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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

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84 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

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

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Engadget Summary

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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Ergonomic design
Split
Number pad
External
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Ergonomic design
Number pad
Standard
Split
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84 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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nicolaizen
A mediocre mouse, and an excellent keyboard but: the numeric pad's battery life...read more
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kepner
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Redge
I've never had such a pleasant keyboard before. If can touch type, then you...read more
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The Latest

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