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The Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard is a lightweight and ultra-slim keyboard ideal for portable applications. Unlike most other "compact" keyboards, the Evoluent Essentials features full-sized keycaps with a standard key pitch (i.e. the distance between each key cap) of 19.05 mm. Above the primary keys is a bank of twelve half-height hot keys for quick access to frequently used functions such as Cut, Copy, and Paste and to multimedia applications. The keyboard has a neutral (flat) profile and crisp, high quality scissor-switch membrane keyswitches. Raised dots and ridges help experienced typists identify important landmark keys by touch.
The low profile of this keyboard, just 0.4", means that the risk of wrist extension that can lead to chronic pain in the hands and wrists is almost eliminated. The compact narrow footprint also means that whether one positions their mouse to the left or the right, the distance being reached is very minimal, reducing the risk of problems associated with reaching for the mouse when using a standard fullsize keyboard.
Note: The Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard offers the familiar row of numbers along the top, but does not have an embedded number pad or an embedded navigation layer. Those who need frequent access to numbers may wish to consider the Evoluent Reduced Reach Right-Handed Keyboard or a standalone numeric keypad to the workstation.
Reduces Risk of Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Strain
To access the mouse when using a traditional keyboard with a built-in number pad, typists must reach from the home row, over the navigation keys, and then over the number pad. This repeated extension of the arm at the shoulder can place considerable strain on the muscles of the upper body on the mousing side. By eliminating the numeric keypad, the Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard means the mouse can be kept much closer to the body, and dramatically reduces the need to reach outside the Comfort Zone.Learn More About Overreaching Outside the Comfort Zone.
Reduces Risk of Wrist Pain
The ultra-thin housing of the Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard allows most to type without creating the unhealthy, upward bend at the wrist known as wrist extension. Learn More About Wrist Extension.Note:
Regardless of the devices in use, wrist extension cannot be prevented if the work surface is either too high, or too low. Learn More About Improper Work Surface Height.
- Standard Keys: Despite its compact dimensions, all the keys (including the function and modifier keys) on the Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard are standard sized, with standard key pitch (i.e. the distance between keys).
- Raised Dots and Ridges: Tactile dots and ridges alert experienced touch typists to the position of important landmark keys.
- High Quality Scissor-Switch Membrane Keys: Precision scissor-switch membrane keyswitches provide crisp keying action and fast snap-back of the keys after actuation.
- One-Touch Hotkeys: A bank of half-height hotkeys provide one touch access to frequently needed functions (Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Web, E-mail, Computer, Mute, Volume Down, Volume Up, Sleep, and Turn Off).
- Low Profile: The slim housing (only 0.4" high) reduces the potential for wrist extension.
- Portable: The slim profile and dimensions mean that the Evoluent Essentials keyboard is highly portable. Combining it with a portable stand to elevate a laptop screen can greatly improve ergonomics when working remotely.
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Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard
Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard, with mouse
Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard, Includes Navigation Keys
Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard, Convenient Shortcut Keys
Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard, Keycap Profile
Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard, Low Profile Design
- Width: 13.0" (33.0 cm)
- Depth: 6.75" (17.1 cm)
- Height: 0.375" (0.95 cm)
- Weight: 0.84 lbs (380 g)
- Number of Keys: 96 (includes 12 hotkeys)
- Keyswitch: Scissor Switch Membrane
- Key Pitch: 0.75" (19 mm)
- Keyswitch Travel Distance: 2 mm
- Interface: USB
- Cord Length: 69.0" (1.75 m)
- Compatibility (Plug and Play):
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10; 32 bit and 64 bit versions
Mac OS X (excluding hotkeys)
Linux (excluding hotkeys)
Unix (excluding hotkeys)
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Package Contents: Evoluent Essentials Full Featured Compact Keyboard
- The ultra-slim housing of this mobile-friendly keyboard warrants a little extra care when handling. When removing the keyboard from a bag or briefcase, avoid damage to the keys by grasping the sturdy silver trim on the top edge (with the Evoluent logo). Typing with as light a touch as possible will further minimize the risk of damage to the keyswitches while reducing the strain on your hands.
- The Evoluent Essentials keyboard readily accommodates mouse use on both left and right sides. In fact, rather than trying to use a non-ergonomic "ambidextrous" mouse you may wish to consider dedicated Right- and Left-handed models of the Evoluent VerticalMouse.
- If you prefer a little padding when resting your hands the SAMA Palm Support can be a great addition to the Evoluent Essentials Keyboard. At just 12" in width and only 0.5" in height it almost perfectly matches the keyboard profile, elevating the hands level with the keycaps.
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