Can anyone suggest a keyboard model and make about 10 inch by 4 with with a scissor-based mechanism?
You don't have to read ahead as it is a little long, but the context of my question is:
I have small, lean hands - we are not talking abnormal here, but my hands are leaner on average than those most Caucasian men. 99.9% of keyboards are grossly unergonomic for my hands, and I mean ridiculously so. I feel the strain, and I lose my place every time I have to travel with my hands a lot to reach the keys. And I'm no novice, I have been typing for most of my life papers as long as 20,000 words. So there is no reason I should not be an adept typist now.
Moreover, since there are many, many women typists in the developed world, I cannot fathom how keyboards are designed to be so grossly out of proportion, and why more people, women in particular, don't complain about the size of keyboards with their keys so sprawled out as to be barely accessible. There is too much traveling of the hands to compensate.
I have scoured the market for small keyboards, scissor-style. I have too much dignity to buy myself a child's keyboard. I have only keyboard which came close to a good fit for me was on Ebay.
But there isn't enough "cushioning" of the scissor mechanism so you feel like you are bashing your fingertips onto plastic constantly. It's 11 inch by 4.5.
Now the only keyboard I have ever been satisfied with was not a standalone keyboard but is one that came built into my netbook. It is small enough that I can reach all the keys with virtually zero travel and on it I can type with 100% accuracy at my optimum speed. 4 inch by 10 and it is a real beauty, with a soft scissor feel, but just enough bounce to facilitate a smooth transition between keys.
That's my motivation for asking the question. If you can relate or have any practical suggestions, please post it as an answer or comment.
@paradroid and @RedGrittyBrick - I bought the keyboard you guys suggested, it arrived today: