Customer Reviews: Kinesis Advantage KB500USB-WHT USB Contoured Keyboard for Mac & PC, White Case
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on September 12, 2011
I've been using Kinesis keyboards since the late 1990's. I looked into them because of pain in my wrists and arms. When I got the keyboard, the pain went away AND my typing speed went up around 30 wpm. I can now type easily for long periods of time without becoming fatigued.

I also found adjusting was more of a mental thing than a physical thing. One day, not long after getting the keyboard, I answered a phone call. I had to type notes during the call. I was distracted enough to forget I was on a new keyboard, and found I was typing easily by touch! Most of the keys are in the same place (the arrows are a notable exception--it took me longer to get used to using them). That experience taught me I just needed to relax and let my fingers do what came naturally.

All in all, a fantastic keyboard. I can't recommend it highly enough.

By the way, someone commented about the keyboard not working with Win 7. I use my Kinesis at work on a Win 7 machine and haven't had any problems. I don't remember having to change any settings or update drivers. Kinesis support might be able to help for any issues around Win 7.
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on June 12, 2015
it's wonderful for the hands, wrists. But expensive for a keyboard that doesn't even have the added feature of USBs they advertise. The USBs are the older kind and they don't work with anything new, not my mouse, memory stick :(
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on June 23, 2012
My typing was a incorrect 20-25wpm, and full of the typical bad habits. One coworker had one and his typing was smooth - including all the special characters. I was sold and wanted one. However before I could buy he kindly gave me one. Turned out he had used these keyboards for years and gave me one of his spares.

At first it was very awkward - new layout and bad habits were exposed. Then another coworker had one - one time he continued typing a paragraph while talking to me - I was sold - "got to commit abd learn this thing". I put the other keyboard in a drawer and made the Kinesis the primary keyboard. I only pulled out the old one when fixing an issue and I needed to devote 100% attention to the problem at hand and not "where is the { key again??". It took about 9 months for the Kinesis to become my "firefighting mode" keyboard. Now the other keyboard is for "visitors" that are not used to the Kinesis.

The Kinesis has fixed most of the bad habits, and I can code Perl/Shell/erb on it all day long. The way the desk is setup - I don't even see the keyboard - just look occasionally when I am mis-mapping...
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on February 24, 2011
This keyboard really helps with my RSI problems. My wrists just don't hurt, as they do when I use a flat keyboard. It does take a little getting used to, but I type enough that I didn't feel this was a big deal.

Unfortunately, I use multiple computers, and it does not deal well with being swapped between computers. Kinesis Tech Support recommended resetting the keyboard by holding down F7 for 15 seconds during power-up, and this works when swapping between my Mac and my PowerBook G4, although it has the unfortunate side effect that key bindings get wiped out every time. However, the keyboard does not work *at all* with my Windows 7 PC. The PC goes "beep beep" when I plug in or unplug the keyboard, so I know it's presence is being detected. However, typing does *nothing* and Kinesis has no drivers for Windows 7. Beware.

The Goldtouch Adjustable keyboard also works wonders for my RSI, and costs 1/3 as much as this Kinesis.
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on October 13, 2010
Excellent Keyboard if you have to type a lot! Takes about one month to get used to. You can always switch back to your old keyboard if you want to. Your typing will become more flexible.
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