Ergonomic and Special Keyboards

The following keyboards are available for use in the IT Services Help Centre and lecture rooms.

Mini Keyboard (PC)

picture of mini keyboard compared to standard keyboard
Features:
  • Same layout as laptop computer keyboard
  • Lightweight
  • Useful for people with restricted arm, hand or finger movement

Setup Instructions

  • Close down and switch off computer
  • Unplug existing keyboard and plug in mini keyboard
  • Switch on computer
  • Keyboard is ready for use

Big Keys LX (PC)

picture of big keys keyboard compared to standard keyboard
Features:
  • Full range of keys for word-processing
  • Qwerty Layout
  • High contrast black lettering on white large keys. Keys are 4 x the size of standard keyboard keys and lettering is 10 x the size
  • Useful for users with visual impairment
  • When keyguard is fitted the keyboard is useful for people with motor difficulites as it allows specific keys to be aimed for

Setup Instructions

  • Close down and switch off computer
  • Unplug existing keyboard and plug in Big Keys keyboard
  • Switch on computer
  • Keyboard is ready for use

Natural Keyboard (PC)

picture of a natural keyboard
Features:
  • Ergonomic design allows hands and wrists to be held in more comfortable position
  • Useful for people suffering from RSI/ carpal tunnel syndrome

Setup Instructions

  • Close down and switch off computer
  • Unplug existing keyboard and plug in Natural keyboard
  • Switch on computer
  • Keyboard is ready for use

Cable Free Keyboard (PC)

picture of a cable free keyboard
Features:
  • Keyboard can be used away from desk (range 5 metres)
  • Useful for wheel chair users

Setup Instructions

There is a separate keyboard and receiver. The keyboard has a button on the top right hand side that acts as the mouse. The receiver has two PS2 plugs, a green one for the mouse, and a purple one for the keyboard.

  1. Before the keyboard can be used, three AA batteries need to be installed
  2. Unplug the standard keyboard
  3. Plug in the purple ended cable of the receiver into the keyboard port and the green in one into the mouse port
  4. The standard keyboard keys will work as normal, but to make the top row of special keys work, the following program must be run:
    • Start/Programs/Accessories/Accessibility/Multimedia Keyboard
  5. When you have finished, close the machine down
  6. Switch off, unplug the receiver, and replace original keyboard
  7. Remove batteries from keyboard and return to box

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