Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

USB - MPN: B2M00012
Product Details
Description
Over the past 11 years, Microsoft Hardware has been evolving its #1 best-selling Natural keyboard with timesaving features and sleek finishes. Now, the company is excited to introduce a new Natural keyboard featuring a breakthrough ergonomic design, developed for the loyal users that already love split keyboards.Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has been expertly crafted to allow you to work in a more natural position. The new Gull Wing design features a 14-degree gable, a natural arc and a curved key bed - bringing the keys closer to your fingers to reduce reach and unnecessary motion, while encouraging a more natural typing position. It also comes equipped with an optional palm lift for a seven-degree reverse slope and a cushioned wrist rest that encourages better arm and wrist alignment. To view these advanced design features watch the Comfort flash demo.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection Keyboard - USB
General Features Palm Rest
Wireless Keyboard - Cable
Layout Style Split-Key
System Type Apple Macintosh, PC
Expert Reviews
Best Keyboard
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 as a best pick for the Best Keyboard. This product has also been rated as a best pick for the Best Ergonomic Keyboard. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 31 expert reviews for Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Nov 16, 2009

The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is Microsofts redesign of their natural keyboard. This keyboard is designed for ergonomics and features a split keyboard to create a more natural positioning of the hands when typing. It also sports a removable front-tilt plate so that the keyboard rests at -7 degree angle relative to your desktop. ... PROS: (1) Comfortable pad for your wrists (2) Not too expensive (3) Ergonomic, natural keyboard layout (4) Prevents/hinders carpal tunnel (5) Quiet keys ... CONS: (1) The zoom slider would make more sense as a scroll wheel (2) Difficult to use if you have not been formerly taught to touch type (3) Special keys require the bloated Intellitype software to configure (4) Space bar quite stiff, requires some force to press

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User Reviews
Perfect positioning and comfortable
4 Star Review   By PJ on Adorama - May 7, 2013   

Everything is perfect except when I hit the web/home key it opens a non working google chrome. The key only works when google chrome is already open.

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Best keyboard I've ever used...
5 Star Review   By lp007 on Adorama - Apr 24, 2013   

I have wide shoulders and for years used standard keyboards that were awkward and uncomfortable to use because I needed to keep my wrists close together to maintain a proper typing position. When I discovered ergo keyboards almost twenty years ago, it was

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Comfy-keys
5 Star Review   By edatasmith on HP - Apr 11, 2013   

Took a few days to get used to it, but that was years ago. Bye-bye tired arms, tingly fingers!

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MoreComfy
5 Star Review   By FtWayneJane on HP - Dec 19, 2012   

Love the ergo keyboard. Had one once, wore it out, then used old straight style, so am again getting used to the better comfort of using an ergo keyboard. It takes time to get used to but is worth it for these arthritic hands. Love all the functions and features.

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This keyboard rocks!
5 Star Review   By Monacat on Adorama - Sep 17, 2012   

I love this keyboard, it puts less stress on my wrists like a straight keyboard does.

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This Keyboard makes Typing a Breeze.
5 Star Review   By Randy on Adorama - Sep 3, 2012   

I have hand issues and find this style of keyboard very easy to work with. The shape of the keyboard gives your wrists a place to rest. It does take some time to get use to the divided board,but it is well worth the time.

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Good Purchase
5 Star Review   By casy on HP - Apr 15, 2012   

I realy like this, it is smooth and easy to use.

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Ergonomic Keyboard
5 Star Review   By dragonprincess1010 on HP - Apr 12, 2012   

It took a while to get used to the curved design, but once I typed for several hours, noticed that my hands and fingers were not tired. The keys were placed where I can reach them easily. You need to get used to the design. I took off the mounting piece. I would recommend this keyboard for someone who types a lot.

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What I wanted
5 Star Review   By Jack26 on HP - Mar 29, 2012   

I needed a keyboard with separated sides for each hand and a Caps lock indicator light. This one has all that and a neat zoom key plus other features that I'm still discovering. Installation was simplicity itself.

