Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, Retail
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- Split ergonomic design encourages natural hand, wrist, and forearm positions
- Cushioned palm rest provides support and promotes a neutral wrist position
- Palm lift promotes a relaxed, natural angle for your wrist
- Media keys for music and video control
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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Looks different, feels amazing
Type in total comfort with the split ergonomic design of the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, which encourages natural hand, wrist and forearm positioning.
Get better support with the plush palm rest and lift, which keeps your wrist in a relaxed, natural angle with the keyboard’s curved key bed, ergonomic arc, and reversed slope.
Handy hot keys
Enjoy quick, customizable way to reach files, folders, and web pages with handy hot keys. For close-in tasks, use the Zoom Slider, located in the middle of the keyboard, to zoom in and out with the touch of a finger.
Industry-leading ergonomic design
Given the time you spend with your hands on a keyboard, investing in Microsoft’s best-selling line of ergonomic keyboards can pay dividends in greater comfort. According to some studies, ergonomic keyboard designs, such as the Microsoft Natural line, have been associated with significant reduction of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
|Natural Ergonmoic Keyboard 4000||Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050||Wireless Desktop 3050||Wireless Desktop 900||Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop|
|Overview||Ergonomic design, customed palm rest||Ergonomic design, built-in palm rest||Stylish design, built-in palm rest||Modern desktop at a great value||Ergonomic design, cushioned palm rest|
|Type of design||Natural||Curved||Straight||Straight||Split|
|My Favorite Keys||✓||✓|
|Keyboard name||Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000|
|Keyboard Cable Length||60 inches +/- 6 inches (1530 millimeters +/- 152 millimeters)|
|Operating systems||Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / RT 8.1 / RT 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 10 Phone, Mac OS X v10.7x - 10.10, Android 3.2 - 5.0|
|Hot Key Features||Mail, Web/Home, Search, Back, Forward, My Favorites, My Favorites 1, My Favorites 2, My Favorites 3, My Favorites 4, My Favorites 5, Calculator, Equals, Open Parenthesis, Close Parenthesis, Back Arrow, and Forward Arrow|
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|Are batteries included?||No||—||—||No||Yes||Yes|
|Are batteries required?||No||—||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Connectivity Technology||Wired||Wired||Wired||Wired||Wireless||Bluetooth, USB|
|Hardware Interface||USB||—||—||USB 2.0||USB||—|
|Item Dimensions||19.80 x 10.30 x 3.26 inches||17.39 x 5.01 x 1.06 inches||10.33 x 2.39 x 19.20 inches||18.92 x 9.20 x 1.72 inches||18.90 x 2.90 x 9.90 inches||9.17 x 17.95 x 1.89 inches|
|Item Weight||5.00 lbs||0.98 lbs||2.25 lbs||2.28 lbs||3.05 lbs||2.56 lbs|
Place your hands and arms naturally and comfortably with the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. The improved split design encourages a more natural hand, wrist, and forearm position and its new curved key layout makes keys easier to reach. The Zoom Slider lets you zoom in for close-ups of Web pages, images, and more — with just the touch of a finger. And 5 customizable "My Favorites" keys give you instant access to the folders, files, and Web pages you use most.
From the Manufacturer
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Industry-Leading Ergonomic Design
Given the time you spend with your hands on a keyboard, investing in the newest addition to Microsoft's best-selling line of ergonomic keyboards can pay dividends in greater comfort. According to some studies, ergonomic keyboard designs, such as the Microsoft Natural line, have been associated with significant reduction of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Rest your wrists against the plush palm rest in a relaxed, natural angle with this keyboard's curved key bed, ergonomic arc, and reversed slope. Apart from comfort and support, enjoy quick, customizable way to reach files, folders, and web pages with handy hot keys. For close-in tasks, use the Zoom Slider, located in the middle of the keyboard, to zoom in and out with the touch of a finger.
Zoom - Get a closer look quickly and accurately with the intuitive Zoom Slider.
Customizable Hot Keys - Perform common tasks, like opening documents and replying to email messages, with the touch of a button.
