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Financial Compact Keyboards

What are Financial Compact Keyboards?

A Financial Compact Keyboard is a keyboard which has a slightly smaller horizontal footprint than conventional keyboards which are typically 18" wide.  This is typically achieved by compressing the navigation key area of the keyboard (the arrow keys and Pg Up, Pg Dn, Ins, Del, Home and End) while preserving the discrete numeric keypad on the keyboard.  Financial Compact Keyboards typically have the same number of keys as a conventional keyboard, but realize a 1" to 3" reduction in their horizontal width.  

What are the Ergonomic Benefits of a Financial Compact Keyboard?

The only ergonomic benefit arises from a slightly more symmetrical design than conventional keyboards.  This allows for the mouse to be located a couple inches closer to the midline of the user due to the alternate layout of the navigation keys.  For right handed users this will help to reduce Overextension for the mouse and bring it slightly closer to their Comfort Zone

What are Potential Concerns when Considering a Financial Compact Keyboard?

Financial Compact Keyboards do not actually improve the ergonomics of the keyboard in any manner (they simply improve the geographical location of the mouse).  The same risk factors of Ulnar Deviation, Pronation and Wrist Extension which are inherent in conventional keyboards typically apply to Financial Compact Keyboards.

For What Types of Tasks / Users are Financial Compact Keyboards Suitable? 

The primary benefit of a Financial Compact Keyboard is slightly easier access to the mouse with almost no learning curve for the user, as the vast majority of both the alpha and numeric section of the keyboard remains unchanged.  For users who are exceptionally resistant to the slightest of change, Financial Compact Keyboards are a good option.

What Physical Injuries or Conditions Typically Benefit from Financial Compact Keyboards?

Financial Compact Keyboards can be of limited benefit to a wide variety of users including individuals with wrist conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  As they also reduce the amount of movement to use the mouse, they are of potential limited benefit to individuals with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome



Last edited December 9th, 2013

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