Review: Penclic mini wireless keyboard
New products on the market seek to reduce stress and strain on our physical body so we take a look at how they measure up. First up, ergonomic keyboards.
We spend, on average, around seven hours a day using computers, smartphones and tablets. All this activity adds up in the form of repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel, and associated issues, so using the right hardware is essential.
What is the product?
Penclic Mini Keyboard K2 (Wireless) – only available at Posturite
What does it claim to do?
The keyboard is sold as an ergonomic product, and manufacturers claim that the “compact size allows you to position your hands to help reduce Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) issues from occurring. The comfortable quiet-touch keys minimise noise and require little typing effort.”
Why are you using it and what are your expectations?
Having recently been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, I expected there to be a noticeable and significant difference between using this keyboard and a standard (non-ergonomic) keyboard.
Plus points: The size and weight are very attractive features of the product. I work on both computer and paper and so I find it very useful to simply move the keyboard out of the way with ease and without the hassle of wires.
I would also say that its aesthetics are a nice feature. I am a big fan of Apple products, and this keyboard has a similar look and feel to it – the keys themselves are nowhere near as sensitive though.
Negative points: Unfortunately, I’m not convinced on the ergonomic properties of the keyboard. Whereas I will admit that there has been a mild improvement on using a standard (non-ergonomic) keyboard, it has not been a significant one for me.
The wrists aren’t supported, and although they are flatter towards the desk you are working on, they are still at an (unsupported) angle. I will admit that aches and pains are slightly less, but it is not to the magnitude that I was expecting.
I would disagree with the ‘quiet-touch keys’ that ‘minimise noise’ and ‘require little typing effort’. The keys have to be pressed in reasonably firmly. I tried using the keyboard with a lighter touch but it doesn’t respond. Also, and this is obviously just a niggly point, the number lock is automatically turned on every time the keyboard is powered on. This seems a little unusual.
How did it match up to expectation? What was the outcome?
I did notice some difference in my wrist discomfort, however, I would not say it was significant enough to make me spend the money on this product. I would, instead, be tempted to move towards tried and tested products in order to address my carpal tunnel issues.
Would you recommend it?
I would recommend this because it’s light, wireless and attractive. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for what it claims to be – quiet, sensitive and ergonomic.