In the last several years, developers have made developing ergonomically sound PC accessories a priority. Vertical mice have come a long way, and there are tons of amazing options for them on the market, but things have been considerably slower on the keyboard side of things. Enter the Logitech Ergo K860, Logitech's latest attempt at creating a keyboard that is both very comfortable and supportive, with the goal being to combat hand and wrist pain.
I admit I was rather skeptical of the design at first. After spending a long time using it, though, I can confidently say that the Logitech Ergo K860 is the best ergonomically-designed keyboard I've ever laid my hands on.
Logitech Ergo K860 Keyboard
- Amazing comfort and support
- Durable design
- Extreme battery life
- Flexibility of wireless connection
- No backlighting
- Wrist rest can't be removed
What you'll love about this keyboard
Hands down, the best thing about this keyboard is the way it's shaped. Featuring an elevated "hump" design and an inverted V-shaped key layout, it's anything but ordinary. However, it turns out that this layout is perfect for allowing you to type in a neutral, relaxed position. You don't have to bend your wrists at all, and the way your hands naturally curve slightly inwards aligns perfectly with the curved key layout, so you don't have to turn your wrists, either. It certainly takes a while to get used to it, but it's a design that does what it's supposed to do; after several weeks of use, I haven't experienced any hand or wrist pain whatsoever.
In addition to the shape of the keyboard, the overall quality of it is excellent, too. The low profile keys are excellent to type on and have no problems, while the hard plastic and metal frame material the keyboard is made out of is very sturdy. The attached wrist rest is made out of pillowed multi-layer foam as well, which feels incredible on your hands.
Lastly, the keyboard is quite versatile and can be used with a myriad of devices and setups. The wireless connection frees you from the restrictions of a cord, and it works either through the use of a USB dongle or via Bluetooth. The keyboard also comes with a stand under the wrist rest that allows you to elevate the front of it for use with standing desks. The battery isn't rechargeable (it requires two AA batteries), but it lasts for two entire years, which means you'll almost never need to worry about replacing them.
What you'll love less about this keyboard
While I feel that the Logitech Ergo K860 is nearly perfect, I do have some minor issues with it. Firstly, I'm not a fan of the fact that the device lacks backlighting for the keys. This feels like a feature that every keyboard should have now, and while I can see why they left it out for prolonged battery life, I'd have preferred them to include backlighting and to put a rechargeable battery in.
I also don't like that the wrist rest can't be taken off. This probably won't bug too many folks, but as someone who prefers to keep the edge of my keyboard close to the edge of my desk, I do find it annoying that I can't take it off.
Should you buy this keyboard?
While the lack of backlit keys and the absence of the ability to detach the wrist rest are unfortunate, they are by no means issues that should deter you from the excellence of the Logitech Ergo K860. The design of the keyboard is genius, and it's the most comfortable keyboard I've ever used, hands down.
If you're someone who struggles with hand and wrist pain while using the computer, or if you're someone who wants to prevent it from building up, I can't recommend buying this keyboard enough.
Say goodbye to hand pain
Logitech Ergo K860
Offering amazing comfort and support while typing, the Logitech Ergo K860 is an amazing choice for combating pain in your hands and arms.
Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.
This is basically an MS Sculpt copycat...
All ergonomic keyboards have looked fairly similar for many years, so it' not really fair to claim that this is copying the Sculpt (there are actually multiple Sculpt keyboards) when the Sculpt could be claimed to be copying past designs from various manufacturers for the same reason. The general design is not going to change because that's required to provide the ergonomic advantage. Anything that doesn't follow that design is probably not going to be as ergonomic. I did have a colleague some years back who did have a keyboard that did have a rather unconventional design and was claimed to be ergonomic but it clearly didn't catch on.
This keyboard offers absolutely nothing over the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard.
Logitech have really sussed the dongle side of things, so you only need one if you've got a mouse and keyboard, not purchased as a set, they're not tied to the device, so if you lose it, you're not contemplating a replacement keyboard and they're compatible with most if not all OSes. So quite a lot going for Logitech. Personally I'd choose whichever felt more comfortable, but if I needed it to work on multiple computers, some older none Bluetooth 4.0, then the Logitech is clearly better and offers more.
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