Humanscale 550 Big Compact Keyboard Tray System

"Build your own system, base starts as keyboard tray only". Dimensions: 25" W x 10.625" D.

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Humanscale 550 Big Compact Keyboard Tray Platform

Drawing of Humanscale 550 Big Compact Keyboard Tray Platform


We offer a full line of premium mechanisms, keyboard platforms, mouse platforms and palm rests to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals, workstations and office environments. Each of our platform options is designed to ensure that users type and mouse within their Neutral Reach Zone, thereby encouraging safe, sustainable working postures.

By combining these elements, you will create the most non-intrusive, intuitively adjustable keyboard support available. If your needs are not met by any of our standard options, we can create a solution customized to your specific requirements.

All of our keyboard and mouse platforms are made of phenolic, an ultra-strong, remarkably thin (1/4") composite that's non-toxic, durable and easy to clean. Humanscale Big Compact 550 platform is designed to support nearly all standard keyboards and to fit most desks. Comes with built-in mousing surface. Not available with other mouse platform options. Dimensions: 25" W x 10.625" D.

Keyboard Systems - In many ways, a keyboard support is the heart of an ergonomic workstation. As reach and vision drive posture, an articulating keyboard system allows the user to sit in a healthy, neutral posture through bringing the keyboard and mouse to the user. A well-designed articulating keyboard system offers protection from carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain and other musculoskeletal issues. Since 1995, Humanscale has been the leading manufacturer of articulating keyboard systems and today sells more than all other manufacturers combined.

Effortless Use - Humanscale patented keyboard systems have effortless height and angle adjustment. Promoting negative tilt keying, the keyboard platforms will not go into a positive tilt.

Durability - Humanscale keyboard trays are solidly anchored to any work surface, and shape to specific user needs. Hypoallergenic Gel palm supports offer height and durability, and are designed to be compatible with human skin.

Customization - Humanscale offers three negative-tilt keyboard systems, from 5G to our latest 6G, which combines easy dial-a-tilt and height adjustability with the strongest, most stable arm on the market. Humanscale keyboard supports come in many different configurations, including left/right customization, to support any user need.

Design Story - An ergonomically designed keyboard is essential for every workstation. Ergonomists agree that the healthiest typing posture is one that allows the wrists to maintain a neutral or slightly pronated posture - straight or bent at a slightly downward angle. For that reason, Humanscale designers created our keyboard systems to allow the keyboard to positioned anywhere from 0 degrees to a -15 degree angle.

A decade of ergonomic research shows that using a negative sloped adjustable keyboard tray maximizes the time spent working in a neutral hand, wrist and upper body postures. These postural benefits can’t be achieved by just using a keyboard on a height-adjustable work surface." - Dr. Alan Hedge, Cornell University

The Neutral Reach Zone

The Neutral Reach Zone is the area that can be conveniently reached with a sweep of the forearm while the upper arm hangs in a natural position at the side. (Sanders & McCormick, 1993)

Unlike older generation keyboard/mouse solutions, our platforms are designed to ensure that nearly all users are able to work consistently within their Neutral Reach Zone, and thus maintain a low-risk, sustainable posture.

Neutral Reach Zone

Option 1 - Color

  • Black

Option 2 - Arms Type


Humanscale 2G Adjustable Keyboard Arm Mechanism


Humanscale 5G Height Adjustable Keyboard Arm Mechanism


Humanscale 6G Adjustable Keyboard Arm Mechanism


Humanscale 5GSM Adjustable Short Arm Keyboard Mechanism


Humanscale 5GAD Above Desk Adjustable longer Arm Keyboard Mechanism

Option 3 - Track

Refers to the under-desk mounted track that the mechanism slides along. Measure the amount of flat space you have on the under-side (from front to back of your desk) to determine which track length best suits you. The longer the track you are able to fit, the farther underneath the desk you will be able to slide the platform. The track measures 5-1/2" in width and is available in seven lengths:

11" Track For real small Desks at least 11" deep "from front to back"
14" Track For real small Desks at least 14" deep "from front to back"
16" Track For real small Desks at least 16" deep "from front to back"
18" Track For smaller Desks at least 18" deep "measure from front to back"
21 3/4" Track (Standard) For use with 22" deep Desks "measure from front to back"
25" Track For deeper Desks with up to 25" depth "from front to back"
27" Track For real deep Desks with up to 27" depth "from front to back"

Option 4 - Track Length

  • Desk has more than 22" clear space under desktop, front to back
  • Less than 22" & more than 18" clearance under desktop, front to back
  • Less than 18" & more than 16" clearance under desktop, front to back
  • Desk has less than 16" & more than 14" clear space under desktop, front to back

Option 5 - Lateral Slider

Humanscale LS Lateral Slider Mechanism Accessory for Keyboard Trays

Humanscale Lateral Slider allows the platform to be adjusted left or right a total of 8" for optimal keyboard positioning. It can be ordered with any keyboard mechanism by indicating "LS" after the mechanism code (e.g., 6GLS or 6GWLS).

Option 6 - Palm Rest

Humanscale Palm Rest Support

Available with either a foam or gel core, our synthetic leather palm supports are comfortable, durable and easy to clean. Our standard palm supports are available in black. However, as with our platforms, other colors can be made available on request.

Option 7 - Corner Solution

Humanscale DE100 Corner Sleeve

Humanscale DE100 Corner Sleeve

  • DE100 - 29.5" x 12.188"
  • Fits desks 1" to 1.5" thick

Humanscale DE200 or DE250 Corner Sleeve Solution

Humanscale DE200 or DE250 Corner Sleeve

  • DE200/250 - 16" diameter
  • DE 200 fits desks 1" to 1.5" thick
  • DE 250 fits desks 1.5" to 2.5" thick

Humanscale DE400 or DE450 Corner Sleeve Solution

Humanscale DE400 or DE450 Corner Sleeve Solution

  • DE400/450 - 38.5" x 13.75"
  • DE 400 fits desks 1" to 1.5" thick
  • DE 450 fits desks 1.5" to 2.5" thick
Model 550
Manufacturer Humanscale
Part Number 550
Dimensions 25" W x 10.625" D

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Humanscale 550 Big Compact Keyboard Tray System

excellent product and service, Dec 9, 2017
by Keith H, Costa Mesa, California
Well built product, easy to install. Very helpful customer service rep who helped with a part exchange after purchase. With all the options available, it would be helpful to have a more interactive buying/selection tool online to help understand what combination would be best for one's own application.
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