Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review
Microsoft has a new keyboard, a Batman Keyboard. Amazing.
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Ergonomic Design Features
Here's some interesting points:
- Split keysets. Saves your wrists from bending.
- Large Alt ＆ Ctrl keys. Great for Emacs.
- The Alt is positioned under the thumb (between x and c). So, simple thumb curl can easily press it.
- The left Alt and right Alt are symmetrically positioned. That is, their distance to f and j are the same. This means, the right side of modifier are also easily usable without moving your hand.
- Split space bar. This solves a major problem of the last generation the Microsoft Natural 4000, which got a stiff spacebar that's impossible to press.
- Thin profile, with chicklet keys. This may not be good for prolonged typing.
- The number pad is now a unit by itself. Excellent. This makes the keyboard smaller, yet if you use number pad as calculator or programable functional keys, it's still available.
- Reverse tilt. Excellent. No more up-bent wrist.
Leftspace Key as Backspace
You can set the leftspace key as backspace.
Hold both space keys for 3 seconds to toggle.
It is wireless, via a USB transceiver.
- 2 AAA batteries in the keyboard.
- 2 AA batteries in the mouse.
- 1 3V 270mAh battery in number pad.
• no charger. You'll have to buy standard battery charger yourself.
• the battery door on keyboard ＆ mouse are both using magnet for attachment.
Warning: Wireless Hack
• the detachable tilt bar is also using magnet, not some hooks and fits.
Overall, this is a major innovation.
Here's more photos.
the mouse isn't that good, if you are a finger-tip gripper. Note that finger-tip grip gives you most precise control of the mouse, with minimal energy. For me, finger-tip is least RSI, because you just nudge, push, contact the mouse for a few second. While with the palm grip, your whole palm is to cover the mouse, and your arm is used to move it.
the mouse has 2 extra buttons for thumb. That Windows logo is a button. Below it, is a invisible button for browser previous page.
Note that this is the next generation of the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (2005) and Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard (2013). The Sculpt Comfort isn't good. And i think this might be better than the 4000. It should be better, except the flat keys. I don't think flat keys are good if you type continuously for several hours a day.
Note: you can buy just the keyboard, or the keyboard ＆ mouse set. With the mouse, it's about $40 more. I recommend just the keyboard, because there are many mouses for $40 that are far more functional such as gaming mouses with 10 or so programable buttons. But if you are concerned about Repetitive Strain Injury, you can get many alternative input devices such as pen tablet, huge touch pad, or trackball. 〔➤see Input Devices: Mouse, Jog Wheel, Touchpad, Pen Tablet, Trackball, Joystick〕
Here's a review by a friend. https://plus.google.com/+RyuuteiSebastienBLANC/posts/EBEptKPSy85
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse 6000
For the mouse, you can buy it separately Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse 6000