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Carpal Tunnel relief
5 Star Review   By Elinore on HP - Mar 27, 2012   

Save your carpal tunnel and use this ergonomic keyboard. It really does the trick.

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Product Details
Description
Over the past 11 years, Microsoft Hardware has been evolving its #1 best-selling Natural keyboard with timesaving features and sleek finishes. Now, the company is excited to introduce a new Natural keyboard featuring a breakthrough ergonomic design, developed for the loyal users that already love split keyboards.Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has been expertly crafted to allow you to work in a more natural position. The new Gull Wing design features a 14-degree gable, a natural arc and a curved key bed - bringing the keys closer to your fingers to reduce reach and unnecessary motion, while encouraging a more natural typing position. It also comes equipped with an optional palm lift for a seven-degree reverse slope and a cushioned wrist rest that encourages better arm and wrist alignment. To view these advanced design features watch the Comfort flash demo.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection Keyboard - USB
General Features Palm Rest
Wireless Keyboard - Cable
Layout Style Split-Key
System Type Apple Macintosh, PC
Summary
Product Title Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Manufacturer Microsoft
Lowest Price $30.99 from Pricesmile
Power Score 4.3 | 57 Reviews
Physical Features
Color: Black, Silver
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URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Keyboard/Keypad Wireless Technology: Not Applicable
Functionality: Standard Keyboard Wristpad
Product Model: 4000
Hot Keys: F-Lock
Brand Name: Microsoft
Special Keys: Multimedia Keys, Programmable Keys, Windows Keys
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Expert Reviews
Best Keyboard
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 as a best pick for the Best Keyboard. This product has also been rated as a best pick for the Best Ergonomic Keyboard. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 31 expert reviews for Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Nov 16, 2009

The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is Microsofts redesign of their natural keyboard. This keyboard is designed for ergonomics and features a split keyboard to create a more natural positioning of the hands when typing. It also sports a removable front-tilt plate so that the keyboard rests at -7 degree angle relative to your desktop. ... PROS: (1) Comfortable pad for your wrists (2) Not too expensive (3) Ergonomic, natural keyboard layout (4) Prevents/hinders carpal tunnel (5) Quiet keys ... CONS: (1) The zoom slider would make more sense as a scroll wheel (2) Difficult to use if you have not been formerly taught to touch type (3) Special keys require the bloated Intellitype software to configure (4) Space bar quite stiff, requires some force to press

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User Reviews
Perfect positioning and comfortable
4 Star Review   By PJ on Adorama - May 7, 2013   

Everything is perfect except when I hit the web/home key it opens a non working google chrome. The key only works when google chrome is already open.

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Best keyboard I've ever used...
5 Star Review   By lp007 on Adorama - Apr 24, 2013   

I have wide shoulders and for years used standard keyboards that were awkward and uncomfortable to use because I needed to keep my wrists close together to maintain a proper typing position. When I discovered ergo keyboards almost twenty years ago, it was

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Comfy-keys
5 Star Review   By edatasmith on HP - Apr 11, 2013   

Took a few days to get used to it, but that was years ago. Bye-bye tired arms, tingly fingers!

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MoreComfy
5 Star Review   By FtWayneJane on HP - Dec 19, 2012   

Love the ergo keyboard. Had one once, wore it out, then used old straight style, so am again getting used to the better comfort of using an ergo keyboard. It takes time to get used to but is worth it for these arthritic hands. Love all the functions and features.

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This keyboard rocks!
5 Star Review   By Monacat on Adorama - Sep 17, 2012   

I love this keyboard, it puts less stress on my wrists like a straight keyboard does.

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This Keyboard makes Typing a Breeze.
5 Star Review   By Randy on Adorama - Sep 3, 2012   

I have hand issues and find this style of keyboard very easy to work with. The shape of the keyboard gives your wrists a place to rest. It does take some time to get use to the divided board,but it is well worth the time.

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Good Purchase
5 Star Review   By casy on HP - Apr 15, 2012   

I realy like this, it is smooth and easy to use.

