If you regularly spend extended periods of time typing away at your keyboard, you could be at risk of injury. Using a standard keyboard puts your wrists and hands at an unnatural position that can lead to chronic pain — even in your back and neck.
To save yourself the discomfort, make the switch to an ergonomic keyboard. From creative two-piece designs to models with advanced Bluetooth technology, you’ll find the perfect ergonomic keyboard for your workspace with this list of the best ergonomic keyboards.
The best ergonomic keyboards at a glance:
- Logitech Ergo K860
- Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop
- Logitech K350
- Kinesis Freestyle2
- Adesso Tru-Form 150
- Matias Ergo Pro
- Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
The best ergonomic keyboard you can buy right now is the Logitech Ergo K860. Unlike other keyboards on this list, it sports what Logitech calls a “split curved keyframe.” This means the keyboard isn’t flat but is instead elevated on both the front and back ends.
This design provides more comfort by allowing your hands to rest in a natural position while typing. The wrist pad packs three layers of material to help reduce strain on your wrists.
This keyboard is wireless like most and works on multiple platforms. Bluetooth connects the peripheral to three devices simultaneously, beating out the others on our list.
While the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard may not be the fanciest model around, it is easy on the hands and arms.
Microsoft’s peripheral has a domed, split layout and a reverse tilt design that keeps wrists in a neutral position. The curved, cushioned palm rest provides plenty of support to reduce fatigue. The keys are cleverly arranged to emulate the curvature of human fingers.
Microsoft’s keyboard lacks customization options, but it’s straightforward and reliable. It includes an ergonomic mouse designed for maximum rodent-pushing comfort and a separate number pad to reduce your overall travel distance. That’s not a bad three-piece deal for the price.
If you want a keyboard with a few more bells and whistles, the Logitech K350 may be the right choice. This keyboard is wireless, eliminating at least one of the annoying wires that drape across your desktop’s surface. It relies on a mere two AA batteries but promises an “extended” battery life span of up to three years.
The K350’s cushioned palm rest and wavy keys gently cradle your hands. They’re complemented by a solid construction ensuring the keyboard survives frequent travel. The function keys are fully programmable too using Logitech’s free software.
For those who desire even more comfort mixed with an extremely unique design, the Kinesis Freestyle2 is your ticket to ergonomic goodness. Available for both Mac and Windows, it offers a two-piece design, allowing users to position both their hands and each half as they see fit.
The Freestyle2 wirelessly connects to your PC, Android, or iOS device via Bluetooth. Although it doesn’t have the nicest keys, the freedom to adjust the two halves is a great (and unique) feature. A single cable measuring nine inches connects these two halves by default, buttoo.
Backlit keyboards are great for dimly-lit conditions, eliminating the painful key-hunting process for photo/video editors, gamers, and general cave dwellers. Some people find colorful keys a bit gaudy, but there’s a big market for customers who find white illumination boring. If that’s you, the Adesso Tru-Form 150 will make you feel right at home with a choice of green, red, or blue backlighting with adjustable brightness.
This keyboard lacks a cushioned palm rest, but at least it’s curved, keeping wrists in a neutral position. It also possesses special function keys for adjusting volume and such. It’s not the most comfortable keyboard, but for those who must have lights, it should suffice.
While some people despise the loud clicking of mechanical keyboards, those who love it — and the thrilling ping of a keycap pressing against the switch beneath — may be unable to go back to standard keyboards. If you need a keyboard that is both mechanical and ergonomic, the Matias Ergo Pro offers everything you desire.
Like the Freestyle2, the Matias is a fully split keyboard, so you can maneuver the two halves into whatever positions you feel is most comfortable. This keyboard also sports a cushioned palm rest for maximum comfort, but at an uncomfortable price tag at nearly $200. Still, it has many virtues for the price.
Finally, we round out this batch with another Microsoft ergonomic keyboard. It’s wireless, it’s pretty, and it’s pretty inexpensive compared to the Matias Ergo Pro. You can plug this keyboard into any Windows 10 device, as long as it has a USB port or supports Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0/4.1 or later) connectivity. The keyboard runs on two AAA batteries that should last up to a year.
This Surface-branded keyboard sports a natural arc and slope that’s complemented by a two-tone grey palm rest. The thin design makes this keyboard comfortable and portable. It only measures 1.36 inches at its thickest point. It’s a durable option with a key switch life of 500,000 to 10 million presses. Additional features include multimedia keys and 128-bit AES encryption.
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