August 13th 2013 12:19 pm


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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.

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The Wirecutter May 14, 2014

The Sculpt was most comfortable thanks to a great wristpad design, a removable negative-slope attachment and chiclet keys that should feel familiar to anyone who owns a laptop today. When I’m not gaming, I’d rather use this keyboard than any other keyboard I’ve ever owned or tested.

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AllThingsD Aug 26, 2013

Not only did I feel slightly less strained in my wrist and shoulders, but the keyboard, frankly, wasn’t ugly. It’s not the kind of keyboard you’d be ashamed to pair up with your new Ultrabook, your sleek MacBook Air or your high-tech, multiscreen desktop computer system.

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PC Mag Sep 12, 2013

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a trio of PC peripherals designed to reduce strain and improve your PC experience.

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CNET Aug 26, 2013

Microsoft delivers a keyboard and mouse that force your hands into a more relaxed position, and while it may take some time to adjust to the placement and angles, once you do, you won't regret buying this set.

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WinSuperSite Sep 15, 2013

They will protect your wrists from damage, though to be clear I do use ... a gel-based wrist rest with the mouse. And that is why I will keep using this set and can recommend it to others. The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop isn't perfect. But it is highly recommended.

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PC Advisor Mar 11, 2014

It's a well-designed and made ergonomic wireless peripherals with dedicated Windows controls. ... The mouse didn't work brilliantly in our tests, but that may be an issue with Bluetooth interference, and we love the keyboard. Definitely worth considering if you require ergonomic peripherals.

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TechRadar Feb 17, 2014

The ergonomic considerations that have gone into this desktop set are evident, and only possible from a company that has spent a lot of time studying that particular area.

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Computer Shopper May 6, 2014

While it isn't cheap, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop's stylish and comfortable design, simple setup, and solid typing experience make it worth the price tag.

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Digital Trends Aug 15, 2013

Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop keyboard and mouse bundle eschew compactness for improved comfort and functionality. Not only do these peripherals look good, you’ll feel better using them.

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Neowin Dec 11, 2013

If you can overlook the quirks that irked me, and you have the patience to put in some effort for considerable ergonomic benefits, then you should absolutely buy the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop without delay. You’ll make your wrists very happy indeed.

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Windows Central Aug 13, 2013

The new keyboard has a unique split design down the center, which is coupled with a cushioned palm rest and the signature dome shape. Ergonomic keyboards help to reduce pain for users who type for hours on end by keeping your wrists at a natural angle while working.

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acaurora acaurora

Previously, I had the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Before this Sculpt Keyboard, the NEK4000 was pretty great in my opinion. It was very comfortable, had a good typing experience, and I just knew that when I had to sit down to type a long document I wouldn't get fatigued. And then I got the...

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kevinma kevinma

I broke down and bought one. I have been disappointed of late with Microsoft's no longer ergonimic keyboards which had started to straighten out. I bought only the keyboard because I have used a track ball for 20 years and don't need another microsoft mouse hanging around. First, I hate...

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Redge Redge

I've never had such a pleasant keyboard before. If can touch type, then you need to get this keyboard.

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