Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

84
Global
Score
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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If you're been feeling that telltale ache in your wrists and hands that results from too much typing, it might be time to invest in an ergonomic keyboard. The Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is the latest beneficiary of decades of research by Microsoft to build a peripheral that will let you get your work done without being too detrimental to your health.

The Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard utilizes a design known as "manta ray," with a split middle and a curve sweeping downward on each side. Both WinSuperSite and Digital Trends favorably compare it to the classic Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, with the latter noting it's a "thinner and sleeker version" that shaves off "all unnecessary bulk." But even if this thing does save you a bit of space, the real reason to use an ergonomic keyboard is how well it takes care of your wrists, at which the Sculpt Ergonomic definitely succeeds. Computer Shopper finds it'll keep your hands "at a natural angle" and your wrists will be plenty comfortable thanks to its "luxurious wrist rest," while Neowin says it's "easy to find an optimum typing position" that lets you type quickly and comfortably.

The keys are up to the challenge as well, with Digital Trends taking note of their depth, saying it's just enough to type fast "without putting a lot of strain on your wrists and fingers." Computer Shopper outright says they offer the "best finger feedback we've experienced from a wireless keyboard." Not everyone was completely enamored, though -- The Wirecutter thinks they "don’t feel as good as mechanical keys, " and the function and escape keys "are also smaller than I’d like." Even so, the Sculpt Ergonomic felt "far better to type on" than the other keyboards they tested.

The Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop builds on the design and ergonomics of previous products to hit that sweet spot between looking good and feeling good. The price might be a little high for a keyboard but, when it comes to keeping repetitive strain injuries away, you'll find it's well worth it.

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Design and form factor
8.2
Noise
8.0
Ergonomics / comfort
8.4
Tactility / button-feel
8.8
Portability
6.8
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Specs

Sculpt

Type
Standard
Ergonomic design
Split
Number pad
External
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Specs

Sculpt

Type
Standard
Ergonomic design
Split
Number pad
External
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