Kinesis Advantage 2 ergonomic keyboardSource: Kinesis

Best Ergonomic Keyboards Windows Central 2019

Seasoned typists or hardcore gamers can all relate to wrist strain or RSI (repetitive strain injury). Hand and wrist pain is a common occurrence associated with prolonged typing on regular keyboards. An ergonomic keyboard is built to provide wrist rests and elicit a more natural forearm position. Topping our collection is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard. The split keyboard design and padded wrist rest evoke a natural arm and wrist position for guaranteed wrist wellness.

Best Overall: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard-4000Source: Microsoft

Microsoft is a reputable manufacturer when it comes to keyboards. The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard-4000 is an addition to its growing line of ergonomic keyboards. The keyboard's key bed has a natural curve, which gives it a beautiful ergonomic arc and a reversed slope. The ergonomic design and plush palm pad ensure that your palm and fingers naturally follow the reversed slope.

Away from curves and arcs, hotkeys, and a multimedia control panel are within a comfortable reach. Everyday tasks like replying to emails, opening documents, and controlling connected devices are a button away. Even better, you get an integrated and improved number pad.

Pros:

  • An improved number pad
  • An integrated plush palm rest
  • A dedicated zoom key

Cons:

  • It is not wireless
  • Mac users need to install additional software before use

Best Overall

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard

Sleek and affordable

You get to enjoy a seamless typing experience on a well designed ergonomic keyboard but at a decent price tag.

Runner-up: Perixx PERIBOARD-612 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

Perixx PERIBOARD-612 ergonomic KeyboardSource: Perixx

This instinctively designed keyboard is an improved version of the classic wired PERIBOARD-512. What sets this keyboard apart is the ergonomic full-size split design. The split design allows your hands to assume a natural typing position. You don't have to artificially straighten your fingers, as is the case with regular keyboards. Also, it works great with the 10-finger typing system.

The 3-D keyboard design gives it a natural curve, which prevents the development of mouse arm, a form of RSI syndrome. If you have already developed any of these complaints, gradually, this keyboard will bring you undeniable relief.

It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 and above or Windows 10 and above. You can always switch between two wireless connection options. The default 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 4.0. It comes with four switchable keys and a key puller. That way, you can optimise the keyboard for use with Macs or PCs.

Pros:

  • Dual wireless connectivity
  • Compatible with both Macs and Pcs
  • Dedicated multimedia keys
  • A full-size ergonomic key split

Cons:

  • The home/end/pg up/down keys have a weird layout.

Runner-up

Perixx PERIBOARD-612 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

Wide enough

Measuring 19.09 x 9.29 x 1.73 inches, the keyboard has sufficient space for both wrist ana palm rest.

Best Premium: Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic KeyboardSource: Microsoft

At a glance, you can agree that most ergonomic keyboards have achieved wrist wellness at the expense of aesthetics. Why not enjoy both worlds with the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard. The overall design of this keyboard creates a subtle arc for a pain-free typing experience. The palm rest is double cushioned with Alacantra- a luxury material sourced from Italy. That should explain the price tag!

Beauty aside, the stiff texture provides a quiet typing experience and a stable grip. This, in turn, creates smooth and consistent typing action with reduced accidental presses. The keyboard connects wirelessly to both Macs and PCs. Wireless connectivity tends to weaken over time. While it looks attractive and crisp out of the box, the grey material tends to attract dirt if you're not careful.

Pros:

  • Comes with a double padded palm rest
  • Attractive design
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Quiet typing experience

Cons:

  • Quite pricey
  • Wireless connection weakens over time

Best Premium

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Attractive

The sleek design and subtle curve give the keyboard a very stylish look. You still get to enjoy comfortable typing.

Best Mechanical: Kinesis Contoured Advantage 2 Keyboard

Kinesis Contoured Advantage 2 KeyboardSource: Kinesis

First impressions of this keyboard could leave you wondering "who needs such a keyboard?" People who want the most comfortable typing experience. It is the most ergonomic keyboard in the market, especially for touch typists. The whole keyboard is well contoured with concave-shaped key wells. Key wells are tented at 20 degrees so that you can enjoy a more natural palm, wrist, and forearm position. The separated key wells also ensure that your elbows and arms remain at shoulder width for a neutral body posture.

Even better, the keyboard uses Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches. That simply means you require less force to trigger or activate the keys when typing. The integrated palm support is perfect for wrist rest while typing. It comes with a self-adhering cushioned palm pads that offer hand rest when you are not typing. A powerful SmartSetTM Programming Engine is available to let you customise key functions.

Pros:

  • Plug and play
  • Compatible with all operating systems
  • It has the best ergonomic design
  • Optimised for touch typists
  • Concave shaped key wells for undefeated wrist wellness

Cons:

  • It is not ideal for hunt and peck typists
  • It is costly

Best Mechanical

Kinesis Contoured Advantage 2 Keyboard

Unequivocal wrist wellness

No keyboard beats the natural body, forearm, and wrist typing positions evoked by this ergonomic keyboard.

Best for Gamers: Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming KeyboardSource: Corsair

Everything in the gaming world is fast and furious. To stay on top of your game, you need a keyboard with uncompromised and reliable performance. The Corsair K63 keyboard features a super-fast 1ms 2.4GHz wireless connection for an uninterrupted gaming experience. Fast-paced general typing and multiplayer gaming is a field day with the Cherry MX Mechanical Key switches. All these features packed into a compact design enable easy portability.

The keyboard comes with a detachable palm pad to support your wrist. Also, you can buy a separate lapboard for effortless couch gaming or typing. Powering the keyboard is a rechargeable battery that can last up to 15 hours. It comes with large font keys and a vibrant blue backlight. The lighting control feature caters to night owls or anyone who needs a lit keyboard for the graveyard shift.

Pros:

  • It supports wireless charging
  • It features a brilliant controllable backlight
  • Mechanical build for fast typing
  • Ultra-fast BlueTooth connectivity

Cons:

  • Key placements may seem challenging for a beginner

Best for Gamers

Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Ergonomic meets perfomance

The keyboard caters to hardcore gamers and fast-paced typists looking to blend performance and wrist wellness.

Bottom line

It is natural to assume that all keyboards are compatible with Macs and PCs. Technically they should be. The significant difference in the operating systems is key layouts. It is better to get a keyboard that will work with your operating system straight up.

Ergonomic keyboards help you maintain the right forearm and wrist position, naturally. For guaranteed wrist wellness, our overall best pick is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard. The split keys create a perfect ergonomic design. The design elicits the natural placement of your palm and wrist when typing. With a well-cushioned palm rest, your wrist wellness is taken care of. The dedicated zoom button and other customizable hotkeys give you quick access to regular tasks. Also, the new and improved number pad will see you crunch in those numbers in a breeze.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Grace Monene I love the soft clattering sound from keyboards. It creates a euphoric relaxing sound. Besides, the sound is a great companion when working the graveyard shift.

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