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Ergonomic Keyboard
5 Star Review   By dragonprincess1010 on HP - Apr 12, 2012   

It took a while to get used to the curved design, but once I typed for several hours, noticed that my hands and fingers were not tired. The keys were placed where I can reach them easily. You need to get used to the design. I took off the mounting piece. I would recommend this keyboard for someone who types a lot.

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What I wanted
5 Star Review   By Jack26 on HP - Mar 29, 2012   

I needed a keyboard with separated sides for each hand and a Caps lock indicator light. This one has all that and a neat zoom key plus other features that I'm still discovering. Installation was simplicity itself.

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Carpal Tunnel relief
5 Star Review   By Elinore on HP - Mar 27, 2012   

Save your carpal tunnel and use this ergonomic keyboard. It really does the trick.

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GREAT BUY
4 Star Review   By roxiblu on HP - Mar 7, 2012   

It took time for me to get used to the separation in the key board, once I did and I removed the elevation attachment it was great. I recommend this keyboard to those who work at home or spend hours on your computer. I am still learning how to use extra function keys all in all I consider this one a great buy.

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This is my favorite ergonomic keyboard
4 Star Review   By Bill Ryan on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Dec 21, 2011   

Strengths: In the past 5 years I've worked several places and always ordered this keyboard for my desk, it does take a little to get use to the layout of it but once you do you'll find it's very comfortable

Weakness: With the platform on the bottom it raises the keyboard too high for some keyboard trays but it can be easily removed.

It's definately my favorite ergo keyboard, I'll be sad when they stop selling these! I'm not sure about the issues that others have reported in the review, despite having had several of these I've never experienced issues with keys sticking or faitulre of any keys. They're comfortable and your hands will naturally fall on the keys, great for people who know how to type but probably challenging for those that peck.

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Great ourchase
5 Star Review   By Constance on HP - Dec 15, 2011   

I do a lot of typing on my computer and this keyboard is excellent. I highly recommend it if you use your computer a lot,

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A Must-Have Keyboard
5 Star Review   By Pillki on HP - Nov 23, 2011   

For anyone who does a lot of typing, this is a must-have keyboard. I've been using this style of keyboard for a long time, and it has cut down on my hand stress tremendously. I switched back to the plug-in style from the wireless this time and I like it much better. The wireless model gets some delays from time to time, even with fresh batteries. This one can go as fast as my fingers will let it.

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Great keyboard! Easy to master
5 Star Review   By Cindy on Adorama - Nov 21, 2011   

Needed the ergonomic design was starting to have issues with my wrists and hands...has helped tremendously.

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awesome keyboard.
5 Star Review   By DG on Adorama - Nov 7, 2011   

I love the layout of the keyboard. It is quite easy and intuitive to my mind.

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I love this keyboard
5 Star Review   By DebiLou on HP - Nov 1, 2011   

I use this keyboard 5 days a week for a good 6 hours of steady typing each day. It allows for such a natural position my wrists never ache as they did with a typical "unnatural" keyboard. It may take a few days to get used to the different position of the keys but after that your fingers will fly.

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This is the best keyboard I ever had.
5 Star Review   By PACRATFLT on HP - Aug 11, 2011   

I highly recommend this Microsoft 4000 keyboard. I have four of them now and would not use any other design since it fits your hands comfortably and works great. Standard design keyboards are difficult to use because they are like using a typewriter...this one does not strain your hands trying to get your work done promptly and accurately.

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One of Few Available Ergo. Keyboards
4 Star Review   By SomeGeek on HP - Mar 17, 2011   

It's been a solid ergonomic keyboard. One of the few available on the market. One notable drawback is that F-Lock key which disables the Function keys (F-1 - F-12). When you wonder why, for example, context sensitive help did not come up after pressing F-1, check the status of this F-Lock key (reported by a little green light at the front of the keyboard). The price could be reduced by eliminating the 17 extra buttons along the top and down the middle of the keyboard. Really, who uses these buttons? At least the buttons are designed to be out-of-the-way. I recommend it over the keyboard that comes with HP computers, where the silly buttons line the keyboard and are too easy to hit accidentially.

