Split keys: you either love them or hate them. The ergonomic design, built to reduce RSI and enhance your comfort, can take some time to get used to, but after going through a month of irritation relearning to type, a lot of people never go back from Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.

The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 from Microsoft is a beautiful piece of hardware. A soft leather-effect wrist rest complements the black-and-silver gullwing look, and you can use a bar to invert the lift on the board for maximum comfort. There's a zoom slider and customised hotkeys – both nice touches.

It's a shame the 4000 is USB-only. Setup's a cinch. Load the IntelliType Pro 5.3 software, add the board and clack away. Or rather, don't. To colleagues' relief, the board lacks that satisfying noise.

Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000: Specs

  • Win 2000/XP
  • 233MHz Pentium or higher
  • 128MB RAM
  • 60MB of hard drive space
  • 460x260x40mm
  • 1.2kg
  • 3-year warranty
  • Win 2000/XP
  • 233MHz Pentium or higher
  • 128MB RAM
  • 60MB of hard drive space
  • 460x260x40mm
  • 1.2kg
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

You can find much cheaper ergonomic boards than the 4000 but none with the same great design or interesting additions. It looks nice, and – most importantly - is extremely comfortable to use. Well worth shelling out for.

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