A Keyboard Designed for Typing Comfort
The Microsoft Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is the keyboard that comes with the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 bundle. It is ergonomically designed to fit the natural curve of the typist's hands, which provides a lot of comfort while typing for an extended period of time. It is rather large, measuring 17.7 x 8.32 inches, which is due to the large palm rest on the bottom of the keyboard. This palm rest cannot be removed, which can be an issue on a desk or another area where space could be an issue, but it does provide a large amount of comfort and support while typing.
There is a raised portion in the keyboard, where the main type pad is split, designed to give easy access to both portions of the type pad and enhance the natural feel of the typist's hands on the keyboard. However, the raised portion is not something that is found on other ergonomic keyboards, and it takes some getting used to before typing feels completely natural. This can be a major hinderance to touch typists, who require a similiar layout on each keyboard. However, it does not take more than a week to get used to this new design.
The keyboard itself is sloped backwards, which gives easier access to the keys and can make typing less painful, but is also another feature that takes some getting used to. The built in zoom feature is located on the raised portion of the keyboard, between the split main type pad, and allows users to quickly and easily zoom in and out of pictures or web pages. There are five programmable keys that can be used to quickly access web pages, folders, or files, which are programmed simply by holding them down. There is no fancy process to go through, which is a definite benefit. The multimedia keys are somewhat lacking, possessing only volume control and music controls, which makes it lacking as a multimedia keyboard -- this keyboard would not work very well with a HTPC or with a computer dedicated to playing media files. Alone, this keyboard costs $49.99 USD on Amazon, making it of an average price for a wireless ergonomic keyboard.