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Good Keyboard
4 Star Review   By member Buffalos - Jul 9, 2010   

Strengths: Very comfortable once you get use to it. Stylish look.

Weakness: Raises up a little to high for me. The "M" key doesn't work very well on my keyboard.

Overall, a great keyboard to use everyday. Making the switch to this keyboard from a regular keyboard has eliminated the pain in my wrist I use to get.

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Terrible for Carpal Tunnel
2 Star Review   By member CandyValenz - May 28, 2010   

Strengths: It's ergonomic; short cut keys are cute

Weakness: You have to hit on the keys a bit harder than you would with many other keyboards.

It's got tons of bells and whistles in the shortcut keys, and the wrist rest is nice, but it takes too much effort to push down on the keys. I didn't notice this at first, but after typing for about an hour (I am a student) it got to be like typing in mud. I also started to feel inflammation, which never happened with my previous ergo keyboard that I just ended up typing into the ground before I bought this one. Maybe I'll try to sell it on E-bay to one of those people that have a tendency to push too hard so I can get a lighter touch.

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Awful key arrangment, decent key action
1 Star Review   By member ski_phreak - May 10, 2010   

Strengths: key sizes & angles decent for alphabet keys.

Weakness: control keys (page up/down) arrows, etc awful and wrong-sized

Avoid all MicroSoft split-key keyboards if you plan on typing alpha-numeric data. Unless you're okay with jumping to the numberpad for every number, the ^/6 key is a dealbreaker here. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= I don't know a single typing manual or instructor that teaches you to type the number 6 with the LEFT hand, and EVERY MicroSoft split-key keyboard has the 6 key on the LEFT of the split! -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= It does have a decent key action, and size and angle of the letter keys is average or better-than-average. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= I personally prefer my backslash key on the right of the shift key (under the ENTER) rather than above. This however isn't a dealbreaker for me.

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Good keyboard.
4 Star Review   By member Bittis - Apr 2, 2010   

Strengths: Forces me to use correct hand for the middle keys. Far more comfortable than a standard keyboard.

Weakness: Takes some getting used to. Normal keyboards are actually harder to use now.

After getting used to the split setup, I prefer the ergo keyboard over a standard keyboard. It broke me of some bad typing habits. The keys are also very comfortable and relatively quiet. Definitely a great keyboard for the price.

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Just great
5 Star Review   By Randy Z on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010   

Have always loved Microsoft ergonomic keyboards, this latest version is fantastic, extremely comfortable and quiet. The favorites keys and the calculator key are actually quite useful! If you're a split keyboard user, this is the one.

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Wonderful product
5 Star Review   By Englchen on HP - Nov 9, 2009   

I have this keyboard at home and at work. It took me about 2 weeks to get used to the different writing style, but now I don't want to miss it. At work I have the wireless 7000 edition, which helps me take the keyboard with me to different computers as I now have a hard time working with the usual small keyboards. The Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard offers several shortcut keys to get to the web, a search function, and email. I love that there is a key for the calculator. The key buttons 1-5 can be assigned to the most frequently used websites. This keyboard is great for everyone having to spend much time on the computer. Even after typing for 12 hours my hands and arms finally don't hurt anymore.

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Nice, as long as it keeps working
2 Star Review   By member suemccartin - Aug 23, 2009   

Strengths: Comfortable ergonomic key layout, multimedia controls

Weakness: Key switches just do not last, they all fail the same way

I've had two of these keyboards in the last three years. They are a great keyboard but the switches in the keys just don't last long. The first one a letter or two quit, second one the enter key quit. Look around and try to find an old natural keyboard pro keyboard, the switches are a ton superior to what you find here, I have one at work and one at home it just keeps on working. If you get this keyboard get used to buying them two at a time because when they quit, it's very sudden no warning. I really do like this keyboard it just seems like their quality control and or parts are just substandard. I wish these were more dependable, I would never pay full price bue the oem price is not bad at sub 30 bucks plus shipping of course but better than the 70+ the full priced ones sell for.

