Updated January 2019 for new rankings
2019 is upon us, and it’s a safe bet to say we’ll be spending more time than ever on our keyboards in the coming year. With the keyboard inching ever closer to to become another extremity of our body, having the best ergonomic keyboard is no longer a matter of desire, but necessity.
In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we review and handpick our choices for the best split ergonomic keyboards for Windows, Mac, and Android devices, which is considered the pinnacle of ergonomic keyboard design.
- 1. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Businesses– Best Conventional Split Keyboard
- 2. Kinesis Advantage2 Ergonomic Keyboard– Cutting Edge Ergonomic Keyboard for Heavy Typists like Programmers and Writers
- 3. Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard– Cushy Cushion, Wave Design Keyboard with 3-year Battery Life
- 4. Goldtouch GTU-0088 V2 Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard– Wide Degree of Angle Adjustment and Softer Keys
- 5. iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard– Great Portable Ergonomic Keyboard for Tablets and Smart Phones
- Why You Need an Ergonomic Keyboard
- Which Split Ergonomic Keyboard Should I Choose?
|Microsoft Sculpt||Wireless/ 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency||Best "Conventional" Split Ergonomic Keyboard for the Average User.||$$||Check Price|
|Kinesis Advantage2||Wired||Most Cutting Edge Ergonomic Keyboard for Heavy Typists like Programmers and Writers.||$$$$||Check Price|
|Logitech K350||Wireless/ 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency||Decent Ergonomic Keyboard with Excellent Battery Life.||$||Check Price|
|Goldtouch GTU-0088 V2||Wired||Wide Degree of Angle Adjustments for People that Need It.||$$||Check Price|
|iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard||Wireless/ Bluetooth||Great Portable Ergonomic Keyboard for Tablets and Smart Phones||$||Check Price|
1. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Businesses– Best Conventional Split Keyboard
Bottom line: The best “conventional” split ergonomic keyboard that offers most of the health benefits of more radical designs.
Typing on this keyboard is an absolute dream. I handed the keyboard over to a friend that’s coming from an old Logitech keyboard for 1 week, and long story short, he’s not giving it back.
What makes the MS Sculpt keyboard so comfortable to type on? It’s all in the negative tilt and inward angling keys, which automatically guides your hands into the most natural, downward “V” shape as they rest on the keyboard. It’a amazing how little changes in your posture can have on your body over time.
Speaking of rest, the large padded wrist pad of the Sculpt is another welcomed addition. The pad measures almost the entire width of the Sculpt keyboard, and cushions your wrists more than adequately as you type. It works particularly well, and probably even more so for people with existing wrist problems. A removable, magnetic (how cool is that) riser can also be attached to the keyboard that allows pushing wrists up even farther.
Micosoft spent years perfecting the Miscrosoft Sculpt’s design for ergonomics, and as mentioned, this is in our opinion the best version yet.
- Ultra comfortable with its reverse-tilt and inwards angling design
- Comfortable wrist pad and magnetic riser underneath keyboard
- Separate/detached numpad
- Windows and Mac friendly
- Wireless using a USB Dongle and 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
- Tiny function keys
- Requires some time to get used to
- A little expensive
2. Kinesis Advantage2 Ergonomic Keyboard– Cutting Edge Ergonomic Keyboard for Heavy Typists like Programmers and Writers
Bottom line: What may look like as a peripheral from another galaxy is a carpal tunnel keyboard that works great for heavy typists or people showing early signs of RSI and CTS.
The patented Contoured keyboard uses low-force mechanical switches that make typing absolutely effortless and precise. Each hand is separated and gets its separate area, allowing shoulders and wrists to stay in an unbent and a neutral position.
Advantage 2 uses mechanical Cherry Browns mechanical switches, which is something mechanical KB enthusiasts would appreciate. The smart placement of the keys means if you mistyped anything, you can undo that using your left thumb by hitting the backspace key, while your fingers stay in their original position.
The onboard remapping and macros lets power users create shortcuts and customized keyboard layouts that take efficiency to new heights.
If you’re a developer, blogger, freelancer writer, or in any profession where typing is your livelihood, it’s worth shelling out the extra bucks Kinesis Advantage2 commands. The long term health and productivity will more than pay for the keyboard many times over.
Watch a video review of this bad puppy:
- Separate keywells for each hand
- Minimizes risk of CTS and RSI, backed by years of research
- Less reaching around, multiple keys accessible by thumb
- Highly programmable
- Works on Windows, Mac and Linux
- Stands firmly, no unwanted movements
- Bulkier, limited portability
- Not wireless
- Steeper learning curve
- Function keys have a different feel to them
3. Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard– Cushy Cushion, Wave Design Keyboard with 3-year Battery Life
Bottom line: Easy to recommend if you are looking for a reasonably priced ergonomic keyboard that provides decent ergonomics and lasts for years without changing batteries.
Logitech is a brand well known for its innovative products and its K350 ergonomic keyboard is no exception. Its signature Comfort Wave Design comprises of a wavy-curvy design and a palm rest. The cushioned palm-rest is designed to comfortably rest your hands when you are not typing. The wave-shaped gradual contour supports the different lengths of our fingers and reduces the points of discomfort without slowing the user down.
