While wrists rests seem like an obvious ergonomic tool for keyboards, it differs from person to person, to how they type, and their environment. Today we check out some wrist rests from Glorious PC Gaming Race to find out more.
Onyx (very dark brown)
Naturally, our wrists should be quite straight. And if you hover when typing, then you’re set. And that’s the recommended position for typing. However due to laziness, many of us just rest our wrists on the table when typing, creating a bent angle. However probably the main factors that encourage this behaviour is the height of your table and the height of your chair.
So if our table is too high, we’re more likely going to position our wrists on the table. If it’s at the correct height, it’s just naturally easier to hover.
And that’s the compromise. I've seen people completely dismiss the ergonomic value of wrist rests, because it does discourage hover typing. However on the other hand, it’s a good thing for people who don’t correctly type. So therefore it’s a good thing, since it completely changes the angle of your wrist from a very bent position, to a more natural position.
Foam wrist rests - 3 different lengths
FLIP UP FEET
Another thing I thought I should bring up are the flip up feet. These basically make it easier to reach the top keys, however this is only the case when your wrists are planted. But as we can see, it just worsens the angle of our wrists, so this is considered as an ergonomic no no.
FOAM WRIST RESTS
These have a smooth cloth surface exterior, with a foam core interior, which they describe has a medium firmness. And I guess that’s accurate, and I like the feel of it. It shouldn’t be too soft and spongy or your wrists will sink too low. And it just provides that nice soft support under your wrists, instead of the usual hard surface of your table.
There’s a stitched frame to prevent the cloth from fraying, and it’s lined with a rubber base to keep it steady on the desk. Plus we also get the somewhat large branding on the right hand side.
The build is what you expect. It’s just foam with cloth around it, but it’s done cleanly. They do state that it does require a week or two of use to break in.
When I first got them they were bowed, and still after like 3 weeks they’re still quite bowed.
At first I found the thinner one to be more comfortable. It provides a slightly elevated platform, which eases the wrists a bit. Plus the softness added to the comfort. But also I think I found it comfortable because it wasn't too far from my normal position without a wrist rest, so the change wasn't drastic.
The thicker one at first felt too high for me, and was a drastic change. But the more I used it, the more I appreciated that extra height. It does make for a much more neutral position for the wrists, being also higher than the wooden wrist rest as well. But it does take a bit of time, because my muscles were just too used to slouching back down.
WOODEN WRIST RESTS
This also comes in the various lengths, however this is the only thickness it comes in. It’s made from American white ash which is a cheap and common hardwood.
But it comes in 2 different coated colours. This one is the onyx black colour, which is a very dark brown, and there’s also golden oak which is more orangy and shows off the grains more. And I just much more prefer the look of wooden wrist rests in comparison to foam ones.
The wrist rest is nicely made. The finish is smooth, but we can still feel the grains of the wood. The edges are only slightly rounded, so perhaps it should have been just rounded a touch more. The rear edge is chamfered quite a bit, and I guess it more easily matches different keyboards, since they’re all different heights.
On the bottom we have these channels. And this is just because wood expands and contracts in different weathers. We also get 2 large rubber feet that are actually quite thick at 3mm.
This type of shape allows for a steeper angle. It’s a very comfortable shape, where that slope grabs the bottom half of the palm. While comfortable, there is still some bending of the wrist, but it’s definitely reduced.
The angle change halfway isn’t obtrusive to me. It’s right at the spot where you don’t really feel it. While wood is of course harder than the foam, it’s not a hard surface, where the smoothness of the finish contributes to the softness.
Overall, I’m a believer in dedicated wrist rests. I’m now using them in an on off kinda situation, where if I’m just typing, I’ll bring it out, because I do value my desk space. I guess it depends on how you’re positioned relative to your keyboard, and how you type. So it’s good for some, and bad for others. Regardless, they’re a cool looking accessory to complement your mechanical keyboard. And Glorious PC Gaming Race have a good variety to fit your needs.
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