ergonomics when working (or studying) in front of a computer it is essential in order to avoid pain in the back, shoulders, elbows, wrists… And one of the devices that help to achieve it —besides a good chair or the screen placed at the right height— is the keyboard. In fact, many manufacturers have already opted to redesign their traditional models to better adapt them to the natural shape of the hands and wrists, thus achieving a much more comfortable posture regardless of how long they are used.
All the ergonomic keyboards participating in this comparison have this in common, which, on a practical level, is specified in the key spacing for left or right hands, the use of a palm rest wave keyboard curvature.
Ergonomic keyboards for comfortable typing
The four models analyzed in this article are: Kensington Pro Fit Ergo (with an average score of 7.25), Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop (8.25), Logitech ErgoK860 (9) and Perixx PeriBoard 512 (6.75). The first three are wireless, while the last one is wired.
To test them, they have been used as the main method of text input for eight hours a day (the full working day) and for a period of two weeks each. In this way, testing hours have approached 320 total hours.
What to look for in an ergonomic keyboard
Of all of them, we have valued the following characteristics:
– Design. The materials used for its construction, whether it is wireless or wired, the height and travel of the keys, ease of cleaning…
– Ergonomics. The key aspects that ensure that the hands are placed in a more natural position when typing and the wrists are aligned with the rest of the arm.
– Accessories. The comfort and possibility of adjusting its palm rests, if the numerical module comes separately…
– Others. Functions such as the possibility of connecting them to different devices, turning them on or off to save energy, etc.
Comparison of best ergonomic keyboards: Which is the best?
The keyboard that has obtained the best ratings in the comparison is the Logitech ErgoK860. Wireless type, it has the best key layout and layout among all tested peripherals, achieving the most ergonomic posture (and therefore comfortable).
Logitech Ergo K860 Ergonomic Keyboard: Our Pick and Best Value
At first glance, its design is striking. wave-shaped, which splits the letters on the QWERTY keyboard in two; the function keys (delete, home, the scroll arrows…) and the number pad are flat, as they are used much less. This means that it is especially important to place the letter area of the keyboard right in front of you.
In addition, it incorporates a very soft touch wrist rest and that it is easily cleaned with a damp cloth if it gets stained. According to the firm, consists of three layers: an upper with a soft-touch fabric; a support one with high-density foam that makes the support more comfortable and firm and distributes the pressure evenly; and a layer of memory foam.
- Product dimensions: 233 x 456 x 48.5mm.
- Batteries: 2 AAA (included).
- Operating system: Windows 11 or later, MacOS 10.14 or later, Linux, Chrome OS.
- Connection: Logi Bolt USB receiver and Bluetooth Low Energy technology; Connect to three devices simultaneously.
- Others: tiltable legs with 0º, -4º and -7º degrees.
On a practical level, the Logitech Ergo K860 ergonomic keyboard it is tall and wide enough for the wrists to be fully supported and even adapts to standing up thanks to some paws that unfold easily – even if they are not unfolded, this wrist rest is a few centimeters above the table.
The first time you sit in front of him mistakes are inevitable. Surprisingly, the learning curve has been very fast in our case and, in a couple of hours, the typos had been reduced to the maximum and the writing was very fluid.
Thanks to him, we have noticed that the posture is more relaxed in general and that less areas are loaded such as those of the trapezoid. Furthermore, it is one of the quietest that we have tried and can link with three computers at the same timeswitching between one and the other by pressing a button.
The best, the worst and conclusions
- The best: it is very comfortable and adapts to different desktop configurations.
- Worst: It is one of the most expensive models.
- Conclusion: after a couple of hours of use, writing with it is fluid and natural. After a few days, it is perceived how the hands, wrists and even the back are more relaxed.
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard: The Alternative
It also opts for a divided key design although, on this occasion, both hands are placed a few millimeters further away than in the case of the Logitech keyboard. We also see that it also has curved design, although it is less pronounced (at the top). In the same way, it incorporates a soft wrist rest that goes to the table.
These small different details mean that, despite the fact that it is still a keyboard that allows us to adopt a very ergonomic position in front of the computer, it is a little less natural than the winner of the comparison. The keys are generally soft Y silentexcept for function ones, something else harsh. It has a Windows button but no on/off switch, so it’s not the best when it comes to power efficiency.
As a peculiarity, comment that the numeric keypad is in a separate unit, which makes it much easier to place (because it is more compact) and helps to place the mouse closer. In addition, the Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard usually marketed in package next to the brand’s ergonomic mouse.
Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard
When looking at it from above, the design is the closest thing to Logitech equipment: it splits the keyboard in two and is complemented by a wide palm rest. But looking at it from the side we see that it is practically flat. It’s a comfortable design and it is easier to get used to it, but it does not help to relax the limbs as much. In this sense, it includes paws in the part close to the body that lift it in the wrist area and improve sensations.
With integrated numerical module, the keys of the ergonomic keyboard Kensington Pro Fit Ergo they are low-profile and fairly quiet, although they are totally flat and that makes typing a bit difficult.
To connect it you can choose between doing it by Bluetooth or through a 2.4GHz wireless connection from a switch that also includes the on/off option. When no key is pressed for a few minutes, it goes into sleep modeautomatically activating when touched again and remembering the first key pressed.
Perixx PeriBoard 512 Ergonomic Keyboard
The main practical difference between this model and the other participants in the comparison is that it is a wired peripheralor: your USB cable is 1.8 meters long and is of type plug&play, so it is enough to connect it to start working. Its design in general is rougher, with many more angles and substantially higher keys (and also noisier), and less careful plastic.
With some curvature in the key layout, the ergonomic keyboard Perixx Periboard 512 It integrates a flat palm rest (also made of plastic) that makes the posture of the wrists unnatural. It also incorporates seven multimedia function keys on its top that allow you to manage the volume, turn off the keyboard or search the web, as well as start browsing or messaging.
*All purchase prices included in this article are current as of September 24, 2022.