The first two Microsoft product reviews on TechPowerUp came from the Xbox division in the form of the Elite Series 2 controller and latest Xbox wireless controller. Both were clearly of interest to our readers, but I have to say I was looking forward to this one more. The original Microsoft Natural Ergonomic keyboard still plays a few tunes in my heart, having more fond memories of it than any other keyboard before I started reviewing them. I never had a chance to try out the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard, or even the newer Surface Ergonomic keyboard, but I need more than the fingers on my hands to count the number of ergonomic keyboards I have tested over the years. How does Microsoft's current-generation ergonomic keyboard hold up? Thanks to Microsoft for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp to help answer that question!
In hindsight, I should have clarified that I was supposed to get the Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard by itself, but was then sent the new Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop by the PR rep, which also includes the ergonomic mouse. This set is clearly a popular retail offering, but for the sake of this review, we will focus on the keyboard more and treat the mouse as an accessory. The photograph above also nicely showcases the use case of them as a set, including for the positioning of the hands when typing. We will go over all this and more in this review which begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key form factor in a modified US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps|
|Weight:||1.02 kg/2.25 lbs. (incl. front tilt leg)|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, attached|
|Anti-ghosting:||6-key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated volume control and media playback|
|Dimensions:||262 (L) x 488 (W) x 61 (H) mm (incl. front tilt leg)|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Membrane switches|