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USA ergo pro programmable Ergonomic PC Keyboard

FK403QPC-P-US

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A better ergonomic keyboard - Now programmable.
We've refreshed our top-of-the-line ergonomic keyboard...

It still has all the great features of the original Ergo Pro - tactile feedback, greater comfort, faster typing speeds, and quiet operation - but now it's also programmable.

Programmability lets you trigger a keyboard shortcut or type a string of text, with just a single keystroke.

£220.00 (£183.33 ex VAT) 

USA ergo pro programmable Ergonomic PC Keyboard - FK403QPC-P-US

This can be a real lifesaver for reducing wear & tear on your hands and wrists...

Awkward or difficult-to-remember keyboard shortcuts become fast & easy via programmed macro keys.

Boilerplate text that you type repeatedly throughout the day (up to 60 characters) can be done with one key press.

Programmable keys for... Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste (and more)
Dedicated hotkeys for the 4 most important keyboard shortcuts - undo, cut, copy, and paste - are already pre-programmed to work right out of the box.

Re-programming them is easy, and doesn't require any special software.

The 12 function keys, the side hotkeys, the split spacebars, and a few other keys, are all programmable.

Spacious gel palm supports with fold-out legs for tilting & tenting.
The gel palm supports are thick and comfortable, with folding legs that let you configure the keyboard (according to your preference) in either a tented position, tilted downward (negatively), or flat.

They can even be removed, if your desk already has palm supports built-in.

Configured to a 9° tenting angle...
Shown above and below, this is the most ergonomic configuration, with your wrists in a neutral position, rotated slightly.

The 4 centre legs are extended, with the 2 outside legs folded in.

Configured for 4.5° of negative tilt...
For the negative tilt configuration, unfold only the front legs of the palm supports.

This configuration is popular with people who find tenting too strange or difficult to adjust to.

Negative tilt offers significant ergonomic benefits, in a way that's closer to a traditional keyboard layout.

Some users start with this configuration initially (as a stepping stone) and then gradually transition to tenting.

Configured flat...
For a perfectly flat configuration, simply fold in all the legs.

This configuration may be useful if your desk or keyboard tray has its own angle adjustment already.

The best switches.
To put it bluntly, most ergonomic keyboards 'cheap out' on their keyswitches. They use rubber, instead of metal. Compromising here can ruin an otherwise good keyboard.

We’ve used the BEST keyswitches for typing... Matias Quiet Click mechanical switches.

Their ALPS-inspired design delivers generous amounts of tactile feedback, while providing enough resistance to support the weight of your hands - exactly what you need for fast, comfortable typing.

Plus, unlike every other mechanical switch, they are quiet enough to use in office environments. You don’t need to worry about disturbing your co-workers.

A better navigation cluster.
Navigation keys have always been a big problem for ergonomic keyboards.

If you follow the standard, the keyboard is too wide.

If you don’t follow the standard, there’s a long learning curve, and users are stuck having to suffer with an awkward, unfamiliar layout.

We’ve designed a truly new and better navigation cluster - one that’s much closer to standard AND more ergonomic...

We’ve arranged the navigation keys in their traditional pattern, but we laid them out horizontally, and then positioned them along the bottom row, more like a laptop keyboard.

It works beautifully, and the adjustment time is virtually zero. Try it once, and you’ll never want to go back.

Narrower, so that using a mouse is more comfortable.
Thanks to our unique navigation cluster, the Ergo Pro is not as wide as other ergonomic keyboards. It’s not much wider than a laptop keyboard.

This makes it much more comfortable to use with a mouse. Since you’re not reaching as far for it, your elbow doesn’t need to flare out at an awkward angle.

3 additional USB 2.0 ports.
Some keyboards have 2 USB ports - most have none. We’re giving you three! You can plug in your mouse, flash drives, digital cameras, and more.

2-year warranty.
We've extended the warranty to 2 years. If you have any problems, please contact us - you're in good hands.

Everything is in the box.
We’ve included everything you need in the box. There’s nothing extra to buy. You are all ready to go.

BUT if you did want to add a spot of color, we have replacement palm supports available in 4 gorgeous colors.

