Newswatch.com is a news site that focuses on entertainment and technology, offering a large pool of content. Most of this content is hosted by three particular people named Andrew Tropeano, Michelle Ison, and Chris Vaughn. They play host to a nice, informal show with a light-hearted demeanor. Apart from all this, they also have a section on their website for product reviews and testimonials.
I chose to focus on their review of Contour Design keyboards. These are very interesting and innovative keyboards that bring a completely new concept to the table. This particular company has a long history of innovation in keyboard design, but their newest line of models, dubbed “The Ultimate Workstation series”, is intended to re-invent the idea of the keyboard entirely. While it retains the simple alphabet keypad which is necessary to any keyboard, it brings a much more ergonomic shape, combined with a good thick pad for your wrists. The entire thing operates without any wires, and is also programmed to turn itself off when not in use.
The most interesting feature is a new type of mouse called a roller mouse. It consists of a roller that can be slid from side to side, or spun to go up and down. It even has a digital left-click to minimize impact on the fingertips. One of the advantages of this setup is that you don’t have to “reach” for things at the edge of the screen, as you would with a standard mouse. Everything about it is designed with superior ergonomics in mind.
The company makes the argument that, with all the millions of people all over the world who use keyboards every day, one would think that people wouldn’t still be using the same standard keyboard-and-mouse setup that has been the norm for decades. While computers themselves are constantly advancing, the basic form of the keyboard has not changed since the earliest days of the personal computer. There is a convincing argument here for the idea of going in a new direction.
The Ultimate Workstation comes in several different styles, but all have similar characteristics. Surely, anything this innovative deserves a try!