The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard provides a comfortable and refined typing experience that's better for your wrists. It builds off the strengths of its predecessors and improves the design, build materials, and look over the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard.
- Bluetooth without a dongle
- Comfortable Alcantara base
- Ergonomic typing
- Aluminum material
- Alcantara wears down over time
- No angle adjustment
- Weaker connection to PC
The Microsoft Sculpt keyboard has an ergonomic design that's better to type on for your wrists. It's made of plastic rather than the more comfortable Alcantara but doesn't get as grimy over time. The dongle also provides a solid connection.
- Ergonomic design
- Adjustable typing angles
- Comes with a mouse
- Solid connection to PC
- Requires dongle that can't be replaced
Microsoft has made keyboards for decades. You can't go wrong with either of these keyboards if you want an ergonomic setup. However, even though both of these devices look similar, there are some key differences that will determine which is best for you. If you had to pick one, I'd recommend the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard for its comfortable design, build materials, and the fact that it doesn't require a dongle to connect to your PC.
Break it down now
|Category||Surface Ergonomic||Sculpt Ergonomic|
|Connection||Bluetooth 4/4.1 SMART built in||Bluetooth through dongle|
|Palm rest material||Alcantara||Plastic|
|Comes with mouse||No||Yes|
The Surface Ergonomic keyboard is an ergonomic keyboard with similar design cues to the newer products from the Surface line. It has metal keys, Alcantara fabric on the wrist rest, and sports a silver color. Ergonomic keyboards all take time to adjust to them if you're coming from a traditional keyboard, but the typing experience on the Surface Ergonomic keyboard is solid, which makes the transition easier.
The build quality of the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is solid and the typing experience is smooth. Unfortunately, the Alcantara on the wrist rest isn't coated the same way that the Surface Laptop 2's Alcantara is. That means that it shows dirt and grime.
The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is, in many ways, the successor to the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard. There are some notable design improvements though.
One of the most notable differences is that the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard doesn't require a dongle to connect to your PC. It has built-in Bluetooth 4/4.1 Low Energy. This is in contrast the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard, which requires a specific 2.4 GHz USB dongle that can't be replaced. The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard's connection to PCs wasn't as strong as the 2.4 GHz dongle in our testing, but is much more convenient since you don't need to deal with putting anything into ports.
The Microsoft Sculpt keyboard is also an impressive keyboard. It is the precursor to the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard and has a wedged design that makes typing easier on your wrists. The Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard is noticeably more plastic than its newer sibling, which doesn't feel as premium as newer devices that feature metal parts, but it doesn't show grime and get dirty.
The Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard has one major difference that goes in its favor: it comes with a mouse. The mouse that comes with the keyboard isn't a cheap giveaway device either — it sells on its own for $40 and is a quality product.
The Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard is an older device when compared to the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, but is still a solid keyboard. Microsoft has earned its positive reputation when it comes to keyboards and while the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard is more expensive than some competitors, it'll get the job done and then some.
The Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard comes with a dongle that is required to connect the keyboard to your PC. This is a bit more of a hassle because it means that you have to dedicate a USB port to your keyboard. Most devices have USB drives, but ports are at a premium on many devices and many modern keyboards have built-in Bluetooth connections. The benefit of the dongle is that it provides a solid connection.
In the end, if you want that mouse/keyboard combo and the added connection with the dongle, the Sculpt Keyboard might be your best bet. However, for most people, the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is a better value.
A premium typing experience
The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard provides a premium typing experience that will help your wrists feel more comfortable while typing. It uses Bluetooth, which makes connecting to your computer easy, but that connection is weak in comparison to the Sculpt.
Full desktop setup
A good mouse and keyboard setup
The Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is a solid keyboard that helps your wrists be more comfortable. Plus, it comes with a nice mouse. It's just more basic than the Surface keyboard and its build quality doesn't feel as stable.
Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org (opens in new tab).
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