Extra cables are also included.
We know that everyone has their own unique desk setup, so we've included extra cables to better accommodate your particular situation...

Desktop computer users always need longer cables; Laptop users prefer shorter ones - so, we include both long and short USB cables, 6.5‑ft (2m) and 3.3‑ft (1m) respectively.

We also include 2 Bridge Cables, for connecting the left & right sides of the keyboard together...

The short Bridge Cable is enough to accommodate most users. A longer, retractable Bridge Cable can be used to separate the sides wider apart.

For users who wish to mount the keyboard to their chair, an extra-long Bridge Cable is available for purchase. Please contact us, if you have questions about this.

Laser etched keys.
All those symbols are handy, but what happens when they wear off? They won’t. They’re laser etched - burned into the keys with a laser - so they’ll never wear off.

Sculpted keytops.
keycap photoThe latest trend in keyboards is to have very flat & wide keys, with little or no space between them. You see this a lot on laptops and netbooks. While they look great, they can also be a little tricky to type on. The flatness makes it very easy to slide out of home row and lose your bearings.

The Ergo Pro bucks this trend. It has traditional sculpted keytops, curved to fit your fingertips, and keep you from sliding out of home position.

Audio & media controls.
By holding down the Fn key, you gain access to strategically placed keyboard shortcuts for Volume Up / Down, Mute, Pause / Play, Next Track, and Previous Track.

Ghosts busted.
Most keyboards allow only a few keys to be pressed at once, so they can’t keep up with very fast typists. The result is called ghosting - letters missing from what you actually typed, or additional letters that you didn’t type.

The Ergo Pro has special Anti-Ghosting Circuitry (also called n-key rollover) to eliminate these problems. You can type as fast as you’re able; the Ergo Pro will keep up.

USA ergo pro programmable Ergonomic PC Keyboard - FK403QPC-P-US

Manufacturer
Part Number
FK403QPC-P-US
Connection
USB
Cable length
2 Metre & 60cm bridge cable
Language Layout
USA
Number of keys/buttons
87
Switch Type
Matias Quiet Click
Length
368 mm
Depth
165 mm
Height
35 mm
Weight
1.7 kg
Compatible
PC
Gross Weight
2.3 kg

USA ergo pro programmable Ergonomic PC Keyboard - FK403QPC-P-US

  samsonjm  07/10/2020
This keyboard is fantastic! It is my first split keyboard, though I have used a curved-style ergonomic keyboard in the past. It is very comfortable to use, and it feels great to use it. The included wrist rests are soft and provide good support. The mechanical keys don't feel mushy at all, there is a definite break point, but they are also quite quiet.

I feel like the separation that the split keyboard provides is much better for my back, allowing me to keep my shoulders in line, rather than hunched forward on a traditional keyboard. Additionally, the discomfort in my hands that I felt from using my previous keyboard (cheap rubber-dome one that was a leftover from someone else) doesn't occur at all with this keyboard - I don't know whether that is due to the tenting or the mechanical keys, but it is appreciated.

There are three tenting legs under each half, allowing for tilts towards the user (not likely good on wrists), away from the user, and to the outside. I tried the outside and have liked it enough that I haven't wanted to change it.

It has also taught me that I've been touch-typing the Y and B keys incorrectly for years, but after a couple days of use, I have gotten used to their positions.

My only complaint is that the cord retracter that is attached to the cable that goes between the keyboards seems to have come slightly damaged - when I pulled the cables to their maximum length, the plastic piece in the middle of them was slightly chipped, and sometimes it is difficult to get it to retract again. However, this doesn't cause a usability issue, and the keyboards are not moving so I don't have to mess with it - its nice that it was included in the first place to keep the cords more tidy. I'm not bothered to get a replacement.

I haven't had extra keys on a keyboard before, and I do most of my work in VIM so the undocutcopypaste functionality isn't particularly useful to me, and I haven't tried them out. I also haven't attempted to reprogram them, so I can't comment on that.

I'm a bioinformatician and I have it at work, so I've mostly used it for coding and writing up paperspresentations. I like it enough that I'm considering getting one for home as well to replace my (unicomp) model M.

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