- Product Dimensions: 52.7 x 28.7 x 8.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 231 g
- Item model number: B2M-00014
- ASIN: B000A7Q0HA
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 1 2005
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,531 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (French)
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- Breakthrough ergonomic keyboard design
- Cushioned palm rest
- Improved number pad
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Win32 USB Port French Hardware CD
From the Manufacturer
Advanced design positions your hands for comfort. The improved split design encourages a more natural hand, wrist, and forearm position and its curved key layout makes keys easier to reach.
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Top Customer Reviews
- The 4000 is not just another beautiful keyboard but a REALLY comfortable one too. Not only are the curves natural and well molded but the minimally padded leather-imitation wrist-rest offers a silky sense of luxury. The keyboard comes out of the box with a negative angle attachment, which can easily be removed - it is comfortable but personally I need to see what I am typing.
- Compared to other Ergonomic keyboards, one has to note that unless the keys are physically separated into two groups any ergonomic effects will be minimal. So, if you are thinking of Logitech's WAVE, it is a good idea to actually give both of them a try at a local store before making a choice. As I said, I am no professional typist (yes, more of a 2-fingers) yet I found that my typing is much faster and my typos more rare when using Natural keyboards.
- I liked the idea of the BACK/FORWARD buttons at the wrist-rest. Although most mice now have this functions on their side buttons, it is still a big help when browsing (my mouse has a Magnifying Function where the FORWARD usually is).
- Also, this is a really quiet keyboard. You get a satisfactory feeling when pushing a button but instead of an annoying "clack" sound only a muted "tap" is heard. Ideal if your wife is in the habit of taking naps in your home-office couch.Read more ›
But the spacebar is the worst. It's very stiff. The sensor is in the centre, but it's a very wide key - they should have designed to have two sensors on either end, or two separate spacebar keys for either thumb. The current design is basically a workout for your thumbs, it's not natural at all.
The space bar is a longish curved bar with a piston guide and switch in the middle and a couple of small guides near the ends. I know because I took it apart to try to get it to operate properly.
If you try and operate the key by pressing near the end(where your thumb falls naturally), the mechanism sticks because the piston in the centre is forced out of alignment. It sticks a lot. It needs an intentional and forceful slam.
If Microsoft made these with two separate space bar buttons, they'd have a nice keyboard.
Microsoft's quality control has gone downhill. On my last 3 keyboards that went kaputz between September 2012 and July 2013 (when this review was written), here's the chronology:
(1) on one failed model, the 'p' and 'o' keys failed suddenly without warning after less than 90 days of use
(2) on another failure, the entire keyboard quit working without warning
(3) on my third failure, a small splash of coffee rendered the 'l' and semicolon useless.
These keyboards are not spillproof at all, and even if you don't spill anything on them, they are prone to sudden failure. Be thankful that they are inexpensive; buy two, and keep the receipt, as you'll need it for the warranty claim you'll be making.
In my opinion, the Natural 4000 keyboard is the first worthy successor to the original MS Natural keyboard. It doesn't use any odd layout (shrunk arrow keys or two columns Ins/Home/Page keys). Of course, due to the uncompromising design, it's a bit larger than your average keyboard, although not as large as the original. I did not experience any problem that people here have been reporting, mainly the "hard to press" keys. The space bar and the other keys are comfortably easy to press.
I work as a sysadmin and I spend all day typing, so a good keyboard is very important to me. This keyboard met all my expectations. The ergonomic design makes it comfortable to type on. I recommend it to anyone wanting a true ergonomic solution.
Most recent customer reviews
good product. nice soft hand rest. comfortable design. quick access keys at the top come in handy.all in all a good buy! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Brian Appleton
Eternal classic and a but old timer / old fashion. But guess what, typing on a keyboard hasn't evolved too much either so it's still one of my favorite keyboard to type on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul
I love my keyboard. Took a little getting used to but now I love it!Published 4 months ago by Judy Warren
This is the only keyboard I've used over the last 20 years, seriously once you've used it you don't want to go back to regular keyboards. Good price on AmazonPublished 4 months ago by West Coast Mom
Ergonomic, but I feel like I make more mistakes on this keyboard than a regular one (particularly when using the space key). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Saba Sanatgar
It is great, the hand posture is perfect and helps my wrists a lot. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with tendonitis issue in the wrists.Published 5 months ago by Jocelyne Payeur