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Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 (~ $24 on Amazon) does not has built-in macro recording mode (you can use IntelliType GUI for that but assigning is limited to just eight keys unless you manually program your own macros in XML or export them from Microsoft Sidewinder, see below).
The only stupid design decision I noticed is usage +/- keys for sound. Other then that this is aexcellently designed keyboard.
Microsoft offers a three-year warranty on the keyboard and free phone support for the first 90-days -- after that, support will cost $35 per request. Microsoft's support Web site has a searchable knowledge base, FAQs, and software updates.
Can be used with Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display and Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse
It is more limited then Sidewinder, but also is cheaper and is some ways more convenient to type due to the angle between left and right parts of keyboard.
It has some (limited) macro programmable capabilities:
Multimedia Keys are inferior -- no rotating dial for volume. This is a design blunder.
All-in all this is a great keyboard for touch typists but not so great for those who use macros. IntelliType software capabilities with this keyboard are crippled in comparison with Sidewinder Pro. It might be also a good training device for teaching touch typing: it almost forces you to type blindly .
Initially keys feels uncomfortable: mushy, hard to press and have bad tactile feedback. But in a week you can adapt. It's interesting that size of keys is variable: for example extended N key in the lower row definitely helps to hit it for touch typists. You need Intellitype software to use all keyboard capabilities.
Might help RSI sufferers: the split keys and the angled keyboard keep your wrists in a more natural and comfortable position,. The keyboard is not designed to use the rear stabilizing feet and actually can be used with reverse tilt -- the unit comes out of the box with the -7 degree riser.
In Amazon reviews people claim they achived speed like 100 wpm with this keyboard.
On the negative side
The keyboard isn't PS/2 compatible. You do need a USB port or converter.
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 and Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 are cheaper alternative for Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000. They have the same macro capabilities.
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