Microsoft announces Sculpt Comfort Keyboard

Microsoft has announced today a new keyboard that is designed for Windows 8 that features a split spacebar. The keyboard is ergonomic, features Windows 8 shortcut keys and a detachable padded palm rest.

The keyboard was designed to create a natural arc that encourages a comfortable wrist position and also puts the keys within easy reach. The split space bar has a unique double function that allows it to act as the backspace key that reduces hand movement to reach the backspace key which typically requires you to stretch you pinky to reach. 

The device uses wireless usb to connect to your PC and is compatible with Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7 and Vista. The keyboard runs on 2 AAA batteries and will retail for $59.95.

Make sure to read our full review of the keyboard here. 

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Microsoft's research shows that 90% of people only ever use their right thumb on the space bar. The wear on my space bar suggests I only ever use my left so that's kind of a deal breaker, which is a shame because I really like the look of it.

I see big problems with this keyboard, just looking at the pictures.

You see how the Z-key is aligned with ALT? On your keyboard, this key will be 3/4 - 1 key width closer to CTRL. Since Z, X, C, V are moved away from Ctrl, the Ctrl+Key shortcuts can strain the hand.

Now look at the W key. See how it's mostly over the A? This makes holding the WASD position very uncomfortable because your ring finger blocks your middle finger. On your keyboard, the W key is mostly over the S and this works well.

I do not know why they've laid the keys out so badly.

Probably because they have lots and lots of data that directly contradicts your theory. I won't usually follow Microsoft blindly, however their hardware department is one area I'd take them on their word for.

i dont see the problem for typing and the ctrl thing is not a biggie.

however, as a person who love an occasional game - the W position is a very big deal.

clearly a keyboard not for gamers!

i love it otherwise.
wait, is it backlit ?? if not then i am not so impressed. i am really loving the backlighting on the keys - i have it on laptops and my logitech keyboard, and you really miss it when its gone.

tmaxxtigger said,
Looks like a nice update to the old style natural keyboard.

Yep and I love the natural keyboards. Use them on all my systems.
Kinda reminds me of a modern style Ergo 4000

tmaxxtigger said,
Looks like a nice update to the old style natural keyboard.

Don't think so, 4000 has much better layout and split keys, making it easier to type

Phouchg said,
Designs of new keyboards lately:
* Take an image of a casual keyboard
* Apply Twirl in Photoshop
* Tada!

Yeah, I personally don't like them. Give me an old fashioned keyboard any day...

Phouchg said,
Designs of new keyboards lately:
* Take an image of a casual keyboard
* Apply Twirl in Photoshop
* Tada!

Not exactly casual - it's based on the Wireless Keyboard 6000 V.3 design (except for the split spacebar) which is itself basically a wireless version of the original Natural Keyboard; the design has remained THE ergo keyboard design of choice.

I've had three Microsoft keyboards - the only one that wasn't ergo was the Internet Keyboard (which was between the wired Natural Elite and my current Wireless 6000 V.3) - if it breaks (unlikely), I have found the *natural* (pun intended) successor.