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BUILT FOR COMFORT, PC KEYBOARD HELPS AVOID REPETITIVE STRAIN; FINALLY REPLACES DESIGN FOR 100-YEAR-OLD TYPE LEVER MECHANICS

 CAZENOVIA, N.Y., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Beyond user friendly, a new personal computer keyboard is specifically designed to help avoid what has become the fastest growing occupational hazard, repetitive stress injury (RSI).
 Called the Marquardt MiniErgo for its compact size and ergonomic attributes, this German-made keyboard, which is IBM, AT and PS/2 compatible, is specifically designed to reduce stress on tendons, muscles and joints of people who do lots of word processing or data entry.
 "Until now," says Gerald C. Groff, president of Marquardt Switches, Inc., "the design of the conventional keyboard has been based on virtually the same arrangement of the old-fashioned type lever mechanics of the very first typewriters from over 100 years ago."
 Groff believes the MiniErgo is affordably priced at $179 factory direct from Marquardt (for brochure or to order call 800-282-ERGO). He says it can help reduce productivity losses and medical and legal costs due to RSI, which has mushroomed to a reported 224,000 cases in 1991.
 Groff says the MiniErgo has built-in features including:
 -- a split, or V-shaped, configuration gently sloping to the sides and front to help naturally align hands and wrists with arms for less strain;
 -- a non-glare surface with generous resting area for hands and palms;
 -- sculptured keycaps in the standard "QWERTY" letter layout for rapid transition from traditional keyboards.
 "The keyboard, by itself, is neither the total cause nor the total cure," Groff says. "But the time has come for the keyboard to be recognized as an essential part of the ergonomic solution, not part of the problem."
 To order the MiniErgo or for a free brochure, "Ergonomics, RSI and the Computer Keyboard," call 800-282-ERGO.
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 /EDITORS' NOTE: Interviews, line art, photos available/
 /CONTACT: Rich Toth of Sage Marcom, 315-478-6612, for Marquardt/


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