Short or compact keyboards are a simple workstation change which make computer use safer, more comfortable and efficient. There is now a wide range of compact keyboards to select from with many features and options. Most models have full sized keys so feel like a normal keyboard. There is no numeric keypad but cursor control and other keys are still present. A compact keyboard is probably the most effective workstation change for people who experience right sided pain in their arm, shouler or neck. Changing to a compact keyboard will often result in improvements in these problems.
Though we love compact keyboards, they are not great for people whose job requires frequent entering of numbers because there is no separate numeric keypad (number keys are only across the top row).
The solution? Some compact keyboards have an ‘integrated’ or ’embedded’ numeric keypad, assessable via number lock. There are also compact keyboards with separate numeric keypads, which can be placed on the left side of the keyboard.
Back Centre stocks only compact keyboards with normal size keys: watch out for compact keyboards with smaller keys. These are not ideal for larger fingers.
Back Centre is happy for you to trial a compact keyboard to find out if it is a good solution for you.
View Back Centre’s huge range of keyboards.
Written by Judy Ross, Registered Occupational Therapist