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An analysis of users' preference on keyboards through ergonomic comparison among four keyboards.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9431707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The usability of four kinds of keyboards as regards touch and feel was evaluated by measuring the performance and eliciting the preferences of a total of 24 Japanese participants in a test that consisted of typing English text. It was found that quiet keyboards with an indistinct tactile feedback tend to give higher uncorrected error rates than keyboards with a distinct tactile feedback and clicking sound, while no significant difference in throughput was found among the four keyboards. As regards preference, the test participants were divided into two groups: those who preferred keyboards with a distinct tactile feedback and clicking sound, and those who preferred keyboards with an indistinct tactile feedback and no sound. Analysis revealed that these two groups also showed different sensations and preferences with respect to several aspects of the touch and feel of keyboards. This result suggests that suppliers of computer keyboards should provide two kinds of keyboards, with distinct and indistinct tactile key switches, in order to satisfy as many users as possible.
R Yoshitake; N Ise; S Yamada; K Tsuchiya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied human science : journal of physiological anthropology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1341-3473     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Human Sci     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-02-04     Completed Date:  1998-02-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506216     Medline TA:  Appl Human Sci     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Yamato Laboratory, IBM Japan Ltd.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Peripherals*
Consumer Satisfaction*
Equipment Design
Human Engineering*
Task Performance and Analysis*

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