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 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.
Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard
Excellent. Mechanical keys, but in traditional staggered layout.
“Truly Ergonomic” Keyboard
Most excellent! Would be great if it has more thumb keys.
Kinesis Contoured Keyboard
The Kinesis Advantage2, featuring contoured key wells and on-the-fly programable keys.
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.
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) less wide 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
- TypeMatrix Keyboard amazon
- Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard Matias ergo pro keyboard
- Truly Ergonomic Keyboard
- Ergodox Keyboard
- Kinesis Keyboard Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard
- Maltron Keyboard amazon
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.
- 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 one is out.
- Do you need it to be portable? If so, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic or Truly Ergonomic Keyboard are 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 ＆ Keyboard
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.