Compared to more radically shaped split-type ergonomic keyboards, K350 takes the conservative approach, while still offering many of the benefits of such keyboards. Consistently-sized keys and a familiar shape means users don’t have to re-learn typing and can get started in no time.
The Logitech Unifying Receiver ensures effortless connectivity and supports connecting up to 6 supported Logitech devices simultaneously. This feature is especially useful for people who have notebooks with limited USB ports or already own other Logitech devices such as mice. The small plug-and-forget dongle supports most Logitech keyboards and mice and ensures strong wireless connectivity.
Instant Media Access Keys provide one-touch control over the most commonly used functions such as volume control and media playback. The programmable F keys can be customized using the Logitech software, which allows customizing the keys to open applications, shortcuts, folders and more. For Apple fans, however,The K350 is probably not the best ergonomic keyboard for Mac as the software does not support all of the customization options for the platform.
Logitech claims that the keyboard lasts for up to three years without changing batteries, which means you’ll eventually forget that it uses batteries. This is as good as it gets in the world of wireless keyboards.
- Comfort wave design
- Cushioned palm rest
- Consistently-sized keys, very little learning curve
- 3-year battery life
- Adjustable keyboard height (three-step)
- Instant Media Access buttons and programmable keys
- Conservative split pane design may not help users already developing RSI related issues.
- Limited customization options on Mac OS
4. Goldtouch GTU-0088 V2 Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard– Wide Degree of Angle Adjustment and Softer Keys
Bottom line: A great option if you prefer softer keys and want to have complete control over the angle of the two split panes.
Being able to make precise angle adjustments on your own makes the Goldtouch a superb ergonomic keyboard for people that just can’t find the desired level of extended comfort with premolded ergonomic keyboards.
The soft keys require lower activation force while still managing to provide full travel distance and enhance the typing experience. However, mechanical keyboard enthusiasts won’t find much to like about the response and tactile feedback of the keys. It also lacks a dedicated numpad so it’s not ideal for accountants and excel bosses.
The keyboard seamlessly works on both Mac and PC so users don’t have to worry about anything when switching between platforms. The compact design allows you to store the keyboard in limited spaces when not in use.
- 0-30 degree adjustability on both horizontal and vertical planes
- Soft keys require lesser activation force
- Full key travel distance
- Works seamlessly on both Windows and Mac
- Compacts design, saves space
- Makes reaching mice and other peripherals easier
- Stable in different configurations
- Lacks dedicated numpad
- Stepped right-shift key
- Some keys are placed differently than the standard layout (Home, down, page-up etc.)
5. iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard– Great Portable Ergonomic Keyboard for Tablets and Smart Phones
Bottom line: Great option for those looking for a portable wireless keyboard with near standard-sized keys for your portable devices
The fact is, when it comes to mobile devices such as your iPad or iPhone, attaching any external keyboard is a huge ergonomic win compared to using the default touch screen interface for an extend period.
iClever is highly portable, thanks to its foldable design that lets you carry it around with ease while protecting the keys inside from debris and impact. When unfolded, the keyboard expands to a hefty 10.3 inches by 3.5 inches. The slight “V” shape of the layout forces your hands to angle inwards for a more comfortable wrist position.
We love the near standard-sized keys that feature a sloped “U” shape design for great grip and tactile feedback.
The integrated Boradcom Bluetooth chip offers fast connectivity, improved response time and lower power consumption. Bluetooth connectivity is widely present on most portable devices these days, making the iClever keyboard a great companion for all of your mobile devices big and small.
iClever comes with a rechargeable battery that is rated to last for 40 days in standby mode and can survive nearly 40-hours of continuous use. This roughly translates into a full week of battery juice,
- Highly portable, foldable design
- V shape layout and U-shaped keys creates more comfortable typing experience
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Near Standard-sized keys
- Decent battery life, rechargeable batteries
- iOS, Windows, and Android compatibility
- Scratch resistant, housed with soft PU case
- No built-in phone/tablet stand
- Main focus is on portability and compatibility than ergonomics
Why You Need an Ergonomic Keyboard
The first keyboard came out in the early 70s, with conventional keyboards still based largely on this antiqued design and layout. Back then the notion of ergonomics and productivity with regards to input devices were pretty much non existent. It’s almost impossible to type on standard keyboards without experiencing some degree of discomfort over time. Consider the skyrocketing cases of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. in today’s population as direct evidence of this.
Modern day science and research have settled on the split pane design as the most optimal configuration for typing with a keyboard. This design puts your hands and wrists in a natural, injury free posture while you type for hours on end. These expertly designed keyboards can also significantly boost your productivity, with programmable and well placed keys that help you type faster.
Which Split Ergonomic Keyboard Should I Choose?
Logitech K350 is a great option for people who want a plug-and-forget wireless ergonomic keyboard that offers a typing experience most of us are already familiar with.
The Goldtouch V2 with its wide degree of angle adjustments will appeal to users with ultra wide or narrow shoulders who need a more customized keyboard design.
And last but certainly not least, if you spend any prolonged periods of time inputting text on your portable devices such as a iPad or Android device, we highly recommend the iClever keyboard.