As natural as it might feel for the wordsmiths among us, typing puts your hands and wrists in an unnatural position. Bad posture can cause your wrists, elbows, neck, and back to hurt over time. The best ergonomic keyboards address those positioning problems to help relieve discomfort and promote healthy posture habits.
Our prime pick is the Logitech Ergo K860, with its padded palm wrest and curved design, but we have plenty of other options for all budgets. If you’re prioritizing wrist comfort, key functionality, wireless connectivity, or any other vital feature, keep reading for recommendations.
The best ergonomic keyboards
The best ergonomic keyboard you can buy right now is the Logitech Ergo K860. Unlike other keyboards on this list, it sports what Logitech calls a “split curved keyframe.” This means the keyboard isn’t flat but is instead elevated on both the front and back ends. This design provides more comfort by allowing your hands to rest in a natural position while typing. The super-comfortable wrist pad packs three layers of material to help reduce strain on your wrists.
This keyboard is wireless like most and works on multiple platforms. Bluetooth connects the peripheral to three devices simultaneously, beating out the others on our list.
While the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard may not be the fanciest model around, it is easy on the arms, sporting a curved, cushioned palm rest to support users’ wrists as they type. The keyboard’s angular design keeps wrists in a neutral position, as the keys are arranged in curves to emulate the curvature of human fingers.
Microsoft’s keyboard lacks customization options, but it’s a straightforward, reliable option and rather inexpensive to boot. It’s currently as low as $ 66 on Amazon, which makes it even better.
If you want a keyboard with a few more bells and whistles, the Logitech K350 may be the right choice. This keyboard is wireless, eliminating at least one of the annoying wires that drape across your desktop’s surface. It relies on a mere two AA batteries but promises an “extended” battery life span of up to three years.
The K350’s cushioned palm rest and wavy keys gently cradle your hands. They’re complemented by a solid construction ensuring the keyboard survives frequent travel. The function keys are fully programmable too using Logitech’s free software.
For those who desire even more comfort mixed with an extremely unique design, the Kinesis Freestyle2 is your ticket to ergonomic goodness. Available for both Mac and Windows, it offers a two-piece design, allowing users to position both their hands and each half as they see fit.
The Freestyle2 wirelessly connects to your PC, Android, or iOS device via Bluetooth. Although it doesn’t have the nicest keys, the freedom to adjust the two halves is a great (and unique) feature. A single cable measuring nine inches connects these two halves by default, buttoo.
Adesso Tru-Form 150
Backlit keyboards are great for dimly-lit conditions, eliminating the painful key-hunting process for photo/video editors, gamers, and general cave dwellers. Some people find colorful keys a bit gaudy, but there’s a big market for customers who find white illumination boring. If that’s you, the Adesso Tru-Form 150 will make you feel right at home with a choice of green, red, or blue backlighting with adjustable brightness.
The keyboard lacks a cushioned palm rest, but at least it’s curved, keeping wrists in a neutral position. It also possesses special function keys for adjusting volume and such. It’s not the most comfortable keyboard, but for those who must have lights, it should suffice.
Matias Ergo Pro
While some people despise the loud clicking of mechanical keyboards, those who love it — and the thrilling ping of a keycap pressing against the switch beneath — may be unable to go back to standard keyboards. If you need a keyboard that is both mechanical and ergonomic, the Matias Ergo Pro offers everything you desire.
Like the Freestyle2, the Matias is a fully split keyboard, so you can maneuver the two halves into whatever positions you feel is most comfortable. This keyboard also sports a cushioned palm rest for maximum comfort, but an uncomfortable price tag at nearly $ 200. Still, it has many virtues for the price.
Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
Finally, we round out this batch with another Microsoft ergonomic keyboard. It’s wireless, it’s pretty, and it’s pretty inexpensive compared to the Matias Ergo Pro. It works with any Windows 10 device that supports keyboard-based input via a wireless USB dongle or Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0/4.1 or later). It requires two AAA batteries you’ll need to swap out once a year.
This Surface-branded keyboard sports a natural arc and slope that’s complemented by a two-tone grey palm rest. It’s extremely thin too, measuring up to 1.36 inches at the height of its arc. Other notable features include a key switch life of 500,000 to 10 million presses, multimedia keys, 128-bit AES encryption, and more.