Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 158 / NOVEMBER 1993 / PAGE 154

KellyRest. (wrist rest) (Evaluation)
by Polly Cillpam

If you spend several hours each day at your computer, the thought of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, a widely known repetitive stress injury, can be frightening. An ergonomically designed work-space can greatly decrease your chances of getting this painful condition.

KellyRest, a cushioned wrist rest that slides right under your keyboard, has made typing much more comfortable for me. It extends about three inches out from the front of your keyboard to keep your hands and wrists at a comfortable position while working. The wrist pad is attached to a nonslip metal backing which sits under your keyboard and keeps the wrist pad from moving.

KellyRest acts as a buffer between my wrists and the edge of my desk, and it forces me to keep my hands and arms in a better position for preventing repetitive strain injuries. Although your wrists are supposed to stay elevated when you type, when you do lower them, it's much nicer to hit a Naugahyde pad than the hard wood edge of a desk.

KellyRest is effortless to install; just slide it out of the box and under the front edge of your keyboard. There's nothing to attach. Its quality construction is indicated by its four-pound weight. The standard model is 1 inch high, 3 inches deep, and 19 inches wide, and should accommodate a standard AT-style keyboard. Kelly can create custom configurations as well.

As a measure of prevention of the potentially painful reality of carpal tunnel syndrome, this wrist rest is of great comfort both mentally and physically. If you're looking for the peace of mind that comes with a healthy working environment, KellyRest is a good start.