How to Chose Ergonomic Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a list of the best ergonomic keyboards. They vary in price and build quality. The Microsoft ones starts at $30, and others starts at $200. The expensive ones all feature mechanical key switch. Mechanical key switch is very good for your hands. 〔➤see Guide to Computer Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboards

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. amazon

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review

The Microsoft ones are designed with mass appeal, and cheap. Not radical, and easy on your pocket.


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TypeMatrix 2030 keyboard amazon (photo by Isabelle Palatin © by-sa)

This is an interesting design. It's better than laptop keyboards for sure, but worse than real ergonomic keyboards. For one thing, it has shallow flat keys, not good for prolonged typing.

Full review: TypeMatrix Keyboard Review.

Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard

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Matias ergo pro keyboard. Matias ergo pro keyboard

Excellent. Mechanical keys, but in traditional staggered layout. Full review at Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard.

“Truly Ergonomic” Keyboard

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Truly Ergonomic keyboard (photo by To1ne used with permission)

Most excellent! Would be great if it has more thumb keys. Full review at the Truly Ergonomic keyboard.

Kinesis Contoured Keyboard

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Kinesis Contoured Keyboard Classic. Kinesis contoured keyboard (image source)

Excellent, but the function keys and the escape key are bad tiny rubber buttons. Full review at Kinesis Keyboard Review

Maltron keyboard

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Maltron keyboard, with Maltron layout. 3104×1948 image source amazon

Maltron is a power station. But, bulky, ugly, and most expensive.

Maltron keyboard comes in many different models. It has bowl-shaped version like the Kinesis, and also flat version. Full review at: Maltron Keyboard Review.

μTRON Keyboard

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μTRON Keyboard

This is a excellent keyboard from Japan. See: μTRON Keyboard.

Ergodox Keyboard

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Ergodox keyboard

Excellent. See: Ergodox Keyboard Review Model 01 model 01 Keyboard Model 01 ⌨

See: Keyboard Model 01 ⌨.

Size Comparison

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Size comparison. Microsoft Natural vs Kinesis.

Kinesis & Maltron is about 5cm (2 inches) less wide than standard PC keyboard.

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Size comparison. Truly Ergonomic vs Microsoft 4000.

Note: Maltron is the same size as Kinesis. See: Ergonomic Keyboards Size Comparison

Xah's Recommendations

Taking their price into consideration, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is the most easy buy, and is truly excellent. The only downside is that the keys are not thick and not mechanical. If you are a data-entry clerk, typing continuously for hours, this may be a problem.

Which one to chose depends on your needs.

See also: Bad Advices about Typing & Keyboard

Another alternative is 2-Piece Split Keyboards. They are usually around $100, but all use rubber dome switch, and with staggered key layout. They are ok, but not best.

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