When you work on a keyboard all day your wrist, arms and back can start to hurt. Thankfully there are a lot of different ways to mitigate that pain. Ergonomic keyboards and mice are two of the ways you can fix the pain in your wrist. This article will focus on the keyboards.
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
Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard (opens in new tab)
A beautiful keyboard that matches the surface look and feel.
The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard by Microsoft is an expensive option, but that's for a good reason.
- Superb typing experience
- Gorgeous design
- Magnesium and Alcantara
- Alcantara wear
- No key illumination
- 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.
Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave (opens in new tab)
The best bang for your buck
The K350 from Logitech is an ergonomic wireless keyboard with enough separation of the two sides for more comfortable typing
- Ergonomic "wave" layout
- Includes wireless mouse
- Long-lasting battery life
- Plug and play
- 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.
Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard (opens in new tab)
Bring some color to your ergonomics!
When you want a mechanical-like feel to your typing (and gaming), Razer's Ornata Chroma is an excellent keyboard for PC gamers
- 10-key roll-over
- Programmable keys
- Chroma lighting
- Comfortable layout
- 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.
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard (opens in new tab)
When you're all about the design
Microsoft means business with the Sculpt keyboard, specially designed for your wrists to be in a natural, relaxed position
- Ergonomic design
- Comes with a mouse
- Solid connection to PC
- Good value
- 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.
Kinesis Freestyle2 (opens in new tab)
Control how you type
This particular keyboard is unique due to being sliced down the middle, allowing you to adjust the ergonomics
- Split design
- Plug and play
- Low force key switches
- Wired performance
- 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.
Make your wrist happy
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 Surface 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.