<gasp> After at least 11 years, my original Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard finally died. CTRL-C stopped working along with the ENTER key.

I must say, it’s very hard to work without the ENTER key.

I am not an expert on keyboards, but I must say, once you find a keyboard that works for you, keep it.

Personally, I like ergonomic keyboards. I find them less straining than the straight keyboards I used growing. My first foray into ergonomic keyboards came in the last 90’s when a friend of mine had picked up a Logitech ergonomic keyboard.

I was so impressed with that, I immediately went out and bought and started using it. Well, tried to use it.

Switching from a straight keyboard to an ergonomic keyboard was different to say the least. I took me a week to get used to the split keyboard and probably another month to get really proficient at it.

What’s weird and what I don’t understand, is that after using ergonomic keyboards for so many years, I can usually feel the strain within 15 – 20 minutes when using a straight keyboard. But I don’t feel this same or similar strain when using a laptop keyboard whether it be Nomad or Worky. Is that weird?

The formerly working keyboard.

The Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 served me well for years. To be efficient in all my primary work areas, I also have the same keyboard at work. This helps me not to have to get used to different ergonomic keyboards on a daily basis.

Alas poor Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 that just died, what do I do now?

I bought a new one.

The new Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000
The new Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 in all of its expected 11 year life span glory!

I don’t recall exactly, but in the mid to late 00’s the Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 cost around $50.00, which isn’t cheap, but isn’t as expensive as some of the newer wireless options that Microsoft has available such as the sculpt series.

Looking at prices on Amazon it seems there are sellers selling a “Business” edition ( ?) for around $33.00 USD. As you can see by the lone unboxing photo above, the box it came in, is plain with just the keyboard and a warranty/warning booklet.

The keyboard feels slightly different when typing, but the layout is the same which allows me to continue to be as proficient as I can be.

While I personally recommend the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 as do many others ( https://co-op.theinventory.com/this-is-the-best-keyboard-according-to-you-1831676771 ), I’d also make the argument that once you find a keyboard that works for you, stick with it.