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Wow! I'm amazed at how many responses I've gotten. A few months ago I sent
messages to every Mac user at my company on the same subject and received
Since so many people have responded, I thought I'd post this to the list. If
you have any specific questions that aren't addressed in this post, please
write #004#to me at tshowalt -at- sctcorp -dot- com -dot-
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Here's the scoop on the Kinesis (and some others, too):
22232 17th Ave SE
Bothell, WA 98021-7425
fax: (206) 402-8181
sales: (800) 454-6374
The PC version is $390; the Mac version if $490 (the extra $$ are for the
converter). It comes with a typing tutorial to help you adjust--I didn't use
it, but occasionally wished that I had.
One thing I also liked about Kinesis: aside from an early misunderstanding,
they've been straightforward and open with respect to delivery dates. The
Macintosh version was in production for a very long time (nearly 2 years)
*after* I ordered it. I received a postcard telling me it was "backordered"
for 6 to 8 weeks. ha. 6 to 8 months later--when I let them know that I was
highly irritated at the situation (since I'd been told it was a matter of
weeks, not months, and there was still no end in sight)--I found out that
there had been some turnover in the marketing department. They apologized
profusely and have since showered me with good service. I have another
keyboard that is being sent back in disgrace. That company has misled and
then ignored me; I'm disgusted with them. I have had they're unusable
keyboard--that we've paid for--for 11 months now. grr.
I've also tried the:
Apple Keyboard--worst keyboard I've ever seen. It's cumbersome, it's
uncomfortable, it has an enormous footpring and doesn't fit on most desks --
not if you want to have a monitor on the same desk, that is. It's available
anywhere Macs are sold, I think.
BAT Keypad--it doesn't look like a keyboard at all. It has seven keys. You
press the keys in combination (like chords on a piano) to achieve different
keys. Can be used with one hand. It's an intriguing idea, but for me the keys
were just too far apart; it caused more tension than it alleviated. But if
your fingers are long or you have larger hands than mine, it could be useful.
5800 One Perkins Place Suite 5F
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Health Care Comfort Keyboard--it's a traditional keyboard split into 3
pieces. '#001#Each piece is completely adjustable in any direction you'd
like. It's incompatible with the Kensington TurboMouse (Mac); I don't know if
it's happy with the Kensington ExpertMouse on the PC side of life or not.
(They say they're working on it, but they've been saying that for a year
Health Care Keyboard Company, Inc.
N82 W15430 Appleton Avenue
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
I'm not sure of the price--it's dropped since we ordered it. I believe it's
With respect to mice/trackballs:
The only trackball I've used is the Kensington TurboMouse. I'm happy with it,
but it could be more comfortable. There are ads for it in most PC/Mac
catalogs and magazines, if you'd like to see what it looks like. It's $109
from MacWarehouse. A friend of mine recommends something called the Stingray,
but I haven't a clue what it's like.
Hope you like what you've heard,
tshowalt -at- sctcorp -dot- com
p.s. My company paid for the Kinesis, and for all the other keyboards I've
tried. I didn't have to do push very hard, but if they'd balked, I would have
pointed out that although the keyboard is expensive, the initial visit to the
hand specialist was over $90. The first EMG (un-fun test for CTS) was $892;
the second was $1766. Both surgeries were well over $3500 each. That's not
counting the amount of $$ spent in lost productivity, etc. (our company's
insurance is self-indemnifying, so they were paying for all that stuff, if in
a roundabout way)