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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Everyone

The sad part about CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) is that once you have it, you are very likely to keep it, unless you stop typing. Fat chance of me quitting the keyboard (as long as I stay in my present line of business, it's downright impossible).

Ironically, a Microsoft device is responsible for me feeling some relief in this area: The Microsoft Natural Keyboard, Version 1. Please note the "Version 1" part; I am referring to the original Natural Keyboard, not the Natural Keyboard Elite (a.k.a. Natural Keyboard 2.0) Microsoft introduced in May 1998.

As a matter of fact, I reviewed the Natural Keyboard Elite (NKE) in late May and ended up writing a rather scathing review.

Microsoft managed to take away everything that was good about the original Natural Keyboard (NK) and instead introduced some "improvements" which turned the NKE into an ergnomic nightmare.

To give you an idea of the problem: After working with the Natural Keyboard Elite for two days, my CTS pains were back, as bad as before I switched to the original Natural Keyboard two years ago. This situation is worsened by the fact that Microsoft discontinued production of the old NK for the new one.

As a direct result, I ended up purchasing two new Natural Keyboards, Version 1.0, as "backup copies". I can type without any pain on these, so I am sticking with what I know to work. They also work both with standard DIN keyboard plugs and PS/2 connectors, thus they ought to be useful for another couple of years.

Of course, the three Natural Keyboards I am presently using have proven to be almost indestructible, but you can't be too cautious.

How appropiate: For once, Microsoft creates something I am very, very happy with and suddenly they decide to discontinue it.

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