Keyboard Tray Evaluations
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.
When deciding on which keyboard tray to get, consider these three main points:
- 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.)
- Which type of keyboard tray do I need to meet my job functions? (See above descriptions of each tray.)
- 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?