A part of any streamer’s routine should be taking a close look at their setup. We’ve put out a video series (see our YouTube channel) called Loadout Analysis, in which review the real studies and data out there and prescribe the best tips to optimize your gaming setup. Today, let’s talk about keyboards.
There are so many shapes and sizes of keyboards out there, many of them claiming to be the best or most ergonomic. While some may look incredible on stream, they may not set your hands and wrists up for the right positioning.
Let’s see what the data tells us for now, until our brains inevitably get connected directly to the computer and eliminate keyboards altogether.
The key is to have your wrist in neutral position without a significant angle between the forearm and hand. This takes stress off the joints and tendons around the wrist, and is the best position to reduce your risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
This neutrality should be maintained in all planes of motion: flexion, extension, radial deviation, and ulnar deviation. The side to side motions are especially important to watch out for with split keyboards.
The more neutral your wrist is, the healthier your joints and tendons will be, letting you be much less neutral during gameplay.
Stay tuned for upcoming Loadout Analysis posts about monitor, mouse, and chair ergonomics!