DO YOU HAVE A KEYBOARD PROBLEM?
Every Wacom® Cintiq owner struggles with desk space and keyboard positioning. The size of your Cintiq eats up that real estate and dictates where you can place your keyboard. If your workflow is heavily dependent on key bindings and macros, having unfettered access to your keyboard is crucial to your productivity.
If you are twisting and turning, bending and contorting, to access your keyboard, you are going to feel it by the end of the day and your productivity will take a hit each time you turn to your keyboard and away from your screen. Why not bring your keyboard back into your work zone and improve your creative work flow?
CINTWEAK - THE KEYBOARD TRAY SOLUTION
CinTweak keyboard trays bring your keyboard back into your visual work space while eliminating the need to twist, turn, lift, bend or stretch to access it. This positioning allows your keying hand to travel from the Cintiq hardware buttons or EK remote to your keyboard with minimal effort as you work, reducing some of the physical stress that you would normally experience over the course of your work day accessing your keyboard.
CinTweak Keyboard Trays allow you to maintain your focus on your drawing area, minimizing much of the unnecessary ocular, head, and upper body adjustments needed when shifting between the tablet work area and traditional keyboard placements, whether off to the side, in front of or under your tablet.
OPTIMIZE YOUR WORK FLOW & IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
CinTweak keyboard trays are a simple, elegant solution to a vexing keyboard positioning issue. By having your keyboard at the top of the Cintiq display area, your eyes more easily shift between your active drawing surface and your keyboard with minimal refocusing and visual depth change.
Your keying hand travels a much shorter distance to access hot keys and macros, reducing back, neck, and shoulder strain over the course of your work day. Maintaining better focus by staying in your work zone, and improving your comfort level by reducing the amount of twisting and turning needed to access your key binds and macros will help you be an even more creative you. If you are struggling with your keyboard, why not Integrate it back into your work zone and experience a better work flow.
POSITIONS: LEFT RIGHT OR CENTER
CinTweak keyboard trays can be positioned left, right, or center to accommodate your preferred keying hand. With one hand dedicated to the stylus, this means you wont have to cross over your work area to access your keyboard.
Keyboard trays for smaller Wacom® Cintiq 21UX and 22HD tablets should be limited to central positioning to allow access to the tablet's power button.
When first I started using my CinTweak tray, I was very strict about positioning it to the side of my keying hand, but over time I discovered having it in the middle was actually more comfortable when I needed to keystroke more complex items such as names, descriptions and formulas where both of my hands tend to keystroke.
Since you can attach multiple keyboards to your system, if your desk space is limited and you are using your Cintiq as your primary monitor, try placing one keyboard on an under desk drawer for extended keying sessions when you have your Cintiq playing the role of a monitor, and one on your CinTweak keyboard tray for easy access to all of your key binds and macros when working with your Cintiq in a more artist friendly position.
OPTIONS: THE STANDARD OR THE EXTENDED TRAY
CinTweak keyboard trays are available for Wacom® Cintiq interactive pen displays in two variants depending on the size of your keyboard; the 10 inch wide Model-S keyboard tray, and the 13 inch wide Model-X keyboard tray.
CinTweak Model-S for Standard Keyboards
Model-S trays are designed for use with Standard Keyboards. Standard keyboards do not have a separate numeric keypads on the right side and are generally less than 13 inches long. If you intend to use a standard keyboard, you will want to purchase a Model-S keyboard tray.
CinTweak Model-X for Extended Keyboards
Model-X trays are designed for use with Extended Keyboards. Extended keyboards have a separate numeric keypads on the right side and are generally 13 inches or longer. If you intend to use an extended keyboard, you will want to purchase a Model-X keyboard tray.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WILL I EXPERIENCE AN IMPROVEMENT IN MY COMFORT AND WORKFLOW?
No solution is perfect for every person. I designed the CinTweak Keyboard Tray solution for myself first. I am a pretty demanding individual when it comes to ergonomics.
I use my Cintiq tablet consistently throughout the work day for long stretches at a time with a number of Autodesk and Adobe applications. If this solution didn't meet my expectations of enhanced comfort and improved productivity, I would not be using it and I certainly would not be selling it.
CinTweak Keyboard Trays are a solid solution to a keyboard positioning challenge that you will experience with the large footprint of the Cintiq Interactive Displays.
Will the CinTweak Keyboard Tray enhance your comfort level and improve your productivity? It certainly did mine.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO ADJUST TO THE NEW KEYBOARD PLACEMENT?
It depends on your work flow. It took me about a week to get out of the habit of twisting and turning to access my keyboard on the side of my tablet.
But I noticed every time I turned to that old spot, just how much stress i was applying to my lower back and how disruptive it was to my work flow.
Since you have been using a non-optimal keyboard placement for quite some time, your muscles have been conditioned to move your arm to that spot to key. You are going to need a few days to retrain them.
WILL THE CINTWEAK TRAY WORK WITH A VESA MOUNTED TABLET?
CinTweak Keyboard Trays will not interfere with the VESA mounting area used for your monitor arm.
You will experience all of the benefits of the CinTweak keyboard tray whether you use the tablets by them selves, with the Wacom® ergonomic stand, or an after market monitor arm.
WHAT KEYBOARD ARE YOU USING IN THE WEBSITE PHOTOS?