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Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard
5 Star Review   By medigal on HP - Jul 20, 2009   

I am a medical transcriptionist and type at least eight hours a day five days a week, so my keyboard gets a lot of use. One of my co-workers recommended this keyboard and I am so glad she did. I love it. The keys have a bit more space between them which I really like. There are many "express keys" that help, I love the zoom key features which enlarges the print without having to change settings within the computer itself. There are so many good things about this keyboard, too numerous to cite it this paragraph. I like it so much I had to purchase another one to use with my "non-work" computer because I can't type at all anymore on a standard keyboard. I'd recommend this keyboard to anyone.

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The only keyboard you'll ever need again.
5 Star Review   By member badkid32 - Feb 7, 2009   

Strengths: See bellow

This is my second one, after I wore out my last one after using it for 3 years. This keyboard is simply amazing. The raised front of the keyboard gives it the proper incline for your wrists, not like others that raise the top (where the wire comes out). Key cushion is nice, and the soft rubber palm rest is nice too.

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excellent keyboard for macs too!
4 Star Review   By SLJones on Mwave.com - Jan 1, 2009   

Strengths: good mac support

Weakness: Doesn't have an 'eject' key so you have to learn about F12. Pricey ($25 would be better) and buying it enriches the Beast.

I like the feel much better than current mac keyboards. Shockingly, the software driver correctly maps the ALT key to Command. Even its multimedia keys work correctly. (In fact, the pause/play key starts and stops iTunes about 2 seconds faster than the equivalent key on an Apple keyboard.)

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Horrible spacebar problems
1 Star Review   By member lurkdale - Dec 28, 2008   

Strengths: Everything except the spacebar

Weakness: the spacebar

I just bought a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. The spacebar sticks and really slows down the typing. This seems to be a common complain with this keyboard. I would NOT recommend it.

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Great keyboard and very ergomomic to use but it takes some time to get use to
5 Star Review   By member websurfer88 - Dec 21, 2008   

Strengths: Great keyboard, unique hand rest pads and works well with my XP, Vista OS without any additional drivers.

Weakness: Keyboard key layout

Overall this is pretty good keyboard, I was so impressed that I sold my older MS Ergomonic keyboards to get 2 of these. I didn't have any problems with drivers on my XP, or Vista OS. There were additional drivers cd included as well for older OS models. My only big nag is that the keys are not very well layout or say "spaced" so it would take some time to get used to. I use to have pain in my hand but after getting this keyboard, the problem is now gone. Good hand layout and I really like the hand pad. Recommeded highly to those that use the computer a lot and want to avoid injury. Of course a good sitting position and table means a lot also.

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My 2nd Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
1 Star Review   By member cpeterson46 - Dec 16, 2008   

Strengths: Easy on the wrists.

Weakness: Awkwardness of the space bar.

My second one of these just went out. The first one I had lasted 2 days. Then the C and V keys would not work. Got another one as it was under warranty. It has lasted a month. The C key will not work. The guy working at the store said they had been seeing a lot coming back with the same problem.

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Ergonomic Keyboard
3 Star Review   By member msunflower - Aug 14, 2008   

Strengths: Feels good on my wrists

Weakness: space bar is very hard

Like all the extra choices like back button by the number keypad and the calculator as i use those all the time at work. I absolutely hate the space bar. You have to hit it xtra hard which slows down your typing speed. If I knew then what I know now---wouldn't buy it again.

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not a programmers keyboard and not for hunt & peckers
2 Star Review   By member apchar - Feb 14, 2008   

Strengths: very comfortable. Slopes downward.

Weakness: keys stick. right shift is awkward.

