Microsoft's new ergonomic keyboards and mice will keep your wrists happy

Microsoft has a long history of helping to keep you comfortable while you work. From enhancements to its software products to physical goods such as keyboards and mice, Microsoft, like many of us, knows what it feels like to be sitting at a desk all day long while you try to make ends meet.

In the past, we have seen several ergonomic products come from the company including several mice and keyboard, and today Microsoft is looking to expand that product line with the new Sculpt Comfort Desktop and Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop.

The Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is designed to offer a modern take on the ergonomic layout.  The keyboard has a split design, cushioned palm rest and domed shape to help keep your wrists at a natural angle; optimal mouse height helps prevent carpal tunnel, as the mouse is angled to be in a more relaxed position. Add all this up, and it looks like Microsoft has created yet another wrist-friendly keyboard that the ergonomic faithful will enjoy.

The keyboard and mouse combo will be available in August with an MSRP of $129.95 but will also be sold separately with the keyboard ringing up at $80.95 and the mouse at $59.95.

The Sculpt Comfort Desktop is a conservative approach when compared to the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop but features a contoured design, detachable padded palm rest, split spacebar with backspace functionality and is, of course, optimized for Windows 8.  The mouse has the ability to scroll in any direction and designed to be comfortable over a full day of work.

The Sculpt Comfort Desktop will be available in August of 2013 with an MSRP of $79.95 but the keyboard can be purchased for $59.95 and the mouse for $39.95.

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Just ordered the Sculpt Comfort Mouse last night... hope it's good!

In my opinion Microsoft haven't improved on a mouse they've made since the brilliant IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 but it's time I went wireless as I'm running Surface Pro as my main computer now (without a USB dock) *crosses fingers*

I can just see tablet users, now they have to do some serious data entry work, going out and buying this keyboard. Now, one has a table display device with a separate keyboard (2 pieces). It seems to me that a nice laptop makes much more sense (1 piece). Oh well, each to their own.

Yep, to each their own. Tablet users that want a real keyboard for serious data entry work can connect the keyboard when they need to, and disconnect it for the other times they're not doing serious data entry. Other people can use laptops/desktops too. What a wonderful world we live in where people can choose from many form factors.

JHBrown said,
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Different ways to work for different people.

My disabled son cannot use any keyboard, so touch is ergonomic for him.
I like the ergonomic one more than the comfort myself. It's all about preference and creating products and services that are useful to a broad spectrum of people.
Just because your preference is different than the primary focus of Win8 doesn't mean MS are wrong, just not catering to your group, for a change.

JHBrown said,
I thought Microsoft was pushing the un-ergonomic touch screen? Glad to see they've come back to their senses.

Wot

Completely unrelated

glen8 said,
Microsoft! 1990 called and wants its keyboard back

Because it has only ten function keys in two vertical rows on the left? Or because you don't know anything about computer history?

Joshie said,

Because it has only ten function keys in two vertical rows on the left? Or because you don't know anything about computer history?

get a sense of humour dude....purleze

glen8 said,

get a sense of humour dude....purleze


People who think they're funny but aren't shouldn't be patronized. It stunts their growth.

Asik said,
Great for typing, terrible for playing Starcraft.

Perhaps, but that means some of us can hit up HR or IT and request these fot work.

Chikairo said,

Perhaps, but that means some of us can hit up HR or IT and request these fot work.
Yup I've definitely love one of these at work. Not for my home PC though.

I have the sculpt Keyboard, great key feeling and it's very ergonomic. (Okay, I must admit, I not write 10000 words each day in my blog ), but overall I would give the keyboard 3 from 5 stars. 6 function keys are useless, because they are only for metro and this splitted spacebar is useless for me too (You must press both keys, wait 10 seconds, and the left space key get backspace. The 10 seconds are the problem for me). I would give 4 or 5 stars, maybe, if I would have any keyboard driver, with any settings. No, next time I must buy a new Keyboard, I will search for a keyboard not from MS or Logitech.

I bought the mouse. It's really nice except that very often it will freeze on the screen and the only thing you can do is switch it off and then back on. It gets quite annoying after the 10th time.

I don't like when the home/insert/end and cursor keys are realigned.
I never understood why the "6" is always on the left hand side for split keyboards.

Underline-dash and plus/equals key - they balance out the tilde key on the opposing side.

Microsoft has a LONG history of ergo keyboards, and a history almost as long of a choice between split and non-split ergo; however, their original ergo line was non-split (the original Natural Keyboard and Natural Keyboard Elite were non-split).
And for which OS do you need drivers? The Windows 8-based Mouse and Keyboard Center covers every mouse and keyboard the company makes for USB or even PS/2 (and also most clones - I use the mouse component as a MUCH better alternative to SetPoint for my Logitech V220 Cordless Laser Mouse, while the keyboard component drives my Wireless Keyboard 6000 V.3, an older non-split ergo keyboard).

I've been buying the MS ergonomic keyboards since the days of the hugely oversized white ones with the massive split down the middle.

I love my comfort Desktop 5000. The sculpt comfort desktop looks good - will have to try it out. Not sure I like the split in the ergonomic one and I use the keypad enough that I don't think I'd want it floating about somewhere (most likely knocked on the floor or in a drawer somewhere).

canadian said,
I've been buying the MS ergonomic keyboards since the days of the hugely oversized white ones with the massive split down the middle.

I'm currently typing on one of those: Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite.

They've tried to take it before when replacing my system, but I won't let them have it. unless.....

Indeed, the bottom looks at least "acceptable". The first looks like the "Natural Ergonomic 4000" that once upon a time, I did the horrible mistake to buy it... Never got used to that truly bad design.

These don't seem as bad as 4000 with such a large deviation, but you never know. Better check this out twice before you buy, and personally I'd certainly suggest to physically try it before the purchase.

spy beef said,
For that price, it should be mechanical keys.

Conversely, for their prices, mechanical keyboards should be ergonomic

spy beef said,
For that price, it should be mechanical keys.

Mechanical keys on a low-profile keyboard? Wouldn't make much sense since the key travel is already enough short.

Also, why the heck did they remove the menu key?

francescob said,

Mechanical keys on a low-profile keyboard? Wouldn't make much sense since the key travel is already enough short.

Also, why the heck did they remove the menu key?


context-menu key? it's still there, right between Alt and Ctrl on the right side.

x.iso said,

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I prefer Shift+F10 as a desktop support technician who doesn't have all the fancy MS specific keys, I have to remember the original shortcuts. CTRL+Esc anyone?

x.iso said,

context-menu key? it's still there, right between Alt and Ctrl on the right side.

Isn't that a function/winkey like on the mobile keyboard 5000?

warwagon said,

Once you go mechanical you never go back

Didn't everyone have mechanical keyboards back in the day, and everyone switched to non-mechanical? Kinda invalidates your statement