I can’t touch-type. Yes, I should learn for the sake of posture if nothing else. But I never seem to get around to it. And since not getting around to things is a common human trait, I’m guessing there are quite a lot of poeple like me who have to keep glancing at the keyboard, and who consistently type ‘poeple’ for ‘people’ when they don’t.
A keyboard on an ergonomic desk with a tray is actually quite a long way from your eyes (even for a short person like me!) and moreover tends to be shaded by the desk. Most keyboards are black. Black keyboards are harder to see. Black is cool, I know — but, come on, so is white. And a white keyboard doesn’t need a desk lamp shining on it to make it visible to the naked eye. (Actually, I find even the contrast between the bright screen and a dark keyboard on a laptop can be a strain on the eyes after a while.)
I’ve seen a few laptops with white keyboards, but not many, and even fewer separate white keyboards. And while I’m on the topic, what’s with all the damn loud clicky keys? If I want to feel like a one-woman typing pool while I’m working, I’ll tell you. And if I want to hear the person in the next room typing, I’ll be sure to tell you that, too.
What I do like are the short keyboards. Narrow shoulders here! I need my keyboard and mousepad to fit in a small space, or my arms get pretty sore pretty quickly. So: compact, quiet, white. Or eggshell blue or eau-de-nil or cream stirred with a whisper of peach, if you insist. But comfort, darlings, comfort.