Leave it to Microsoft to blow a good idea. The keyboard is very comfortable for touch typing text documents but the alien layout makes it awkward for most programming tasks. I found myself looking down more than I should have to. The right shift key is so awkwardly placed that you have to twist your right hand so much that it starts to hurt. Ergo keyboards are not supposed to hurt. This is not a keyboard for hunt & peck typing. It would actually be tougher than a normal keyboard. It is tailor made for touch typing. The greatest flaw is the sticky keys (especially the space bar.) Because of the shape you'll often find your fingers coming into a key at an angle. They stick badly when you do. And you really have to hammer the space bar. The rubber wrist wrest is nicely done . The best feature is that the keyboard slopes downward. This really makes a huge difference. I've been wedging stuff under the front edge of past keyboards for years to get this effect. Glad to see someone finally figured it out. Keyboards that slope up never made any sense to me. I wound up taking mine back but I'd still recommend giving it a try. If you can wear the keys down and are not a programmer you'll love it. The corded version is frequently on sale for less than $30.

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Confortable
5 Star Review   By member grc1056 - Jan 9, 2008   

Strengths: Function keys

Weakness: Plastic attachment under keyboard

Great keyboard, lots of function keys, looks great, and may take a bit to get use to using. Search for the best price, remove the attachment, if necessary, for more confort, and should work out great. I love microsoft keyboards, but they are a bit large.

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The Most Comfortable Keyboard EVER!
5 Star Review   By Diane on Mwave.com - Sep 10, 2007   

Strengths: Comfort, comfort, comfort and more comfort.

Weakness: None.

This has to be the most comfortable, easy-to-use keyboard ever made. I tried one of those new-fangled, $200 keyboards and it didn't come close to this little Microsoft 4000. I can't say enough about this product!

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Best freakin Keyboard Ever
5 Star Review   By tauran on Mwave.com - Aug 15, 2007   

Strengths: Bought this thing when it retailed at over $80 bucks. Now that its on sale for less than half, im buying another!

Weakness: makes gaming harder to get use to at first. since my brain thinks i have to reach further to reach number keys.

Some friends come over and take off the reverse tilt bracket cause they are not use to it. Annoys me severely since i can imagine the little teeth holding it in snapping off. leave them on once you in

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Great Keyboard
4 Star Review   By Donna on Mwave.com - Aug 11, 2007   

Strengths: Price, customizable keys, comfort, the zoom key offers a bit of ease when used with Photoshop but other than that it's useless...they really should have added a skip media button instead.

Weakness: The space bar sometimes sticks though it's not a huge problem, the N key requires a heavy finger, the calculator button is unnecessary, F lock is a little irritating when trying to access Safe Mode.

I wouldn't recommend it to people looking to save space on their desktops, it's rather large...don't think I'd suggest it to gamers either what with the lack of lighted keys and usb ports. Despite the little flaws I love the lack of carpal tunnel.

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Microsoft ergonomic keyboard
3 Star Review     

After using Logitech I find that the buttons are quite heavy and much less soft than those of my Logitech keyboard. Space bar is especially hard to press. Maybe I will get used to it.

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It's ergonomic!
4 Star Review   By Robert on Adorama - Jan 16, 2007   

See the video!

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Try before you buy
5 Star Review     

I absolutely love this keyboard. Having said that I do recommend heading to your local office supply store and trying it for a few minutes before you purchase it. The design is very different from a traditional keyboard and everyone may not like it. Install went smoothly and have had no problems to date. As far as the space bar being hard to press I can agree with that somewhat, it does seem harder to press that any of the other keys but I still do not find it hard to depress.

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Driver problems with Microsoft ergonomic keyboard
2 Star Review   By member reviewerreid - Jul 17, 2006   

Strengths: good feel, configurable

Weakness: space bar could have lighter touch, driver causes problems with Microsoft apps.

After installing the keyboard software, MS Excel, and Power Point zoom to the max. PP then "flickers". Had to press the shift key to open Word. Otherwise it opened and immediately closed. One web page repeatedly closed whenever I tried to type in a specific text box. Uninstalling the driver fixed these problems. The keyboard is nice, but the driver (5.5.661) needs fixing.

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Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000
4 Star Review   By member jgranato - Mar 29, 2006   

Strengths: Ergonomic, Wrist Support, Tactile Keys, Zoom Scroll

Weakness: Lacks USB Hub

This keyboard replaced my trusty MS Natural Multimedia Keyboard. The think that really caught my attention was the padded wrist and elevation option. These worked really well for me. The new zoom key is nice, but I keep going back to my mouse for this function. Good software to support programming key functions. I really like the keyboard response when I type and the pad does really help after typing all day. As a wish list item I would have liked to see an USB hub built into the keyboard.

