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Alternative Layout Keyboards


Alternative layout keyboards are keyboards where the position of the keys has been changed from the standard keyboard layout. These changes are designed to improve the keyboard ergonomics, and can include the following:

  • Character position is changed, such as a Dvorak layout keyboard.
  • Alignment has changed, such as an orthogonal layout.
  • The physical position of the keys has been altered, such as the Contoured keyboard.

    If you are accostomed to using a standard keyboard you will probably find that these alternate keyboards take a bit of time to used to. You will need to spend some time adjusting to the new key positions.




    Advantage Contoured Keyboard
    by Kinesis


    Click here for the Kinesis Advantage Contoured Keyboards.
    Advantage Contoured Keyboard



    Advantage Pro Contoured Keyboard
    by Kinesis
    Model # - KB510USB-MET (includes footswitch)
    Model # - KB510USB-MET-NF (footswitch not included)

    The Advantage Pro is the top-of-the-line model of the contoured line of keyboards from Kinesis. The keyboard has a double coating of a protective clear gloss on top of a metallic silver coating and features a second memory chip which permits longer macros and a hidden memory locking switch to prevent accidental or unauthorized programming changes. An option of bundling the Single Action Footswitch accessory at a discounted price is also available.
    Advantage Pro Contoured Keyboard

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    Specifications Model Price In Stock?
    USB KB510USB-MET (footswitch) $495.00 No
    16.5"W x 8.00"D x 2.90"H KB510USB-MET-NF (no footswitch) $465.00 No



    TypeMatrix USB EZ Reach Keyboard
    by Typematrix


    Click here for the TypeMatrix USB EZ Reach Keyboard.
    TypeMatrix USB EZ Reach



    Dvorak Keyboard
    by Matias
    Model # - FK107
    Special Order

    The Dvorak Keyboard is the only standard, conventional keyboard which offers a hard-wired switchable QWERTY-DVORAK dual-legended layout. Unlike software solutions which require configuration and fail to function during the login process, the Dvorak Keyboard is plug and play and provides instant access to the QWERTY or DVORAK layout with the simple press of a large toggle button at the top of the keyboard which indicates whether you are in DVORAK mode (toggle is backlit white) or QWERTY mode (toggle key turns blue in color). The DVORAK legending is in the default position (bottom left of each keycap) and is in white, and the QWERTY legending is in the alternate position (upper right of each keycap) and is in light blue. This keyboard also features an embedded 2 port USB hub.
    TypeMatrix USB EZ Reach


    Specifications Model Price In Stock?
    18.7" W x 6.8" D x 1.4" H FK107 $105.00 No


    Optimizer Keyboard
    by Matias
    Model # - FK201
    Special Order

    The Optimizer keyboard uses a 'layer shift' Optimize key (located where the CAPS LOCK is usually) to provide access to many commonly used functions and combination keystrokes.

    Other keyboards force you to move your hands (and arms) to reach the commands you use all day, every day. The Optimizer puts those commands MUCH closer - at or near where your hands already are - so no time is wasted moving them. An optimizer 'shift' key replaces the CapsLock key, providing access to a layer of additional functions including:

    Arrow Keys, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, Equal (=) on Number Pad, Cut, Copy, Paste, Enter, Esc, Delete, Backspace, Erase Word, Select, Select All, Select Word, Move by Word, Web Browser Back, Forward, Launch Calculator, Caps Lock, Num Lock.
    Optimizer Keyboard


    Specifications Model Price In Stock?
    18.7" W x 6.8" D x 1.4" H FK201 $50.00 No


    Dual Handed Maltron L90 Ergonomic 3D Keyboard
    by Maltron Keyboards
    Model # - DTUQ901B-US (without built-in trackball)
    Model # - DSUQ901B-US (with built-in trackball)
    Special Order

    The Dual Handed Ergonomic 3D Keyboard (L90) from Maltron uses an alternative keyboard design whose purpose is to reduce injuries like RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by reducing hand and finger movement while typing. The keys are grouped and split in accordance with touch typing conventions to keep the hands apart yet within reach of all the commonly used keys.

    Built with Cherry MX keyswitches, and the user has the choice of either the traditional QWERTY layout or the MALTRON layout. The numeric keypad is centrally located, with the space, tab, enter, delete and cursor control keys positioned directly beneath the thumb for quick and easy access. The keys are not staggered like they are in normal keyboards but arranged in a matrix.

    This version is USB only for PC/Mac and comes either with or without a trackball. Grey colour only.
    Dual Handed Maltron L90 Ergonomic 3D Keyboard

    Specifications Model Price In Stock?
    17.0" W x 8.5" D x 3.75" H
    Without built-in trackball - black DSUQ901B-US $915.00 No
    With built-in trackball - black DTUQ901B-US $1,040.00 No


    Mouth-Head Stick Keyboard
    by Maltron Keyboards
    Model # - MS10N1B-US
    Special Order

    The Mouth-Head Stick Keyboard from Maltron has a unique shape and keyboard layout suitable for those who cannot type with their hands. The shape matches natural head movement and the key arrangement minimises finger or stick activity, raising speed and relieving frustration.

    Push-On, Push-Off keys are provided for Shift, Control and Alt.

    Maltron keyboards all have the ability to turn off key repeating at the keyboard if it is not wanted. If allowed by the software in use, the repeat rate can be set to SLOW, MEDIUM or FAST at the keyboard.
    Mouth-Head Stick Keyboard


    Specifications Model Price In Stock?
    12.2" W x 7.9" D x 3.7" H MS10N1B-US $750.00 No




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