Keyboard Tilt, Tenting, Orientation

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

keyboard ergonomics: angles of ergonomic keyboard.

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ergonomic keyboard angles.


Negative Tilt is more ergonomic, because it prevents wrists bending up.

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Negative Tilt, by a Front riser. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard


Tenting is raising the middle of the keyboard higher. This is good for preventing hand pronation problem.

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Keyboard Tenting (Wrist Pronation)

Split 2-piece ergo keyboards use legs or stand to allow tenting.

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Darknight Keyboard
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Eucalyptus Keyboard

One-piece ergo keyboards may have tenting builtin.

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Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
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Esrille New Keyboard
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Lime40 Keyboard


Orientation is about how you have to bend you wrist to the left or right.

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keyboarding RSI ulnar deviation

Inverted V orientation is achieved by having two separate pieces, one for each hand. Or, it is most common in one-piece ergo keyboards, having a inverted V shape. Typically 10 to 20 degrees.

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A shape for the 2 hands
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X-Bows Keyboard
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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

Keyboard Ergonomics