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Great Keyboard!
5 Star Review   By member fandry96 - Jan 28, 2006   

Strengths: Very comfy and natural.

Weakness: Takes some getting used to.

As expected with something new, this keyboard will take some retraining of your mind. It feels extremely smooth and comfortable and after a few days you get used to having your hands in a new position and the typos get less and less. I love this keyboard and I am sure I could never go back. I also love the middle back and forward buttons, so easy to hit them with your thumbs while you surf.

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Nice Keyboard
4 Star Review   By member mamabake - Jan 19, 2006   

Strengths: Great feel; ergonomically correct; very sleek styling and good looking keyboard.

Weakness: None that I have found so far.

I would recommend this keyboard for the ease of use, comfort and just the overall looks and style. It has lots of different features and the software is awesome. I also like the keys you can program to do what you'd like them to do. It's definitely a keeper and a great keyboard for you to consider when needing an ergo keyboard.

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Great comfortable keyboard
4 Star Review   Mwave.com   

Strengths: Comfort, appearance, useful function keys

Weakness: A little pricy. Would be nice to have wireless option.

I mainly bought because of the appearance, and the leather padding on the palm rests. The drivers were easy to install, and have worked well. Others have commented on the zoom feature - it is true that it could be more useful, but the basics of the keyboard make up for it.

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Comfort and style
4 Star Review   By member za000 - Jan 6, 2006   

Strengths: Ergonomic. Quiet keys. Soft palm rest. Programmable hotkeys.

Weakness: Does not support PS/2 port. No logoff nor sleep buttons.

In terms of ergonomics, this keyboard offers little improvement over previous Microsoft ergonomic keyboards, IMHO. And, it is missing the logoff and sleep hotkeys that a lot of other Microsoft keyboards have. However, it differs from previous models in that it is very quiet while typing and has a soft, faux leather palm rest--things that may benefit some people. Plus, its color scheme is quite stylish. So, if you already have an ergonomic keyboard, you may not find a compelling reason to replace it with this keyboard. But if you don't, then this keyboard definitely deserves consideration. Also note that this keyboard is purely USB and does not support PS/2 ports--using a USB-to-PS/2 adapter will not work either. This may be an issue for some people. Like other Microsoft keyboards with hotkeys across the top, the included Intellitype software will allow most of the hotkeys to be re-programmed to either run a specific application, open a file, or open a web page.

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Microsoft should make OS product better. Don’t make any hardware stuff more.
1 Star Review   By member wonderboy1 - Dec 17, 2005   

Strengths: Favorites Keys

Weakness: too high front keyboard riser=useless, wired.

The keys are so stubborn, and bulky. They don't go down smoothly. I have to hit real hard. (especially right ALT key and SPACE bar) I have to hit those keys several times. This keyboard is also noisy, and too spacy. Microsoft should do their job - fixing bug on windows XP.

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Could a keyboard get any better?
5 Star Review   By member bentinney - Nov 18, 2005   

Strengths: Black & Wired, Layout, Appearance, Feel.

Weakness: Zoom button and front keyboard riser.

The keyboard riser to raise the front of the keyboard is good, but it's too high in my opinion. They should have someehow made it user adjustable. The only weaknesses I could find is the zoom button, it really doesn't work all that well, and takes up way to much space for something so useless. And the front keyboard riser which seems way to tall this would be much better if it was ajustable. I have used Microsoft keyboards prior to this board and this keyboard is an improvment over all of them. Very confortable and makes your typing a pleasure. You have almost every option at your fingertips. You can accomodate the F-lock keys to your own commodity. It also looks and feels beautiful. In additions, the black/silver appearance of the keyboard definately matches the sleek looking computer cases & LCD bezels nowadays. Top this off with the reliable Microsoft keyboard software.

