I always wonder if the companies that make ergonomic keyboards are hurting their business by pricing their products so high. While I like my Kinesis Contoured Keyboard, I don’t see anything about it that should make it cost 10 times more to manufacture than a regular keyboard. At $300, I have to wonder if anyone but an RSI sufferer would consider one. However, the Maltron Ergonomic Keyboard, coming in at just under $500, makes the Kinesis model look like a steal.
Now if a keyboard helps alleviate the pain in your hands, it’s probably worth every penny to you. I don’t begrudge the money I spent on my Kinesis.
The thing is… we should all be using ergonomic keyboards. Just because your wrists aren’t bugging you today doesn’t mean they won’t be tomorrow. Why not switch now and possibly prevent problems down the road? Unfortunately, at $300-$500, the average user just isn’t going to consider switching until they’re already in pain.