron keyboard

Note: as of 2017-04-29, the one on amazon sold by Maxi-Aids is 3 hundred dollars more than the price on the company's site.

Maltron Keyboard Gallery

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[image source, by NotThatGuyAgain, 2016-09-24]

Maltron Keyboard Gallery

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Concave Surface Keyboards

  1. Kinesis Advantage2
  2. Maltron
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  4. Dactyl Manuform
  5. Lime40
  6. Colosseum
  7. Naive
  8. ErgoWarp

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