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microsoft makes typing much easier
5 Star Review   By member 9upinu - Nov 1, 2005   

Strengths: Keyboard is very chic looking and much more comfortable than conventional keyboards that Ive used in the past .The keys are lifted up higher for a better feel and less strain while typing.

Weakness: The only faults I have are the zoom buttom in the middle of the keyboard is unnecessary and takes up space. Also I would prefer different colors to choose from such as blue or silver.

I highly recommend this keyboard because I type and play games frequently putting unduly strain on my hands.The keyboard is functional as well as good looking.The software was easy to install and has a variety of supportive features such as one button access to the internet. I hope to enjoy using this product for years to come.

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Best (reasonably priced) keyboard out there!
5 Star Review   By member cswake - Oct 22, 2005   

Strengths: Black & Wired, Layout, Appearance, Feel, Software

Weakness: Key shape, Keyboard riser, Zoom button

Microsoft knocked this design out of the park. I can't emphasize enough how nice it is to type on this - even coming from the much loved Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro. (NKP) Finally, Microsoft has released a keyboard that is both black & wired, their wireless products have given me lots of headaches. The layout continues the same layout as previous Natural Keyboards, but both sides appear to have a bit more of a concave shape than previous models - resulting in a better feel for me. The keys also have a softer type to them rather than the loud click of my NKP, another welcome change. In addition, the black/silver appearance of the keyboard definately matches the sleek looking computer cases & LCD bezels nowadays. Top this off with the reliable Microsoft keyboard software and it is difficult to find things not to like. No worries though, I'm rather picky and can always find things to complain about. The shape of some specific keys is bad, where they seem to have raised the center of the key above the sides rather than making it lower. This results in situations where sometimes I can't pinpoint the key easily and/or my finger will slip off. (Thankfully this is not all of them) The keyboard riser to raise the front of the keyboard is good, but it's too high in my opinion. They should have somehow made it user adjustable. Last but not least, the zoom button in the middle can useful, but I often find myself hitting it accidentally - a minor annoyance. Bottom Line: Buy this now.

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The most comfortable keyboard in existance!!!
5 Star Review   By member jgmendozaiii - Oct 19, 2005   

Strengths: Comfort!!!! tons of features!

Weakness: Price!!!

Bottom line...comfort! Forget all the other features! this keyboard is comfortable. The words just fly off your fingers with this keyboard! no stuttering! It also has tons of features that you can use if you choose to. But if your hand is tired of typing, invest in a little comfort.

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The best Natural yet
5 Star Review   By member CzarKasm - Oct 17, 2005   

Strengths: CORRECT orientation of the arrow keys and the INS/HOME/PAGEUP block of keys. Ultra-quiet key response. Sleek & sexy appearance.

Weakness: No USB ports - c'mon! Hard to see when playing games in the dark.

I have previously owned the original Natural and the Natural Pro keyboards, skipping the Elite because MS screwed up the placement of the arrow keys and the block of 6 keys above them. These ergonomic keyboards are great for playing FPS-style games. I can play for hours without any finger or wrist cramping, compared to the torture of using a straight keyboard. If you've never used an ergo keyboard before, there is definitely a learning curve, but you will get used to it after a week or so of regular use. All of the MS keyboards I have owned previously have been built very solidly, and the 4000 is no exception. If anything, I think it's a little bit better than before. The key presses are almost completely silent, so unless you like the clickity-clack racket of old-school keyboards, you will love this keyboard. The big negative I found with this keyboard is the lack of extra USB ports. I mean, geez, if it's a wired USB keyboard, why leave off the extra ports for easily connecting a mouse, tablet, or whatever?

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great keyboard
4 Star Review   By member paazel - Oct 10, 2005   

Strengths: design, better insert/home/delete layout, long cord

Weakness: tactile response could be better, ps2 connection not availibe, price, size of software package

have been waiting for a wired black ms natural keyboard for a while. i like the keyboard. the padded wrist rest is very nice. zoom slider seems useless. a "power on" button would have been welcome. software package is huge to customize keys. keyboard is very customizable. all & all happy with the product.

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