Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 2019

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Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard. This came out in 2019-10.

bad spacebar.

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Vertical Key Columns Not Much Slanted

Note, the vertical key columns are not as much slanted. Look at the columns Q A Z. This is a major innovation from a mainstream keyboard maker.

This is a improvement from their previous Microsoft Sculpt from 2013

and Microsoft Surface from 2016

Microsoft Surface

Those have thin keys like laptop keyboards.

the new has traditional thick keys.

Better Alt Key Position

Another major improvement is that now the Alt key is even closer to thumb.

On their previous models, it's to the lower left of c key.

Now it's to the lower right of c key.

Is Spacebar Stiff?

One bad thing is the spacebar. It becomes a long bar again. Many amazon review complain, it make lound noises and prone to be stuck.

On a previous version, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, the space bar is a major problem. It is super stiff.

No Gap on Function Keys

Another flaw is, there is no gap between the function keys row and number row. This makes touch location less efficient. You have to look at the keys more often.

[see Why Function Keys F1 to F12 Are Useful]

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