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Non-ergonomic ergonomic keyboards

After many years of extensive computer use my body is starting to complain through various pains in various places.

I have looked into investing in appropriate, ergonomic equipment and having bought a Steel Case chair, I'm now looking for a good, ergonomic keyboard and am really disappointed with my findings.

Virtually all sub-£100 keyboards that I found are sporting a bad design. Observe this Microsoft keyboard (like all Microsoft keyboards):

Have you noticed it yet?

It's the numpad. It's too big and should not exist. I don't care about the numpad, I can use the other numeric keys.
It should not exist because in order to use the mouse my hand needs to move 20-40 cm, back and forth and back and forth, countless times per day. This is not good for my aching hand.

99% of the so called ergonomic keyboards have this problem. The ones that do not are the Kinesis Advantage Ergonomic Contoured Keyboard and the Truly Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard (there may be others that I missed), but they are quite expensive.

I wonder, what would happen to that keyboard if you physically cut off the numpad?

PS: And of course, this has been tried already, successfully! I really like the Truly Ergonomic, but I think I'll try the cheap way first and see how it goes. :-)