Wrist-Rests

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sixty
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01 Feb 2011, 08:37

Do you guys use them?

Personally, I have not been using wristrests for the last 13 years or so and recently started using them about a year ago. By now when I remove the wristrest, I find myself getting pain in my wrists and arm (up to the shoulder!) pretty quickly. The first few days of using one felt pretty awkward. But in the end I am glad I learned to adjust to them. I really do miss one, if I don't have one for a longer period of time nowadays.

At the office I use this one:
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Kensington Gel one for like $12. It looks ugly as hell, but its nice and soft. Very comfortable.

At home I use the Filco one, which I don't like too much.

Last month, a friend helped me to pre-order one of these made of Indonesian Ebony:
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I should be receiving it sometime in February. They do look awesome, but I'm afraid that a) I won't be able to get it through the customs because of some EU laws on tropical woods and b) it might be too hard for my taste after getting used to the cheap-o gel one.

I saw this one on OTD today, which might be made by the same guy:
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Kinda interesting to have it extend and act as a little table for the actual board.

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Brian8bit

01 Feb 2011, 08:43

I don't use one and don't really feel a need to use one. However I see a lot of them on OTD and the wooden ones look fantastic. I find myself wanting them purely for aesthetic reasons rather than ergonomic.

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bugfix

01 Feb 2011, 09:52

I use the Fellowes wrist rest that Bruce included for free when I ordered my Realforce.
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Minskleip

01 Feb 2011, 12:35

Wow that wooden with extender looks great. I've never used one; I have the keyboard so far in on the desk that I rest my forarms on the corner of the desk. My wrists are then hoovering nicely over the board, and I get these cool indents in my arms.

ynih

03 Feb 2011, 01:58

I've debated for a LONG time before buying my FILCO keypads, and boy am I glad I got them.
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They were a little pricey for me, but my hands completely FLY on my Cherry MX Brown board when I have the wrist rest on....Also relieves any fatigue I may have as well!

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webwit
Wild Duck

03 Feb 2011, 02:08

Oblig.

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Note: I don't use wrist rests.

I use hand rests.

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Minskleip

03 Feb 2011, 02:11

Just remember that if you train hard and remove one obstacle, you will fly, but your overall strength will go down and normalise.

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daedalus
Buckler Of Springs

03 Feb 2011, 02:24

Been using the Filco one alot. I'll agree that it isn't the best, but it does me just fine.

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HaaTa
Master Kiibohd Hunter

03 Feb 2011, 02:42

I tried really hard to justify buying the foam pads for the uTron, but, being a student still, couldn't really do it.

They do look awesome though (and probably feel better)/

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webwit
Wild Duck

03 Feb 2011, 02:49

They are very clinical. If you sit behind the microtron with its silky keycaps and rest your wrists on that fabric, you almost feel like a doctor in a sterile environment or something. The fabric has a little zipper, so it can be taken off the memory foam, and washed. Of course it is insanely overpriced, the consequence of tooling prices combined with small series.

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keyboardlover

03 Feb 2011, 03:32

No wrist rest for me. I don't think I need one.

ynih

03 Feb 2011, 03:41

webwit wrote:They are very clinical. If you sit behind the microtron with its silky keycaps and rest your wrists on that fabric, you almost feel like a doctor in a sterile environment or something. The fabric has a little zipper, so it can be taken off the memory foam, and washed. Of course it is insanely overpriced, the consequence of tooling prices combined with small series.
Wow, that's really something....It was hard to justify the $60+ for a wrist rest that is as hard as a FIlco, but for a uTron? ... Hmm, maybe when I earn six figures, I'll buy a couple..

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Mrinterface

03 Feb 2011, 14:02

The Steelseries 7G also has a very nice wrist rest included. Although I never used it, many people are enthusiastic about it.

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webwit
Wild Duck

03 Feb 2011, 14:10

One way to classify them would be by ability to be used for self-defense.
You could hurt someone with the Filco wrist rest. The microtron rest, not so much. I think the German police is equipped with the same wrist rest sixty uses, for crowd control and such.

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keyboardlover

03 Feb 2011, 14:17

Dual-function wrist rests?

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webwit
Wild Duck

03 Feb 2011, 14:19

The baguette is triple-function. You can smack someone against the head with one pretty badly, especially when aged. They should equip the French police with them.

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iMav

03 Feb 2011, 15:10

I have a ducky wrist rest that is sized for tenkeyless 'boards. I started using it simply because I had it. More often then not however, my wrists aren't touching it at all. More of a place to rest in between typing.

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kidchunks

03 Feb 2011, 19:15

I have a ducky tenkeyless and full. My elbows do more resting on it than my risk(LOL meant wrist). I do the "thinking" sitting pose a lot.
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itlnstln

03 Feb 2011, 20:06

Old-school, thick-mousepad style here. It's like the floppy dildo of wrist rests. It would only be useful as a weapon in a lesbian porn scene.

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sixty
Gasbag Guru

03 Feb 2011, 20:10

itlnstln wrote:Old-school, thick-mousepad style here. It's like the floppy dildo of wrist rests. It would only be useful as a weapon in a lesbian porn scene.
lol. One day I'll still make a thread about keyboards in porn movies.

itlnstln

03 Feb 2011, 20:32

I must say, as much porn as I have watch, especially secretaries being taught about input devices in their boss' office, I have never ONCE noticed a keyboard.

Webwit had a classic post on GH that covered this, but I could never find it.

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webwit
Wild Duck

03 Feb 2011, 20:45

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nanu

03 Feb 2011, 21:44

I made a wrist rest in late 2009 from an oak door threshold. It's attached via aluminum L-brackets that are quite pliable. I bent it upwards to accommodate the negative slope of these keycaps, since I'm too lazy to add rear riser feet to my keyboard and keypad. I know I've rested my arms for too long the sooner I have to re-bend it.

I'm thinking of reattaching the wrist rest via hinges and then using long screw-threaded poles on the keyboard drawer underside to allow for tilt adjustment, because that's more stupid complicated than mere shock absorbers (not very unlike slam-dunkable basketball hoop designs).
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Minskleip

03 Feb 2011, 23:06

nanu, do you have more photos of that keyboard? What type of wood is it made of?

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nanu

03 Feb 2011, 23:23

Yeah, my mods use basswood. It's a mostly cheap, non-patterned and easy to work craft wood. I used it since I had a lack of power tools.

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Minskleip

03 Feb 2011, 23:31

Cool! Did you use any glue or something to hold it together? I don't have any tools either, but worst is that I don't have any space to use them if I where to get any.

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nanu

03 Feb 2011, 23:53

Yep, wood glue. I found an ancient GH post where you see the keyboard before the mod (example basswood strips on top of desk)

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Minskleip

04 Feb 2011, 00:14

Thanks a lot! I've noted basswood.

instantkamera

04 Feb 2011, 00:19

sixty wrote:Do you guys use them?
nope, never have.
sixty wrote: I saw this one on OTD today, which might be made by the same guy:
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Kinda interesting to have it extend and act as a little table for the actual board.
THAT, however, could make me start. Hot shit.

itlnstln

04 Feb 2011, 15:04

For US members that want something like the wood rest/monitor stand setup, PM chuckading on GeekHack. He has a few models for the HHKB and tenkeyless 'boards. He was selling them for around $100, I believe.

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