Eliminates Over-reaching for the Mouse
Regular size keyboards with integrated numeric keypads on the right make reaching for your mouse on the right-hand side an ergonomic risk factor. The further you have to reach for the mouse (from the dominant hand home row, over the navigation keys, over the numeric keypad), the greater the risk of injuries to the arm and shoulder due to overreaching. The Evoluent Essentails Compact Keyboard eliminates this potential risk factor by eliminating the built-in numeric keypad.
Full Size Keycaps and Spacing
Standard sized keycaps and key pitch (the space between the keys) results in no learning curve when transferring keyboarding skills to this keyboard. On most compact keyboards, the function (F1-F12), cursor/arrow (↑↓←→) and modifier keys (ALT/CTRL/SHIFT) are usually smaller than normal resulting in keying errors and frustration. This is not the case on this keyboard where all 84 standard keys preserve all touch typing skills previously acquired.
Hotkeys provide driver-free one touch access to common feature including Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Web, E-mail, Computer, Mute, Volume Down, Volume Up, Sleep, and Turn Off.
Ultra-Thin Neutral Profile
The extremely low profile (key tops are only 0.4" or 1 cm off the top of the desk) eliminate the possibility of wrist extension (i.e. bending 'up' at the wrist) when using this keyboard. The neutral profile ensures that all keys are at the same height, unlike most keyboards which have a positive profile resulting in the function row being significantly higher than the bottom row on the keyboard (even with the legs at the back not deployed).
Full Size Keycaps and Tactile Raised Bumps - No learning curve when switching to this keyboard, one of the first truly compact keyboards (but not a mini keyboard) on the market.
High Quality Scissor-Switch Membrane Keys - Precision scissor-switch membrane keyswitches provide crisp keying action and fast snap-back of the keys after actuation, unlike some compact keyboards which use non-stabilized wobbly membrane keys which lack crispness and feel mushy.
No Function Key Required - All keyboard actions are directly accessible with a single key, no Fn key embedded layer multi-key actions are required.
Plug and Play - no Driver required