How to Chose Ergonomic Keyboards
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
The Microsoft ones are designed with mass appeal, and cheap. Not radical, and easy on your pocket.
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
Excellent. Full review at Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard.
“Truly Ergonomic” Keyboard
Excellent! Full review at the Truly Ergonomic keyboard.
Kinesis Contoured Keyboard
Full review at Kinesis Keyboard Review
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.
This is a excellent keyboard from Japan. See: μTRON Keyboard.
Excellent. See: Ergodox Keyboard Review
Keyboard.io Model 01
Kinesis ＆ Maltron is about 5cm (2 inches) smaller than standard pc keyboard.
Note: Maltron is the same size as Kinesis. See: Ergonomic Keyboards Size Comparison
- Microsoft 4000 (Do not buy. Thumb wrecking stiff spacebar)
- Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard amazon (wireless leaking password problem)
- TypeMatrix Keyboard amazon
- Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard Matias ergo pro keyboard
- Truly Ergonomic Keyboard
- Ergodox Keyboard
- Kinesis Keyboard Kinesis contoured keyboard
- Maltron Keyboard amazon
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.
- How many keystrokes you type a day, from programers to data-entry clerks. 〔➤see How Many Keystrokes You Actually Type a Day?〕 If writer or data-entry level, then you must have mechanical keys. The Microsoft ones are out.
- Do you need it to be portable? If so, the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is your best choice.
- How much you want to spend? If under $100, then Microsoft is your only choice.
- Do you already have Repetitive Strain Injury? If so, you need something like Kinesis or Maltron.
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.