The keyboards used in the website photos are not wireless. I cut the cables off of them for cleaner photo work.
The standard keyboard used is the GMYLE Compact Wired USB Mini Keyboard for PC - Charcoal Black by GMYLE
The extended keyboard used is the I-Rocks Black Aluminum X-Slim Keyboard for PC (KR-6402-BK)by I-Rocks
Both are solid reliable chicklette style keyboards. The I-Rocks is exceptionally well built and has Mac quality key responsiveness. It was my go to keyboard for several years - I absolutely loved it and still do.
Now that I find myself often working late at night in dimmer lighting conditions, I recently switched to a lit mechanical keyboard to reduce eye strain. It took me quite a while to find one that I actually liked. The Z-88 is the first one I am happy with; not too bulky with a consistant brightness, and a smooth solid key response. Long term reliability? Too soon to know.
Z-88 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Red Switch - Linear & Quiet, Programmable RGB Backlit, Water Resistant, 104 Keys Anti-Ghosting for Mac PC, Blackby HUO JI
WON'T MY ARM GET TIRED
REACHING UP TO KEYSTROKE?
That depends on how you work. Your hand travels a much shorter distance (6-8 inches) from the Cintiq programmable keys to the CinTweak Keyboard Tray than it would if you had your keyboard on the side of your display, on your lap, or below your tablet.
Shoulder rotation is also reduced and oblique rotation is minimized, unlike when accessing your keyboard on the side of your display.
When I work, my non-drawing hand is resting on the side of the tablet and accessing the Cintiq programmable keys or EK Remote. As I need to keystroke, my hand travels to the keyboard and then back to the resting position. My touch dependency (the need to ride the keyboard so that you know where your fingers are) for blind key stroking has been eliminated by having the keyboard positioned back into my visual work space.
If you hot key heavily and can't see your keyboard as you work, you have become conditioned to keep your hand on the keyboard at all times. This dependency on touch results from not being able to see what you are keying as you work, so you keep your hand on your keyboard to avoid having to reorient each time to minimize miss clicks.
But you are not keystroking 100% of the time even if your hand is on the keyboard. If you could see your keyboard without having to turn your focus away from your work zone, there would be no need to ride it continuously to avoid keying mistakes and you could work with your keying hand in a more comfortable resting position.
WON'T MY ARM BLOCK MY DRAWING AREA WHEN I ACCESS MY KEYBOARD?
Not unless your arm sprouts from the center of your chest. Your arms pivot from your shoulders and the interference to your drawing area when reaching to hot key is minimal.
MY HAND IS ALWAYS ON MY KEYBOARD. IS THIS SOLUTION RIGHT FOR ME?
While you can position the keyboard tray towards the left or right side of your display to minimize the distance your hand travels from the Cintiq's programmable buttons, if your keying hand is humping your keyboard non-stop all day long, and you just can't work any other way, the CinTweak trays are not the solution you are looking for.
However, if you use your Cintiq tablet at a flatter angle off the edge of your desk (like a drafting table) while riding your keyboard, it is likely that you would find the CinTweak Keyboard Tray far more comfortable than having your keyboard on the side or on your lap.
Ultimately, you know your work flow and your comfort level best. What works for everyone else may not necessarily work for you - one of the annoying side effects of being unique & creative.
DO I HAVE TO ATTACH THE VELCRO TO MY KEYBOARD AND TABLET?
Absolutely! If you do not plan to use the supplied Velcro tethers to secure your keyboard tray to your Cintiq tablet, and your keyboard to the CinTweak tray, please do not order this product.
I would prefer to hear that you love the tray and are enjoying your improved work flow, as opposed to hearing that you drowned in a pool of your salty tears when your keyboard fell and scratched your drawing surface because you chose not to follow the proper installation and useage guidelines.
WILL THE TRAY SCRATCH MY
CINTIQ DRAWING SURFACE?
No. All Cintiq keyboard trays have a synthetic felt backing that cushions the tray against your Cintiq tablet. The acrylic tray should never come in contact with your Cintiq directly if installed properly.
WILL THE TRAY BLOCK THE VENTS
ON THE BACK OF MY CINTIQ?
No. I designed the trays for each model to pitch off the back surface of the Cintiq and allow for continued airflow from the vents.
DOES THE CINTWEAK TRAY COME IN ANY OTHER COLORS?
No. I assume the last thing you would want is a bright colored strip of acrylic at the top edge of your display to distract your eyes and potentially affect your color and value perception as you work.
You may also want to choose a black keyboard. Having your keyboard as unobtrusive as possible will help you focus on your drawing area.
WHY DON'T YOU MAKE
A BOTTOM MOUNT TRAY?
I made several actually and in all honesty, I hated them. The concept was great but when put into a production setting, the limitations were undeniable.
They have all of the disadvantages of having the keyboard between you and the drawing surface and none of the benefits of being attached to your display for ease of accessibility.
I found the positioning cramped and the keyboard options very limited. It was neither a workable nor a comfortable design. That is why I will not sell them.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT.
CAN I RETURN IT?
Please keep the original packaging.
I am confident that you will benefit from the improved work flow of having your keyboard in your creative work zone.
If after using it for 30 days, you decide the CinTweak is not for you, just let me know and send it back undamaged for a refund of the purchase price.
You will be responsible for return shipping costs.
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