GAD­GET GURU

T3’ s most fu­ri­ous (in every sense) typ­ist is here to save your joints

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Tech’s most knowl­edge­ble sage han­dles your Q&A. This month: hurty key­boards, tiny phones and un­fit­ness track­ers!

My key­board makes my hands hurt. Help!

AWe make some of our most un­wise de­ci­sions at a desk. Guru just caught him­self lean­ing side­ways with his wrists all wonky, and now his hands are throb­bing. The er­gonomics of your work­sta­tion could be as much to blame as your key­board; make sure you’re kit­ted out with a good desk and a proper of­fice chair – try the $819 Her­man Miller Sayl if you’re feel­ing re­ally flush, or IKEA’s Markus ($349) oth­er­wise.

De­feat­ing the men­ace of RSI and its sin­is­ter cousin Carpal Tun­nel Syn­drome takes more than just sit­ting right. There’s no stan­dard hand, so if your mitts don’t suit, for ex­am­ple, the shal­low leaf springs of the Ap­ple Magic Key­board ($179), you may be suited to a full-travel keyswitch.

Ex­treme ten­don resti­tu­tion can be found in the wacky world of er­gonomic key­boards. There’s the split va­ri­ety, like the travel-friendly GoldTouch Go! 2 (around $200) or Mi­crosoft’s Sculpt line (from $90),

WITH THE VER­TI­CAL SPLIT KEY­BOARD, EACH HALF OF THE KEY­BOARD IS UP­RIGHT AND YOU HOLD YOUR HANDS IN KARATE-CHOP FASH­ION

which an­gle the in­di­vid­ual halves of the key­board out­wards so that your fin­gers rest on the keys with­out dis­tort­ing your wrists. There’s also the scooped-out-and­split va­ri­ety as pro­duced by Mal­tron, though you’ll be pay­ing up to $500.

On the sil­li­est ex­treme, we have the ver­ti­cal split, where each half of the key­board is up­right and you hold your hands in karate-chop fash­ion to type; you’ll likely have to re­fer to rear-view mir­rors to see what you’re typ­ing. Or there’s the Or­bitouch ($500), which doesn’t have any keys, just han­dles that you wag­gle to chord in key­strokes.

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