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."
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Keyboard Case for iPad 2
ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops will arrive this holiday
Hopefully Microsoft has learned its lesson from Windows RT.
Windows 10's biannual update schedule starts in September
Expect new feature releases every spring and fall moving forward.