Typematrix 2030 USB Ez Reach US Ergo Keyboard

Editor rating

3.6/5 on June 3, 2017

User's rating

27 reviews

VERDICT

In my opinion, every keyboard that comes with an ordinary computer should be more like the Typematrix 2030. Its ergonomic features - straight grid layout, small size, and reduced pinkie use - are all basic but helpful. Most importantly, the keyboard is not some weird-looking device that will scare users with a steep learning curve. Though small and deceptively simple-looking, the TypeMatrix 2030 is really quite an innovation.

If you’re a born minimalist or just somebody with a small desk, you can’t do much better than the TypeMatrix. It’s one of the smallest keyboards you can buy, yet includes almost all of the commonly used keys and a strikingly usable numeric keypad. Plus – if you listen to TypeMatrix – it’s ergonomically beneficial as well.

A modern keyboard layout

The flagship feature of the TypeMatrix 2030 is the improved layout of its keys. Look down at your keyboard. Notice something odd about the way the key rows are staggered? Neither do most people. We just expect that C, for instance, doesn’t line up exactly with D, and U doesn’t line up exactly with J. While this might seem like some kind of ergonomic innovation, it turns out that there’s nothing innovative about it. Like QWERTY itself, the staggered layout is a holdover from the days of manual typewriters, when the keys had to be staggered to leave room for their mechanical arms. Unlike QWERTY, this ancient holdover can be changed without too much inconvenience for the user.

The TypeMatrix design straightens out the staggered keys, giving the keyboard a simple grid layout. But that’s not all. To further transfer some typing load away from the weaker pinkie fingers, TypeMatrix also moved some important keys. Enter, Backspace, and Delete are now in a straight column down the center of the keyboard. Personally I think this is a good idea, but it takes some getting used to – as do numerous other tweaks to the positions of keys like Ctrl, Alt, and Backslant.

Some people have reported typing clumsily for weeks after switching to the TypeMatrix. I was able to go fairly fast on it right away, though I had to look at my hands for accuracy. The biggest problem I experienced was with the right Shift key, which is further away than I’m used to. When I tried to type, for instance, the word “TypeMatrix,” I ended up with “\typeMatrix” instead – Backslant being where my pinkie expected to find Shift.

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