Wrist rest may not be mandatory, though a cleverly-designed one often provides a more comfortable typing experience by reducing stress from the wrists and shoulders. Not every keyboard comes with an included wrist rest, but is the HyperX Wrist Rest (HX-WR) worth the $20 USD (MSRP) price tag?
As expected, the wrist rest sports the same red and white design for the packaging as other HyperX products. The front shows a photo of the wrist rest, as well as the logo and model name. You get a short feature list in nine different languages at the back.
HyperX Wrist Rest (HX-WR)
The HyperX Wrist Rest is compatible with most full-sized 104-key keyboards. It has a length of 45.7 cm and a width of 8.8 cm. HyperX is yet to release a version for smaller keyboards.
On top of the wrist rest is a thin layer of soft fabric to cover the internal padding, which feels similar to nylon and smooth to the touch. Sharp red stitching around the whole wrist rest secures everything in place, and adds a nice “gamery” look to it. There is also an embossed HyperX logo on the right side.
The back of the HyperX Wrist Rest is equipped with the same anti-slip surface as their mouse pads (their reviews here). Those small rubber feet help prevent the wrist rest from sliding on the desk.
The HyperX Wrist Rest (HX-WR) performed really well with excellent build quality and materials. The memory foam padding is extremely comfortable and supportive, which it conforms to the shape of your hands/wrists within seconds. For my experience, ventilation seems to be an non-issue with the cool gel. It did help relieving the wrists’ stress when typing, possibly reducing the chance of getting computer-induced medical problems, like carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
The wrist rest is priced at $20 USD (MSRP) with a 2-year warranty. It is currently on sale for $17 USD at the moment of this review. You may be able to get a generic wrist rest for half the price, but you may have a less enjoyable experience without the awesome memory foam. The HyperX Wrist Rest costs similar with 3M at around $15 USD to $25 USD, depending on sizes. The slight price premium (still very affordable) is worth the incredible comfort, in my opinion. I would hope HyperX release a shorter version for the increasingly popular Tenkeyless (TKL) keyboards.
You can purchase the wrist rest from your local/online resellers or the links below from Amazon and Newegg.
Thanks HyperX for providing us the Wrist Rest for review. (Review Sample)
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