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Best Ergonomic Keyboards for Wrist Wellness in 2022

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 2019
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 2019 (Image credit: Dan Rubino / Windows Central)

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can occur from prolonged PC use when the wrist is not adequately supported. It can affect some users who don't take advantage of wrist rests and solutions that create more comfortable typing experiences. Here are some options for wrist wellness, including the excellent Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (opens in new tab).

Best Overall: Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019)

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 2019

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Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019)

The most comfortable way to type

Reasons to buy

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Larger keys, more consistent travel
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Improved layout and modern design
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Great ergonomics
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Affordable
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Plug and play

Reasons to avoid

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No backlit keys
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Learning curve

The new Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019) is a natural upgrade to those rocking older models from the company. The pedigree is similar, but it's clear Microsoft has dramatically improved and updated some of the core features of this series. Typing is more comfortable, and the keyboard looks more modern with a cleaner, more straightforward design.

If you already have the Sculpt or Surface ergonomic keyboards, which are also featured in this collection, these keyboards are all a little different. This keyboard is wired and has deeper key travel than both the Sculpt and Surface ergonomic typing platforms. Microsoft nailed it with the ergonomics here, hence the name, and if you frequently find yourself hurting a little after work, this will surely be of some assistance.

For those who never tried an ergonomic keyboard, the new Microsoft Ergonomic may be worth a shot. Tthe price is one of the lowest of this series, making it quite accessible. There is a learning curve, though, and it will take at least a few days of practice to get used to the design. However, as people in comments here will attest, once you go ergonomic, it's tough to go back.

Runner-up: Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

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Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Great ergonomics on the Surface

Reasons to buy

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Superb typing experience
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Gorgeous design
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Bluetooth
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Magnesium and Alcantara

Reasons to avoid

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Alcantara wear
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Pricey
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No key illumination
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Learning curve

The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic keyboard came out in 2016 to work alongside Surface hardware (hence the branding and design). Microsoft took what made the Sculpt keyboard so good for those seeking a more comfortable typing experience and added a few new features alongside the attractive Surface look.

Ergonomic keyboards can take some time to grow accustomed to the rather strange key layout and this is present with the Surface Ergonomic keyboard. After a few weeks with this keyboard, you'll begin to understand and appreciate the benefits of these unique key layouts. So long as you can overlook the rather high price tag, lack of any key illumination and some wear of the Alcantara material.

Best Value: Logitech K350

Logitech K350

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Logitech K350

Great ergonomics on a tight budget

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Ergonomic "wave" layout
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Includes wireless mouse
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Long-lasting battery life
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Plug and play

Reasons to avoid

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Lackluster design

When you don't fancy spending days growing used to the unique configurations of Microsoft's ergonomic keyboards, Logitech has a solution for you with the K350. It's a wireless keyboard with a more traditional layout, but designed so it does provide some resistance to RSI and other risks involved with typing thousands of words per day.

Not only do you get the keyboard at this affordable price, but Logitech also bundles a wireless mouse. The long-lasting battery life of up to three years for the keyboard (and two years for the mouse) will ensure you're typing for a long time between changes. The only downside to the K350 is the design — it's a little on the bland side.

Best Gaming: Razer Ornata Chroma

Razer Ornata Chroma

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Razer Ornata Chroma

For those long gaming sessions

Reasons to buy

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10-key roll-over
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Programmable keys
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Chroma lighting
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Comfortable layout

Reasons to avoid

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Not mechanical

Enjoy playing a few games here and there, but still need a solid keyboard for typing away? Razer's Ornata Chroma may be just what you need. You've got Razer's mecha-membrane technology, making it a little better than a simple membrane keyboard without the price of a mechanical keyboard.

There's also Chroma backlighting, which isn't included in numerous ergonomic keyboards. The included wrist rest is perfect for typing up a novel or setting off all your skills in World of Warcraft. You have fully programmable keys, perfect for gaming, as well as 10-key roll-over support and a dedicated gaming mode.

Customizable: Kinesis Freestyle2

Kinesis Freestyle2

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Kinesis Freestyle2

Control how you type

Reasons to buy

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Split design
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Plug and play
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Low force key switches
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Wired performance

Reasons to avoid

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Some poorly placed keys

You don't have to put up with how a manufacturer believes is the best placement of keys with the Kinesis Freestyle2. The keyboard is split down the middle and is connected by a single cable. This allows you to position the two halves exactly how you like, leading to a vastly more comfortable typing experience.

The Freestyle2 does fall a little short with some of the keys ... or rather, the location of said keys. You may find yourself scratching your head attempting to locate shortcut keys. Still, it's a fantastic solution with a budget-friendly price tag that lets you customize exactly how aggressive the split is between the two sets of keys.

Ergonomic Basics: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

When you're all about the design

Reasons to buy

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Ergonomic design
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Comes with a mouse
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Solid connection to PC
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Requires dongle

The Microsoft Sculpt keyboard comes rocking a companion mouse, which itself sells for a decent amount, making this quite the deal. The keyboard itself is pretty good too, even if it's a little older than the other two Microsoft ergonomic keyboards included in this collection.

The Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard comes with a dongle that is required to connect the keyboard to your PC. This may mean you need a spare USB port on your PC, but you will be able to enjoy a more stable connection than Bluetooth. If you need a basic ergonomic keyboard that gets the job done and then some, this is a great choice.

Bottom line

More keyboards are available than before that offer ergonomic features or even allow you to adjust how keys are positioned. Should your wrists feel cramped or strained after a week in the office, it may be time to invest in one of the options we suggest. If we were to choose one as the best keyboard, it would be the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (opens in new tab).

Other keyboards are available at different price points or even allowing further customization. The Kinesis Freestyle2 (opens in new tab) is such an option, comprised of two separate halves of the keyboard, making it possible to position them exactly how you prefer on the desk.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.