Maltron, I hardly knew ye. The venerable original ergonomic keyboard took a tumble. Several of the key switches popped right out of the case. Time to visit the rubbish tip.
I loved the idea of Maltron, a keyboard that not only optimized the key layout for English typing, it reinvented the shape of the keyboard itself. If you're enjoying your Kinesis keyboard today, you owe a debt of gratitude to Maltron.
Unfortunately, as cool as the Maltron seemed in principle, the practice was another thing entirely. The build quality was far below other multi-hundred-dollar keyboards: it's so light and flimsy it skitters across the desk, and the numeric keypad was DOA. On top of that, I just couldn't wrap my Dvorak-trained brain around this similar-yet-alien layout.
Farewell, Maltron. Perhaps we'll meet again.