Improved Number Pad - Quickly reach for commonly used symbols, such as equal sign, parentheses, and "Backspace." They are now located just above the number pad.
Ergonomic Design - Type in total comfort-ergonomic design encourages natural wrist and arm alignment so you can work without discomfort.
- Device Stage - Quickly and easily access common tasks, including product information, registration, settings, and more for popular devices such as cell phones, cameras, printers, and mouse, keyboard, and webcam products.
- Taskbar Favorites - Easily access programs in the taskbar with convenient keyboard hot keys. The keys automatically adapt to the new location of applications that have been rearranged by dragging.
- Email and Internet Hot Keys - Touch a button to quickly access your email application and the Internet.
- Multimedia Keys - Quickly and easily access and control all of your media from your keyboard.
- Lockable F Key - Lock your F keys to avoid engaging them unintentionally.
- Integrated Palm Rest - Get better support with this plush, integrated palm rest.
- Cutting-Edge Design - Whether you're at work or play, improve your performance with cutting-edge Microsoft design.
- Computer/Operating System
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)
- Hard Drive
Top reviews from the United States
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This latest round of buying the 4000 again has been an ordeal!
With the first one I ordered 4 weeks ago in Aug 2018, I spent 4 hours troubleshooting the problem of none of the special keys working - like the calculator shortcut, the F Lock, the programmable keys, volume keys etc. I thought it was a driver problem, but ultimately it was a problem within the keyboard.
The 2nd replacement keyboard I received works fine regarding the special keys....but the # 6 key only works when hit very, very hard. After using the keyboard for a week, still no difference. Being a fast blind typer, this would surely lead to some problems down the road, where a "6" can make quite the difference...
So, I'm sending this one back again, ordering, for the last time, a replacement. I may go with the Fellowes after that. Oh, and I also paid the $1.43 extra to get protection beyond the warranty...
Shame on you Microsoft on making a well-designed product so cheaply to squeeze out what, 75 or 85 more cents??? Charge me $5 more and I'll happily pay for a product that's reliable...
It was about 90% plug and play on my Linux system. On Windows, there's a special driver to make sure everything works, but no such thing for Linux. Still, almost all the keys worked and it was completely usable. With a few relatively easy configuration changes I was able to get 100% of the keys working as they should. That's very satisfactory. I put maybe 20 minutes into it, compared with the 5 minutes I would have spent installing a driver on Windows. So overall, Microsoft has played fair here and there are no show-stopping incompatibilities, in fact really none at all.
The keyboard has a rich set of functions and features. It takes a little getting used to if you want to get the most out of it, but you can do this "as you go." The keyboard is usable as a simple keyboard right from the get-go.
Also on the positive side is that the keyboard is relatively quiet. It's not as quiet as some super-silent keyboards that I've used, but I like the idea that there's just enough audible feedback, which, combined with excellent tactile feedback, leads to more accurate typing.
The keyboard is a little bulky but on the other hand it rests stably on the work surface and doesn't scoot around like some lightweight keyboards.
So, what about the vaunted ergo features?
First, there's a gadget provided that changes the tilt of the keyboard and supposedly provides ergo advantages. I took it off right away; I couldn't get used to the rather extreme tilt downward. Maybe I should have given it a chance but I really hated it. Your mileage may certainly vary.
The wrist rest is comfortable and provides good support. Now, the main feature; the split of the keyboard into two "sides" and the angling that goes with it, really takes some accustomization. I mean, really. Even after a couple of months there are some things I find strange and more difficult. I'm a big Emacs user and so the control key comes into play often, and I have caps lock mapped as an extra control key. The "reaches" are strange and I've had to alter finger usage to deal with this. But don't give up; after some practice, regular typing is fast and comfortable. The layout of the keys is sensible and generally works pretty well.
The biggest issue, and why I rate this four stars overall, is the spacebar. It takes a lot more force to depress it than it ought to, and it's something you use a lot, so it's a problem. There is a lot online about how to fix the spacebar, but you shouldn't have to.
