Is Keyboard Tenting Important?

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Recently, had hand discomfort again. On keyboard for too long. This time, the cause is pronation.

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forearm pronation

how do i know it's pronation problem? because if i rotate forearm the opposite direction (for example, put hands on desk, palms up.), there's big comfort, relief.

My current keyboard, the truly ergo keyboard, is flat. It causes pronation problem if put hands on keyboard 8 hours a day.

Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard 3246
Truly Ergonomic Keyboard Review

To solve the pronation problem, you need keyboard with “tenting”.

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keyboard with tenting. (slanted raised in middle)

So, is tenting really important?

yes, if you use keyboard for “long” period of time.

how long is long? Hard to say. But for me, i sit in front of computer, for 12 hours a day, in past years. I try to not leave my hand on keyboard when not actually typing. Using regular mouse is also a problem. Basically, anything that makes your palm face down. (i get up and take a walk for 10 min every 2 hours, but has been lazy on this in past 3 months. (wow, that's probably why!))

here's keyboard with raised middle.

here's expensive or hard to buy:

Got a Kinesis Advantage2 two months ago, and it cured my pronation problem!


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