Welcome to the Keyboard Tray Evaluation section. The first question you should ask yourself is, “What type of keyboard tray do I need?” To help you determine which style; one level or mouse over, use the following guidelines. (Please note that it is best to read through the page before choosing at the bottom.)

Mouse-Over Keyboard Trays

In this type of tray, the mouse tray rotates over the number pad.

If any of the following statements are true for your work, a mouse-over keyboard tray may be for you:

  • If you do not use the number pad section of your keyboard but use the numbers above the letters on the keyboard.
  • If you use the number pad section of your keyboard rarely or for less than 1 hour a day.
  • Your under desk space is limited in width.
  • If you can mouse left-handed and your primary computer use is entering in numbers with the number pad. (Mouse-over option is on the left side, covering some of the letters.)

One-Level Keyboard Trays

In this type of tray, the mouse and the keyboard are at the same height.

If any of the following statements are true for your work, a one-level keyboard tray may be for you:

  • If you use the number pad section of your keyboard frequently.
  • If you use the number pad section of your keyboard intermittently.
  • If you can mouse left-handed or do so currently.
  • If any of the previous statements are true and the under desk space is not limited in width. Note: One-level keyboard trays are significantly wider (~7 inches) than mouse over trays.

Main Points

When deciding on which keyboard tray to get, consider these three main points:

  1. How much space (depth, width, height) do you have to install the tray? (You may contact vendors to get details about each product or visit the manufacturer’s webpage.)
  2. Which type of keyboard tray do I need to meet my job functions? (See above descriptions of each tray.)
  3. Does my desk adjust in height? If so, a keyboard tray may not be necessary. Contact Facilities Services concerning adjusting your desk.

Select The Keyboard Tray That Meets Your Needs

So, which keyboard tray type is for you?