Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172558/htg-reviews-the-sculpt-a-quirky-ergonomic-keyboard/
Anyone who logs serious time at their computer desk knows the toll the keyboard and mouse can take on your wrists, shoulders, and even back. Today we take a look at the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, a highly ergonomic keyboard and mouse combo that purports to realign your posture and chase away the carpal tunnel.
But I want to use "B" with my right index finger! I actually use the finger that's nearest to the key I want to use. I might even use the ring left for "P" if it was close enough.
I've tried ergonomic keyboards several times and have concluded they need a different name (one I can't post here). I'm not saying they are bad but they just don't work out for me.
I don't need one my ergo is big enough already, or so my wife says.
Well, since I type a lot, I think this is an amazing set to solve all the pain issues in the wrists.
But its too expensive.
So, I think it'll have to wait until the price gets to 20$
Agreed! I'm much more comfortable with a standard keyboard, but I can type a lot faster on a so-called "chiclet keyboard."
Na, I love my keyboard, A CM Trigger Mechanical Keyboard - Gaming, Backlit, Would hate the idea of such an absurd form of keyboard!
I learned to type about 65 years ago. I was taught how to hold my hands, and I could consistently manage more than 90 words a minute on speed tests that were popular in my Army unit. I probably have typed more hours than most folk, and I have not had any hand problems. I have seen lots of folk typing on computer keyboards. Most allow their wrists to be lower than the keyboard. That means your wrists and hands are not aligned. Mine are.
And for me the number pad is far more important than the alignment of the alpha keys, etc. Even now, I spend a lot of time using spreadsheets. My laptop does not have a number pad or a decent mouse. So I have a separate number pad and I use a wireless mouse. Moving my right hand an extra three inches or so for the mouse is not a factor.
I have a brother who uses his mouse with his left hand. And I know a few other folk who use their left hand, so making a product only for left handed folk seems inane to me. I agree with the person who said ergonomic is not an appropriate name for the keyboard. I think they were designed by folk who were not taught how to type well.
I know people who use ergonomic keyboards and love them. They say that they do reduce or eliminate wrist pain and/or are more comfortable to use. Not all bodies are built the same and have the same resistance or susceptibility to various sources of injuries so saying people that do get the injuries are using keyboards improperly based on your experience is unfair. That's like saying smoking doesn't cause lung cancer because you smoked for over 50-60 years and didn't get it.
If you are looking for an ergonomic keyboard, try the Freestyle2 from Kinesis. The keyboard is split into two pieces such that you can angle, elevate, and spread them to meet your needs.
Nice review. For me that sep tab Fn piece is a good idea. On MS's great Natural Ergonomic 4000 kb the FLock key sits right next to F12 and I'm always hitting it in heat of typing fast.
Assigned the F keys (and Shift-F) to functions so that's annoying big time. Ergo 4K has me trained in split kb design so this would be easy go. Forces B to left hand. Guess mouse is ok but I'm hooked on MS wireless laser 7000. Similar concept & shape. Have tried them all and it is best.. The 4 key large square mouse was ok for a bit but like others the right wrist soon feels it.
Be careful guys that carpal is sneaky.
looks like an interesting keyboard but it lost me at the windows button on the mouse.
How about adding a picture of the number pad.
Can the number pad be retasked to FN keys. I'm a long time fan of the OLD AT keyboard with the FN keys on the left side of the keyboard.
"Natural" / wave keyboards do take a little getting used to. I think they favor people who already have RSI due to bad habits and LARGE "boned" people with "wide" shoulders (or big bellies) that give their hands an inward twist.
But would you throw away your Logitech Trackball for the mouse? As a long time (ab)user of the trackball, I cart my trackball (and ergonomic keyboard) to every job with me and never even unpack any mice I get with new systems. Of course, it gets tougher to find a good one since I am also ambidextrous but favour my left hand for use of the mouse/trackball.
As for the ergonomic keyboard, I might have to give this one a try. I had a friend who got CTS back in the early 90s and his painful experiences with CTS drove me to always use an ergonomic keyboard and trackball whenever possible. I just find them much more comfortable to use (and I am definitely not of "big belly" nor have any really bad typing habits ) .
I use the MS Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 at work and it has definitely saved my wrists. I started to experience significant pain after long periods of coding to the point where it was keeping me up at night. After switching to the MS keyboard/mouse the pain simply went away.
Two of my biggest gripes with that model are the function keys and the materials used in the mouse. On the 7K, the function keys default to media keys instead of the F1-F12 that I use all the time! I'd rather not have media keys on my keyboard at all, though I know some people like them. Having a simple switch to choose the default behavior sounds like a perfectly reasonable compromise.
As for the mouse, the 7K has a clear plastic gel layer where the thumb rests. It's great at first, but over time, it turns yellow and disgusting from skin oils and then begins to peel, giving a rather unappealing texture. Judging by the photos here, they've eliminated that in this model.
I must admit to being very tempted to replace my 7K with this for those issues alone. The detachable number pad seems like a neat feature, though I'm not sure how it would work for me in practice, as I am a heavy number pad user. I'll have to see a photo of it.
I'm curious about that Windows key on the mouse. Can it be reassigned?