Maltron Keyboard Review

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The Maltron keyboard, made by a company in UK

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Maltron keyboard, with Maltron layout. 3104×1948 image source amazon

Here's the Maltron in action.

Maltron Ergonomic stenography touch typing audio transcription. (saxeharp )
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The flat version “Maltron 2d flat keyboard”. About USD$470 as of . image source 3016×2088

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

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Maltron US layout. image source

Note that the Maltron layout may in fact be better 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 10 times yours. (i myself was once a data-entry clerk) His article is a very good one.

Most Ergonomic and efficient keyboard By Joe. @

See also: How Many Keystrokes Programers Type a Day?

Maltron vs Kinesis Size Comparison

Maltron & Kinesis are about the same size. See: Keyboards Size Comparison: Maltron, Kinesis, Truly Ergo, Esrille

Maltron vs Kinesis

The Maltron is similar to Kinesis Contoured Keyboard.

Maltron designed it first. According to online sites, Kinesis originally tried to workout with Maltron, but find the licensing too expensive (or something like that), thus Kinesis copied the design with some differences. Notably taking out the middle keypad.

Maltron is about twice as expensive than Kinesis, because each Maltron is individually ordered and crafted, not mass produced. Maltron is also ugly.

I think Maltron is functionally superior than Kinesis. It has good function keys. because:

• For each thumb cluster, it has one more key.

• The middle keypad gives you 32 programable keys! You have multimedia keys and number pad if you need it. If you don't need it, you can remap them as extra function keys. All single button press to switch to {browser, emacs, workspace, windows, apps}. 〔➤see Keyboard: What's the Use of Function Keys?

Here's a review, more about the physical characteristics of the keyboard. 〔Review of Kinesis vs Maltron By Hoggy. @

Another review, by a programer. 〔Change is Good (Maltron vs Kinesis review) By Brian Fitzpatrick. @

Which emacs users use Maltron?

i know the following:

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old Maltron keyboard. Photo by Nick Alcock