updated 12:00 pm EDT, Wed September 27, 2006
Most compact keyboards save space by reducing the overall size of the keys or eliminating some of those keys altogether. Users of the TypeMatrix EZ-Reach 2030 can avoid either problem. Rather than forego the number pad or other specialized keys, the EZ-Reach keyboard simply aligns and repositions them vertically. The resulting design is slightly more than 12 inches long and 5 inches high without stripping keys typically used on desktop-sized keyboards; TypeMatrix notes that the 2030 is small enough to sit over most laptop keyboards without obscuring their trackpads. Different modules can also be used to change the role of the keyboard, such as expanding the number pad. It connects to the PS/2 port on most computers and ships in either QWERTY or DVORAK layouts starting at $110.