Do you struggle to keep your back straight while sitting at the computer? Do your hands, arms and wrists hurt after long working or gaming sessions? The secret to a good posture, is a split keyboard.
If you already have a split keyboard, then this guide will help you maximize the potential of your ergonomics by looking into the best keyboard positions to keep your back, neck, wrists and hands in shape Keep reading or watch the video below;
Let’s start simple and position both halves almost together but angled inwards. Just tilt the sides until your hands are aligned with your forearms.
This position is common for beginners or small desks, and it’s already a significant improvement over a traditional keyboard. Now your wrists are no longer bent outwards, one of the main reasons you felt pain while typing or gaming.
If you continue to split both halves, your chest opens even more, rotating your shoulders backward and helping you keep your back straight without effort.
A small split makes the keyboard use a lot of desk space, pushing your mouse away. If you don’t like that, we have a solution: split both halves more, and place the mouse in the middle.
Get creative with this space, you can also place a trackpad, you coffee or even your lunch while you're on a break!
A medium split is one of the most common setups, but you can keep going.
Now try placing the halves of the keyboard in front of your shoulders or even a bit further apart.
You’ll instantly notice that your chest opens up, and your back is now straight.
In this scenario, you don’t usually need to rotate the keyboard inwards: your wrists will naturally be aligned with your forearms.
This configuration uses a lot of the desk but gives you heaps of space for your mouse in the middle.
You can even place a big drawing tablet. Or your pet.
Only one half
What if you only want to use one half? How should you position it?
Here’s a simple tip for those cases: position your mouse, trackpad, or drawing table like you would place the missing half of the keyboard.
That way you can avoid adopting weird positions that'll start hurting after a while.
And remember, when using drawing devices, or gaming intensively, be sure to pay attention to your posture while watching details on the screen.
It’s ok to lean and look closer once in a while, but remember to lay back afterward.
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As you’ve seen, once you split your keyboard, a world of opportunities opens up.
We recommend starting simple and slowly splitting the keyboard wider apart.