If you’re looking for a one handed keyboard then we firmly believe that our wireless keyboard products offer many beneficial features to those who for whatever reason use only one hand when typing. Besides able-bodied users, we are happy to see more of our keyboard sales going to a range of users with movement impairments. These would include for example users with carpal tunnel injuries, stroke victims, Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy. Our keyboards can be easily operated using either one or both hands. Consider for example that you won’t ever have to hold the Shift-key again while simultaneously pressing a combination character; this is because we’ve introduced the concept of sticky-keys to our keyboard hardware. Imagine, no more finger gymnastics.
Another of the main benefits on offer is the ease with which you can quickly learn and begin to use our keyboards productively. This is also the main advantage our keyboards have over dedicated one handed keyboards, which in practice are not that easy to learn or use. if you happen to be recovering from a hand injury then you can also look forward to being able to use both hands for typing on our keyboards when fully recovered. Feedback from our one-hand using customers has been extremely positive with many of them buying two keyboards (mostly Optimized) for home and work use.
Yet another great feature of our keyboards is their programmability. If you’ve never used a programmable keyboard before then you’ll be surprised at how useful they can be in helping to ease your workload. We’ve not seen any competitor one handed keyboards offering this great feature, so as far as we know our keyboards are the only one handed programmable keyboards available. You can learn more about this great feature in a dedicated section below.
If you take the time to check, you’ll find that competitor keyboards are considerably more expensive. Most if not all competitor keyboards are priced in the hundreds of dollars (USD). For example, the one-handed Maltron will set you back approximately $420 along with additional tax(es) for certain territories and extra again for post & packaging. Others range in price anywhere from $250 to $650. BeeRaider’s keyboard prices are all-included-prices with express delivery (within a week of order) by DHL. Check out the ease with which one can operate our keyboards in the short demo-video below. Compare it with the ease of operation of competitor keyboards and then decide for yourself which one you’d rather have.
Here’s what Andrew at Maryland Department of Disabilities had to say
Overall, I think this is a great solution for individuals that need to keyboard but don’t have the ability to use both hands. I am pretty happy with this modern solution to address a critical need for individuals with only functional unilateral upper limb control.
Our current wireless keyboard products are available in two layouts, Optimized and QWERTY and are intended for use with desktop PCs running Windows operating systems: 7.0, 8.0/8.1 and 10.0.
One Handed Keyboard Benefits of BeeRaider’s Keyboards
So how do you type when typing with one-hand? Our recommendation below is one general suggestion. Different users may have their own preferred variation on this suggestion and that’s fine as long as the user is effective and comfortable when typing.
- Imagine a central horizontal line running through your keyboard from left to right
- Imagine a central vertical line running through your keyboard from top to bottom
- Place the hand so that the fingers are hovering just above the central part of the horizontal line. This is your Home position
- In general, you will aim to use the index and middle fingers of the operating hand for typing characters on one side of the vertical line
- In general, you will aim to use the ring and little fingers of the operating hand for typing characters on the other side of the vertical line
- In general, you will aim to use the index, middle and ring fingers for characters located at the top of the keyboard
- Use the index finger to operate the central space-key, the Enter-key and all other control keys surrounding the central space-key
- Use the thumb to operate the bottom space-key and the green and blue dotted keys.
Having memorized the layout of the alpha-characters on the Optimised keyboard, the user is ready to start typing. Begin by aiming for accuracy and letting the speed come naturally as the muscle-memory of the fingers starts to kick-in over the first few days.
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Optimized 2.4 GHz Wireless Radial Keyboard & Mouse
$134.99 normally $149.99 (The price includes worldwide DHL express delivery)
Note: USB nano-receiver, Mini Driver-CDROM and User Guide also come with the above.
QWERTY 2.4 GHz Wireless Radial Keyboard & Mouse
$125.99, normally $139.99 (The price includes worldwide DHL express delivery)
Note: USB nano-receiver, Mini Driver-CDROM, User Guide & silicone
overlay with Optimized layout come with the above.
Both our Optimized and QWERTY keyboards are programmable. You can automate the execution of a sequence of frequently used commands in any application. So for example, you could do this in your spreadsheet application by using the macro-record program that comes with our keyboards. This is a great way to take the tedium out of oft repeated tasks when using an application. Just use the macro-record feature to record the command-key-sequences and then name-save the macro(s) for future loading with whatever applications you intend to use them with. Because you have 5 programmable keys on your one handed keyboard, you can (at any given time) assign a different (application specific) macro to each of these 5 keys for use with your current application.
With some programming know-how you could greatly extend the options afforded by the 5 programmable buttons by having any (or all) button(s) launch a script when pressed that could present the user with a numerically numbered menu of options (1 to n), that depending on the number entered would run another (menu-named) script that would perform any given assigned task. As an example, for a programmer, it could insert a string of code at the cursor-point. Thus, things can be automated to a great extent with a programmable keyboard.
The main-key-cluster has a much smaller footprint compared to that of a standard QWERTY keyboard. The following graphic shows the comparative difference, which amounts to a footprint space saving of approximately 33%. This space saving reduction is achieved without sacrificing key-cap-size; in fact many of the key-caps are much larger while the smallest key-caps are equivalent in size to those found on the standard QWERTY keyboard.
- Because of the compactness of our one handed keyboard, there’s a big reduction in finger-travel-time leading to increased data-entry typing speed. The Optimized keyboard, owing to its logical design, offers even further savings in finger-travel-time
- Keys are offset and are bigger for the hand or hand’s weaker fingers and so encourages their use
- The operator can naturally position their hand or hands over the keyboard with ease and the inclusion of sticky-key operation means that you don’t need to hold down the shift-key when typing other combination characters
- All of the above help to reduce operator discomfort and fatigue, especially for one handed keyboard operators
- The Optimized keyboard has been expressly designed to be logical and efficient in use, facilitating increased user productivity, it has been specifically designed to minimize finger-travel-time. The layout of the alphabet characters are positioned in accordance with their frequency of occurrence in the English language, so that they fall more readily for use by the more agile index and middle fingers. This greatly reduces the amount of finger-travel-time thereby increasing your speed of data-entry.
- The location of the alphabet keys on each keyboard is relatively easy to memorize but more so with the Optimized keyboard, whose alphabet keys layout can be memorized using our training material in only 10-20 minutes. If you stop to think about it, almost everyone who uses a standard QWERTY keyboard would not be able to tell you where all the alphabet keys are located on it. Even people who have been using the standard QWERTY keyboard for many years are unable to do so. The reality is, it’s not a very logically designed keyboard and as a result it isn’t very efficient to use.
When using the Optimized keyboard and while following BeeRaider’s recommended learning approach, a user’s finger-muscle-memory kicks in after only a few days of continuous typing. With the alphabet key locations memorized and finger-muscle-memory now in place, a user’s typing speed and productivity quickly increases. Note that we provide a comprehensive training method and video on our Training webpage for those who decide to purchase our Optimized keyboard.
“We’ve tested this keyboard and it’s good. I’m glad that we’ve now got this product in our product range.”
Click here to download and print off the Full-sized Optimized Layout for hand-size checking.
Click here to download and print off the Full-sized QWERTY Layout for hand-size checking.
Our one handed keyboard is known as a Radial Keyboard Design. It has been designed as a 21st century computer keyboard with none of the shortcomings of the QWERTY standard keyboard, a design that was contrived for use with the mechanical typewriters of the late 19th century. The Radial Keyboard design is about simplifying the future of data-entry!