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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard review

Ergonomic keyboard for workers and gamers alike

Our Verdict

For

  • Good design
  • Comfortable to use
  • New Windows 8 features
  • Wrist support
  • Good battery life

Against

  • No easy way to recharge batteries
  • Expensive

If you do a lot of typing or gaming that involves long periods of time using a keyboard, then you can do yourself a lot of good by getting an ergonomic keyboard such as the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard.

These keyboards are specially designed to reduce stress in the hands when typing, making for a more comfortable experience and reduced risk of RSI. Microsoft might be more famous for other things, but it has a long and distinguished history of creating ergonomic peripherals, and its Sculpt Comfort Keyboard continues this legacy.

The curved design keeps keys close to the fingers while typing, and the padded wrist support is comfortable to use.

This keyboard has been released to coincide with Windows 8, so along with a redesigned Windows logo on the Windows key, some keys (known as the 'F' keys, eg F5) double as keys for Windows 8-specific tools and charms. These can be toggled by a switch, and when used with Windows 8 they work well, and make the new operating system a lot easier to get used to.

The keyboard is wireless and it also comes with a split spacebar, which is designed to improve typing efficiency, though we didn't notice too much difference.

Verdict

Overall the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is an excellent ergonomic keyboard.

Tech Specs

Product TypeKeyboard
Keyboard/Keypad Host InterfaceUSB
ColourBlack
Brand NameMicrosoft
Keyboard/Keypad Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Keyboard/Keypad Wireless TechnologyRF
Device SupportedComputer
LocalizationEnglish (UK)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, WEEE
Keyboard/Keypad Height33.02 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Width452.12 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Depth213.11 mm
Country of OriginChina
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product NameSculpt Comfort Keyboard
Product LineSculpt Comfort
Hot KeysCalculator, Play/Pause, Mute, Volume Up, Volume Down
Manufacturer Part NumberV4S-00006
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.microsoft.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for comfort

The Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is packed with ergonomic features including a contoured keyset, removable padded palm rest, and palm lift. These features are designed to encourage a more natural, relaxed positioning of the arms, hands and wrist, providing greater comfort and helping to avoid injury during extended use.

Built for productivity

Microsoft believes in the constant pursuit of excellence, and is always looking for ways to improve the comfort and productivity of our hardware. The new split spacebar with backspace functionality on the Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is the perfect example. Research shows that 90 percent of people use only their right thumb to hit the space bar, and that the backspace key is one of the most frequently used keys on a keyboard. Knowing this, Microsoft Hardware designers built a larger, split spacebar that includes a backspace bar on the left-hand side. The new design helps improve typing speed and provide improved comfort.

Perfect for Windows 8

The Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is equipped with hotkeys that give you one-touch access to some of the most commonly used functions in Windows 8, so you can search, share, or access your settings in the blink of an eye.

Packaged Quantity1
Package Contents
  • Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
  • 2 x AAA Alkaline Batteries
  • USB Receiver
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)808 g