To be fair, I didn't apply any of the fixes, and with usage, I learned the best way to use the spacebar (pulling my thumb to the side a little). Also, it's loosened up a little with repeated use. But this is a real design flaw.
Do I recommend this keyboard? You can get a Logitech for more money, but I think this keyboard is about right for the price, so I give it a guarded recommendation. You've got to give it time. Don't expect to be a pro with it the first few days. And you've got to learn to work with the spacebar.
UPDATE almost 2 1/2 years later: this keyboard is still going strong after nearly 2 1/2 years of constant use. The printing on just one of the keycaps (letter L) has faded just a very little. The sticky spacebar problems are gone; a few weeks of use solved that issue. Some of the keys have a polished look from use (what do you expect). I raise the rating to 5 stars. I can't believe how such an inexpensive keyboard has performed so flawlessly for so long, and I am completely comfortable typing quite rapidly on it.
For context, I spend most of my time at a keyboard, at work and at home. I type fast, I key too hard, and I spend 4-6 hours a day typing (not sitting at a computer—actively typing). My first two MS 4000 keyboards lasted 3-4 years each under that abuse. They were my first ergonomic keyboards and I loved them. The many other reviews on this product do a good job of explaining the pros and cons. This keyboard has worked so well for me that I've replaced it with the same keyboard every time. I buy them at work so I can use them there, too. When I've been responsible for ordering keyboards for others, this is the one I get.
However, starting three or four years ago, I noticed that the keyboards weren't lasting as long. The physical action of the keys was fine, but something would go wrong with the underlying membrane, or the electronics. A key would stop working, or key mappings would get strangely scrambled—one keyboard started outputting two letters per key press, but only for half the letters and none of the numbers. This would happen within 12-18 months of purchasing the keyboard.
My last two keyboards have died within 8-12 months.
This is pretty annoying, but for the low price, it's still worth it for me to buy a new one when the old ones die. But if you're here looking for the reliable workhorse keyboard of the past, you may want to look elsewhere.
Top reviews from other countries
Con este teclado inmediatamente desaparecieron las molestias. Cuesta un poco acostumbrarse al principio por la distribución física si nunca has trabajando con un teclado de estos, pero luego de unos días se hace muy natural y cómodo. La posición de las manos queda perfecta, las teclas son muy suaves y muy silenciosas. Tiene teclas de acceso directo muy útiles sobre todo si eres Developer, SQA o informático en general.
- Día 1 a Día 5: Utiliza el teclado sin la base de plástico que trae y con las "patas traseras" levantadas, en esta posición se asemeja mucho a los teclados estándares. Con esta posición te acostumbras a la distribución física.
- Día 6 a Día 10: Utiliza el teclado sin la base de plástico y con la "patas traseras" guardadas para que ya vayas relajando la posición de las manos.
- Día 11 en adelante: Coloca el soporte plástico bajo el teclado, de esta forma las manos adoptan la forma natural y las molestias desaparecen y podrás escribir mas rápido y sin siquiera ver el teclado.
No temas comprar un teclado en inglés, es fácil configurarlo para usar todas las teclas de forma correcta para escribir en español, es decir: acentos, la Ñ, etc, etc. Para configurar basta con ir a los ajustes del idioma de entrada del Sistema Operativo que usen, en mi caso Windows; seleccionan como idioma de entrada: "Inglés Internacional", con esto cada tecla funciona como debe ser. Para los acentos presionan ' y luego la vocal y para la ñ/Ñ presionan "~" y luego "n/N".
Give this keyboard a week or few and it will grow on to you. There is an initial awkwardness to use this when moving from the normal keyboard, but it is all about getting used to. The tilt and wrist cushion work really well to give the sore wrists much needed comfort.
I purchased a set of stick on labels and it lasted another 2 years, then for some unknown reason after pressing an unknown key combination the return key added a backward slash "\" that I could not remove. However, the new one works fine, and if the key labels wear off I will simply purchase another set of stick on keyboard labels as before. It is a membrane key action which is reasonably trouble free.