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Logitech is introducing the Wave Keys keyboard. With a focus on ergonomics, it hopes to enable consumers and workers to type more comfortably, without having to pay a hefty sum just to do so.

We recently visited Logitech’s Benelux offices to learn more about the new product. Physical therapist Caroline Steenberghe was on hand to explain the importance of ergonomics in the workplace. For many people, the standard office affair of mass-ordered mice and keyboards aren’t cause for concern physically. However, for some, a more personalized approach is required to achieve a desirable level of comfort in the workplace. Physical strain goes hand in hand with personal characteristics and mental strain: all aspects of work interact with each other, where good posture and appropriate equipment can provide some much-needed extra support for other things.

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Wave Keys

On average, employees cover about 10 kilometers a year in mouse movements, supplemented by half a million clicks and 1 million keystrokes. Through the so-called Logi Ergo Lab, Logitech has investigated the ergonomic benefits that its products can offer in this regard. A small improvement can quickly add up over a career to provide a sizeable ergonomic benefit and perhaps prevent physical suffering long-term. In terms of mice, Logitech had already launched the Lift Vertical Mouse, which positions the mouse buttons at an angle and keeps the wrist as neutral as possible. Now, it is complementing this offering with a new keyboard: the so-called Wave Keys. Olessia Hageman, Head of the Ergo Business Unit at Logitech, explains that the new product is aimed to be the first ergonomic keyboard for users. In addition, she states that almost no users revert to a conventional design once they make the jump to an ergonomic model.

In short, the company positions the Wave Keys as a wireless entry-level model for users looking for something more appropriately shaped than the rectangular shape of a regular keyboard. At 79.99 euros, it is on the affordable side, just like the Logitech Lift, which the company describes as a companion product. Unlike many other (mostly more expensive) options, Logitech chose not to split the keyboard. The “smile” curve helps relax the fingers, hand and wrist without requiring users to relearn how to type. With the included AAA batteries, Logitech promises a 3-year battery life. A special For Business version has a Logi Bolt receiver for secure communication and Remote Device Management.

Sustainability and options

In terms of sustainability, Hageman argues that companies can make significant strides by paying attention to the topic during the design phase. A hefty 65 percent of a product’s CO2 emissions are said to depend on its design. The Wave Keys consists of 61 percent recycled plastic and is supposedly CO2 neutral overall. The reason Logitech opted for this level of recycled material is because it is the best balance between the quality of the material and its sustainability. At HP earlier this year, we heard a similar percentage regarding plastic in laptops: if more than 65 percent recycled material is chosen, it is not reusable after that.

As for additional functionality, Logitech offers the Logi Options+ app. Here, Smart Actions can be set that automate repetitive tasks, such as the processes involved in starting or ending a workday.

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