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 another interesting design. It's better than laptop-style keyboards for sure, such as Apple's Aluminum Slab, but worse than real ergonomic keyboards. For one thing, it has shallow flat keys, not good for serious typing.

Full review: TypeMatrix Keyboard Review.

Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard

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Matias ergo pro keyboard. Matias ergo pro keyboard

Excellent. Full review at Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard.

“Truly Ergonomic” Keyboard

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Truly Ergonomic keyboard (photo by To1ne used with permission)

Excellent! Full review at the Truly Ergonomic keyboard.

Kinesis Contoured Keyboard

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

Full review at Kinesis Keyboard Review

Maltron keyboard

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

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) smaller 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 4000 is the most easy buy. It is a mass produced product and made to appeal to the mass population. Quite superb design by its various curves and tilts. However, because it's made for mass appeal, it does not use expensive mechanical key-switch that provides good tactile feedback. It uses cheap key label technology, so the key labels wear off (On my keyboard, the labels M and < are COMPLETELY gone. (because fingernails often hit them)). Its key mechanism (rubber dome) is Very Bad. The Space bar is stiff (one of its most common complaints). It's somewhat loud, makes ugly “clunk”, “thud”, “squeak” sounds.

the Microsoft 4000 is the worst in comparison to others, but the others are about 10 times more expensive.

Which one to chose depends on your needs.

See also: Bad Advices about Typing and Keyboard

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

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