Apple smart keyboard on 12.9 hurting fingers

Evan becker

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Hey guys this might be a little odd but I recently bought the 12.9 keyboard and I guess I'm not used to it because I have been using windows keyboard my whole life (very clicky with a lot of travel) so as Ive been using my ASK ive noticed that ive been getting finger pain in my joints when I used it for a long period of time. Don't get me wrong I love my AsK but I'm wondering if other people have felt this and whether it gets better with time using the keyboard.

If you have experienced this and have moved on to a different keyboard could you please let me know what you moved to? It seems EVERY keyboard has its downfalls
 

spiderman0616

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I have found that getting used to a lighter touch on the Apple Smart Keyboard helps with this. Since there is less travel, you don't really need to hammer on those keys like you're used to doing. Easy does it. If you LIKE the travel of your other keyboards, you might thinking about switching to the Logitech keyboard case instead. From what I hear, it is more similar to a traditional laptop keyboard.
 
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Evan becker

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It used to hurt and bother me. But I'm used to banging away on keyboards and had to learn to type softer on the ASK.
yes this is exactly my problem I think. I do tend to bang on the keys rather than a soft touch. Ive only had it for a few weeks so ill give it more time and try to concentrate on softer touches. Thanks guys
 
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yes this is exactly my problem I think. I do tend to bang on the keys rather than a soft touch. Ive only had it for a few weeks so ill give it more time and try to concentrate on softer touches. Thanks guys
I've had mine for almost a year. I use Dell keyboards at work and on my home PC. It always takes me a few minutes to re adjust to the ASK when I use it. Not to mention I'm used to the pre 2012 Thinkpad keyboards as well.
 

Evan becker

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I've had mine for almost a year. I use Dell keyboards at work and on my home PC. It always takes me a few minutes to re adjust to the ASK when I use it. Not to mention I'm used to the pre 2012 Thinkpad keyboards as well.
how long did it take you to adjust to the soft tapping, do you remember?
 

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yes this is exactly my problem I think. I do tend to bang on the keys rather than a soft touch. Ive only had it for a few weeks so ill give it more time and try to concentrate on softer touches. Thanks guys
I've used mechanical keyboards for 40 years. It was a joy to use keyboards (like the Macbook, etc.) that had less resistance and less key travel. Less fatigue and faster speeds. It could be why the ASK is my favorite keyboard (of any keyboard).

Hang in there, there is a bit of a learning curve, but it might very well pay off.
 

spiderman0616

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A couple months. I already type wrong due to arthritis so my typing learning curve is different from everybody else.
I have psoriatic arthritis that partially affects the joints in my hands, and I find that my fingers get much less tired/sore on my Apple Smart Keyboard than they do on my Magic Keyboard. I have not extensively tried typing on the 12.9" model, but the 9.7" and 10.5" versions have not given me any issues so far. I did feel like my fingers were slightly cramped and angled too far in on the 9.7", but it was still workable. The 10.5" feels closer to my Mac's Magic Keyboard size.