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Choosing The Right Keyboard Tray: UPLIFT Large Keyboard Tray vs UPLIFT Switch Keyboard Tray
When finding a keyboard tray, it's important to choose one that will work best for your ergonomic setup. There are a lot of options to choose from, and it can be hard to sift through all that information! It's very easy to make sure your keyboard is comfortably just above your lap height (to make sure your upper arms are hanging comfortably at your sides) and the keyboard is tilted away from you slightly to insure your wrists are perfectly straight. Just like the doctor ordered! Most keyboard tray platforms come in two styles: a singe large platform that will easily fit both mouse and keyboard on the same surface, or a tray designated for a keyboard with a separate mousing platform. So which is the one for you? Luckily, we have come out with affordable, high quality versions of both styles.
This tray features a low profile 27" x 11" platform to hold both mouse and keyboard. I would say this is the standard design of most keyboard tray systems, and it seems to fit most users. It easily slides out to lap level so you can type in comfort, and you can place the mouse pad on the opposite side for ambidextrous mousing. If you are used to typing on your desktop and looking to move to more ergonomic typing position, I believe that this tray would be an easy transition.
The Switch offers a separate mousing platform, allowing more adjustability and movement. A keyboard tray is supposed to reduce repetitive stress issues caused from over-reaching or incorrect typing heights, and the adjustable platform allows you to bring the mouse even closer to your body. If you currently suffer from shoulder problems, the Switch will allow for as little reaching as possible when you are mousing, and would probably be the best choice. This tray also allows for ambidextrous mousing, allowing the mouse platform to slide through the tray, easily transitioning from one side to the other.
Regardless of which tray you choose, either will greatly enhance your comfort and reduce the risk of serious shoulder or arm problems in the future. Both trays ship standard with a comfortable foam wrist rest, mouse pad, and cord manager as well as feature the same great height, tilt, and swivel adjustment. If you have more questions about keyboard trays, please feel free to call and speak with one of our experts at 1-800-531-3746.
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