1) Do you use, or have you ever used a split keyboard? If not, do you have anything against trying one?
I’ve been using one for a long time, I dunno, maybe 10 years?
2) Assuming you’ve used one, do you prefer split or “normal”, and why?
Much, much prefer split. I got one originally to relieve strain on my hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and back. It helps a lot.
3) If you’ve converted to using a split keyboard, how long did it take you to adjust? Did your typing improve? And would you ever switch back?
The only problem I had in adjusting is that almost all the split keyboards I’ve seen split the top-row numbers wrong. If you learned to type on a typewriter, you use your left forefinger for “6”; almost all the keyboards put it on the right. I think it took me a few weeks to get that fixed in my head; I usually key numbers on the keypad section anyway. I didn’t notice any improvement in my typing (I was already fairly fast), it’s just much more comfortable.
I won’t switch back at work, end of discussion. I’d complain to HR about WC claims if needed. If they’re going to cause me to have back, shoulder and arm problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome, then they’re gonna pay for it.
I still have a straight keyboard at home, cause I don’t type much there and the fam would complain. I do have some trouble switching back and forth, but not much. Straight/split keyboard switching is easier than fullsize/laptop keyboard switching.