Vintage Ergonomic Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a gallery of exotic ergonomic keyboards. They are no longer made. For ones that you can easily buy, see: Ergonomic Keyboards Reviews: How to Chose a Ergonomic Keyboard.

Ergonomixx Mykey

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Ergonomixx Mykey. (img src…, , by hoggy)

This is a Ergonomixx Mykey. Hasn't been made for a long time. Can't really comment on how comfortable it is as the switches (MEI) are ghastly - very, very stiff. I'm hoping it's an age related problem, otherwise I can see (feel) why they didn't catch on. I like the idea of the function keys in a circle with the cursor keys in the middle, it seems to be an intuitive way of laying them out.

Underneath, it has 4 legs, so it can be tilted negatively (slopes down away from the user rather than up away from the user).

(from hoggy, , source:…, )

Scythe Ergo Diver keyboard

Discovered this funky one recently.

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“Scythe Ergo Diver keyboard”
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Scythe Ergo Diver keyboard
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“Scythe Ergo Diver keyboard” left side

Very interesting new design. Notice that the keys for the right hand is vertically aligned, but the left side is somewhat staggered alignment. The keyboard is not symmetric. The ⇧ Shift key have different positions on each side. It doesn't have a Ctrl on the right side.

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“Scythe Ergo Diver keyboard” right side

I'm not sure this is a good ergonomic keyboard, but i'm absolutely sure it is better than conventional flat keyboards. Interestingly, if you look at the box, it bills itself as a “ergonomic FPS (first person shooter)” and “MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game)” gaming keyboard. I think it's a bit crazy marketing. The most important feature of a gaming keyboard is many extra programable keys. This one has none, nor any other features of gaming keyboards such as LCD display, glowing keys, high-tech appearance.

The Scythe keyboard is around since at least 2003, but seems no longer in production. You may still get it in China or Japan.

Here's a review: 〔Scythe Co.'s Ergo Diver Keyboard By Matt and Brian. @

Japan NEC M-Type Keyboards, TRON Keyboard

japanese ergonomic keyboards
«元日本電気特別顧問森田正典氏が考案したM型キーボード('83年~)。左に母音、右に子音を配置しキー配置の覚えやすさと、左右交互打鍵と複数文字列を単打鍵で入力できる複合キーにより、高速な日本語入力を実現したという。文豪などに搭載されたほか、PC-8801/9801用、Windows用が発売された» 〔写真で見る歴史的なコンピュータ~「情報技術のエポック展」レポート【訂正版】 By Impress Corporation. @

For photos and detail, see: Japan M-Type keyboard, TRON keyboard.

Marquardt Mini-Ergo

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“Marquardt Mini-Ergo” (1992)

Northgate Omnikey Evolution Ergonomic Keyboard

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Northgate Omnikey Evolution ergonomic keyboard. White Alps mechanical key switch. (photo by webwit image source)

A review. 〔Northgate keyboard repair By Steve Ferg. @

Chicony KB-7000, Addison KB-7001, PC Reveal KB-7061

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Addison KB-7001. Dated around mid 1990s. Key-switch used is ALPS. image source

〔➤see Guide to Computer Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

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PC Reveal KB-7061 ergonomic keyboard. (photo by webwit image source)
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PC Reveal KB-7061 ergonomic keyboard. (photo by Phaedrus)

Humble Hacker Keyboard

Humble Hacker Keyboard

Thanks to fangzhzh for showing me the Scythe keyboard. Thanks for boskom for reminding me the Humble Hacker keyboard.

PLUM keyboard

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“PLUM keyboard”

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