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News Microsoft revives the Natural Keyboard family with new Ergonomic Keyboard

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 4 Oct 2019.

  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. Chicken76

    Chicken76 Active Member

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    Great article Gareth!
    I wonder if this will work at all in Linux.
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Should do, but you might have to fiddle a bit to remap some of the special keys to do anything useful.

    I used to love my original Microsoft Natural, but I dunno if I could go back to non-mechanical switches now...
     
  4. Chicken76

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    OK, so it's only the special keys that require software.
    Haven't had the chance to try mechanical switches. Do you find them that much better?
    Natural keyboards bring back such sweet memories from two decades ago...
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I really do, though I know not everyone does - I know some people who genuinely prefer short-travel laptop-style keys, which is just... no.

    Mind you, I'm currently using an IBM Model F with buckling springs...
     
  6. Osgeld

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    I am sure this thing has its fans, but the only people I ever saw using them were middle manager types with their LCD screens set to 800x600 cause 1024x768 was too hard to read and they were too dumb to change the font size
     
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    The_Pope Geoff Richards Super Moderator

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    I've been an MS Ergonomic 4000 guy (work and home) for 15 years. Didn't get on with the Sculpt (despite dreaming of a laptop-key-ergo board for years). Not sure what happened there.

    I'm interested in this new model, and since I work around the corner from the new Microsoft Store @ Oxford Circus, I'll pop in for a test drive once the UK launch happens (can't be doing with US half-height Enter Key; oh balls, that's what they did to the Sculpt...)
     
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    Been using the 4000 for over 12 years. Been a great keyboard. This will definitely been on the shopping list on release.
     
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