Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard

75
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Standard
Ergonomic design
Contoured
Number pad
Integrated
Connection type
Wireless

General

Type
Standard
Ergonomic design
Contoured

Navigation

Pointing device
no
Scroll wheel
no

Design

Adjustable height
yes
Cable organizer
no
Palm rest
yes (Detachable)

Other features

Fingerprint reader
no
Headphone jack
no
Integrated display
no
Spill resistant
no

Keys

Backlit keys
no
Special keys
yes (OS-specific keys)
Simultaneous keypresses
yes
Key mechanism
Membrane
Number pad
Integrated

Connection

Connection type
Wireless (AAA)
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