By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 21, 2013 04:00 PM EST
The TECK keyboard, according to its creators, is "the only truly ergonomic keyboard on the planet" and promises to provide a more comfortable typing experience.
The company behind the TECK keyboard is even called Truly Ergonomic, and right now this mechanical keyboard is the company's only product.
Truly Ergonomic has reportedly designed the TECK keyboard to last 10 times longer than standard keyboards, and equipped it with a unique symmetric columnar key arrangement that aims to help users type with straighter wrists.
The TECK keyboard also sports full N-key rollover (NKRO) as well as anti-ghosting, which promises to correctly detect each key pressed, regardless of how many other keys the user presses at the same time (up to six plus modifiers).
"The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard design follows the symmetric shape and neutral position of the human body, promotes a healthier posture helping to reduce wrist, shoulder, neck, and lower back pain and strains, and allows you to become more efficient and accelerate your productivity in a comfortable and healthy manner," reads the product description.
"The German-Engineered Cherry MX Mechanical Keyswitches feature an independent mechanism for each key (a feature not present on most keyboards), require very low force to activate, provide a gentle tactile feedback, and therefore are very kind to your hands," the company further touts. "These keyswitches are also robust; they provide a long life expectancy preserving their excellent tactile feel, helping you save money in unnecessary future purchases."
With ergonomics in mind, TECK ditches the traditional layout and staggered keys in favor of an optimized layout designed to provide more comfort while typing. The changes, however, mean that users will need a lot of practice before reaching their regular typing speed. Truly Ergonomic recommends spending days, if not weeks, getting accustomed to the keyboard and offers a 60-day money-back guarantee in case users cannot get used to it.
So Many Changes!
The new layout will likely make a shocking first impression. Nearly every "special purpose" key is in a new location on the TECK keyboard, which is confusing to say the least. Delete, Tab, Backspace, and Enter are now located in the center column, with the Spacebar split around the Enter key. Meanwhile, the Shift key on the left is one row higher, CTRL is where Shift normally sits, and the ALT key is at the bottom-left, replacing CTRL.
The same principle applies to the right side as well, with the Enter key again relocated to the middle of the Spacebar. Other changes include an equal sign where Backspace usually resides, while the back-slash and forward-slash are on the left where the Tab key should be.
The cursor keys are located under the user's right hand, down from the JKL area, and the Home/End/PgUp/PgDn are located under the left hand, creating an equally confusing experience.
The new TECK mechanical ergonomic keyboard will definitely take some time to get accustomed to, but it promises a great experience once one gets used to the keyboard. The TECK is now available for purchase with a $222 price tag.