RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is a common problem among computer users. It is normally caused by the incorrect position of hands, wrists and arms while typing or using a mouse. The result is a pain in the hand, the wrist area, cramps in the forearm, or pain around the elbow. In fact, in US alone, RSI is a big part of work related injuries. Annoyingly, the solution is not that difficult. You need to sit right, have your elbows and arms parallel to your table, and be able to access your keyboard and mouse without putting your hands/arms at an awkward angle. A mouse support also helps.
Penclic have been trying to help the good fight against RSI by providing a bunch of peripherals that naturally force you to position your hands and arms properly. Using the B2 mouse, you could hold your mouse like a pen, keeping your wrist free of strain. Now, with the C2 Keyboard and the NiceTouch T2 touchpad, you also have the option of a keyboard and a touchpad.
Penclic Mini Keyboard (C2 – Corded)
We start by looking at the Mini Keyboard. The keyboard is a bit smaller than normal, but offers a fully functional keyboard. The advantage of having a ‘smaller than normal’ keyboard is that it forces both hands to be closer to each other when typing.
They keyboard plugs into any USB port in your computer. It works well with both Windows and Mac OS. It also acts as a USB hub, giving you three extra USB ports.
Overall the device comes with a soft beautiful plastic finish. The keys themselves offer good flow. Being smaller than normal, the keyboard does take a little getting used to. This is pretty common with almost any new keyboard you try. What I did notice while I tried it was the fact that if you tried to type too quickly, you may end up missing a key or two.
Penclic NiceTouch T2 Touchpad
The NiceTouch touchpad from Penclic is the perfect partner to the Mini Keyboard above. In fact, they go together rather well. The design for the touchpad encourages hand rest. The design is all about comfort, allowing your hands to rest easy on the soft surface.
Unlike a regular mouse, not only does it offer 4 buttons, but the scroll feature has been replaced with a new sort of scroller. One your rotate horizontally rather than vertically. This is designed to move your hand in a more gentle and natural way.
The touchpad worked rather well, as do the keys. It comes with a USB wire, and that plugs in nicely into the keyboard. The wire itself is a tad bit short, but it comes with a USB Extender in case you did need to plug it directly into your computer instead.
One major flaw for me was the fact that it is not a precision touchpad. That means you cannot use it with any of the touchpad gestures that are now common place for both Mac OS and Windows users. Overall though, having a nice soft touch and the wheel made it quite an interesting device to use. Much like the C2 Keyboard, there is a bit of a need to get used to this before it becomes a natural device for you.