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TypeMatrix EZ-Reach 2030, a Different Kind of Keyboard
By: Shawn Milochik
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    2006-05-01

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  • TypeMatrix EZ-Reach 2030, a Different Kind of Keyboard
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    I have long held the opinion that the aspect of computing which is most in need of improvement is input devices. The keyboard is a perfect example of something which would never exist if it weren't for inertia. The evolution of the keyboard has been basically unchanged for over 80 years, since the days of the mechanical typewriter.

    Various attempts have been made to correct this, but all have fallen by the wayside, doomed to be a marginal player at best due to low adoption rates. These rates are most likely due to the high cost of these keyboards, owing to the high cost of production for small companies with a vision. Most keyboards praised by geeks and those suffering from RSI injuries cost in the hundreds of dollars.

    The TypeMatrix EZ-Reach 2030 caught my attention because of the non-staggered keys and small size. I decided to try it out in my continuing quest for a keyboard which is actually designed for the human hands and wrists. Over the past three weeks I've used the 2030 for writing, coding, and generic keyboarding tasks. I'm sharing my findings in the hopes that I might help others who are looking for a replacement for the dinosaur droppings on their desks.

    At first glance, the EZ-Reach 2030 is a sleek, nice-looking board. Its small form factor leaves more room on the desk for your pointing device, and fits well in a lap. The keys are full-sized, but there are fewer of them than on standard keyboards. This is partially due to the fact that the dedicated number pad is accessed by using the Num Lock and the gray number section of the keyboard. However, dedicated Home, End, and arrow keys are available full-time.

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