September 19th 2012 4:30 pm

75

conclusion:We're mixed

75 November 30th 2012 3:51 pm

The Sculpt builds on Microsoft's legacy of ergonomic keyboards with one new, novel addition: its space bar is split in half, and the left half can be configured as an extra backspace key, which Microsoft says is a more natural use for the key (you can keep it as a space bar, if you disagree). The Sculpt also has a set of Windows 8 keys, which can come in handy if you need quick access to the new OS's charms bar and other features. Beyond those functions, the Sculpt is, as PCMag puts it, "a fairly standard keyboard" that, despite its comfortable shape, "could use more features, like backlighting or a rechargeable battery." CNET points out that Microsoft deserves some credit for "reexamining technological features we take for granted" but adds that "from the too-soft key response, to the thick wrist rest and giant spacebar, the Sculpt comes across as cumbersome."

Buy It:

$26.38
$59.95

90-Day Price History

now
high
$29
low
$25

Critic reviews

7.6
7 reviews
  • Ergonomics / comfort
    7.8
  • Tactility / button-feel
    6.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Portability
    6.0

sort by

User reviews

8.0
1 review
  • Ergonomics / comfort
    10
  • Tactility / button-feel
    10
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Noise
    6.0
  • Configurability
    6.0
  • Portability
    6.0
7.0
CNET Sep 19, 2012

It's always worth reexamining technology features we take for granted, but even if you like Microsoft's new approach to the spacebar, the Sculpt Comfort Keyboard needs some streamlining before it merits a recommendation.

Read the full review →
7.0
PC Mag Sep 30, 2012

The Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is a solid choice for anyone looking for a keyboard with Windows 8 hotkeys or who'd benefit from a dual-function spacebar. For everyone else, though, it's a fairly standard keyboard with a comfortable contour shape, but it could use more features.

Read the full review →
8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 16, 2012

The Sculpt isn't overly-expensive - especially when considered against the hopeless Wedge keyboard. It's a proper typing keyboard too, so if words are your business, then it's likely you'll find its firm, but positive action most pleasing, and touch-typists will take to it well.

Read the full review →
8.0
SlashGear Nov 22, 2012

Still, $59.95 isn’t all that expensive and this is a solid keyboard – the fact that it’s compatible with Windows 8, RT, 7, and Vista just adds value. If you’ve been looking for a new ergonomic keyboard, you might want to take a look at the Sculpt.

Read the full review →
8.0
PC Advisor Oct 4, 2012

It's not outstanding, or beautiful to look at, but it is comfortable to use, well put together and the Windows 8 hotkeys add value to Windows 8.

Read the full review →
7.0
Mashable Nov 19, 2012

The Sculpt’s Backspace detour is actually a great idea, but it’s coming at the wrong time. In an era where most people have both home and work computers ... Still, the Sculpt Comfort is a fine wireless keyboard even without its signature trick.

Read the full review →

How it stacks up

Instantly compare the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard side by side with some of the top devices on Engadget!

Compare these

Other Microsoft keyboards

Don't forget to check out these other devices by Microsoft, you might find something good!

See all Microsoft keyboards