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 Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboards

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. Buy at amazon

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

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review


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TypeMatrix 2030 keyboard Buy at 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.

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.

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.

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard Review

Kinesis Contoured Keyboard

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Kinesis Advantage2 keyboard. Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

The Kinesis Advantage2, featuring contoured key wells and on-the-fly programable keys.

Kinesis Keyboard Review

Maltron keyboard

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Maltron keyboard, with Maltron layout. 3104×1948 image source Buy at 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.

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 angled front view rainbow-s
Keyboardio Keyboard.

Keyboardio Keyboard Review

Size Comparison

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Size comparison. Microsoft Natural vs Kinesis.

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

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard size comparison
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 Advice on Typing and Keyboard from Programers

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