Typing all day on a keyboard can be uncomfortable for some. Straight boards might force a wrist-bend that can be painful after hours of typing. That's why you might see weirdly designed keyboards. These keyboards aim for better ergonomics to create a more comfortable typing experience. We don't test for long-term benefits of ergonomic designs and the medical impact of a more natural typing posture, but we reviewed some of these designs.
We've reviewed over 60 keyboards, and below are our top picks for the best ergonomic keyboards so far. If you'd prefer a more typical straight design, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best mechanical keyboards.
The best ergonomic keyboard with a wireless connection we've reviewed so far is the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. This is an excellent office keyboard that has outstanding wireless versatility and provides an exceptionally comfortable typing experience. It comes with a built-in wrist rest that's covered with a nice, premium-feeling fabric, and it has two reverse incline settings that prevent your wrists from bending downwards when typing. Unfortunately, it operates on two AAA batteries, so there's no backlighting.
This keyboard can connect wirelessly through its unifying USB receiver or Bluetooth, and it lets you pair up to three devices at the same time, making it a great choice for multitaskers. Media controls are shared with the function keys, but you do get some convenient shortcuts for utilities such as the calculator and a quick Windows lock function in case you need to quickly step away from your desk at work. There are a few keys that are programmable through Logitech's Options software; however, it's limited to a set of presets and you can't set any macros.
Typing on this keyboard feels great. The split keyboard design is designed to help reduce pronation of the forearm, putting less pressure on your wrists, and the scissor switches provide a good amount of feedback, although they do require a bit of force to actuate. This keyboard can be used with virtually any device that's Bluetooth-capable, and other than a few OS-specific keys, most keys function properly on all desktop and mobile operating systems. Overall, if you spend your days typing away, this is a great keyboard that can help improve your workflow and potentially reduce the risks of repetitive stress injuries.
If you're shopping on a smaller budget, then check out the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. It has a split keyboard design that's very similar to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard; however, the NumPad comes as a separate piece that you can place wherever you like. Sadly, it can only connect through a wireless USB receiver, so there's no multi-device pairing feature. There's no backlighting since it operates on disposable batteries, and it's only fully compatible with Windows, although most keys function on macOS and Linux. The typing experience feels a lot like the Logitech with its low-travel scissor switches, but some people may find it a bit mushy. It doesn't cause any fatigue over time and typing noise is very minimal, making it suitable for quiet offices.
If you can stretch your budget a bit, the Logitech is a better keyboard, especially if you need its multi-device pairing feature; if it's too expensive, then go with the Microsoft.
The best wired ergonomic keyboard we've tested so far is the ErgoDox EZ. It has an extremely unique design that comes with a ton of blank keycaps, so you can customize it to your liking. It's a truly split keyboard and each half has three legs that you can adjust independently of each other, allowing you to place each side however you like.
This is one of the most customizable keyboards we've seen so far. It doesn't have typical dedicated software, but rather you need to use an online configurator to set your keybindings, download a .hex file, and import into the keyboard. You can create up to 32 different layers in a single profile, and you can set two different inputs for each key whether you're pressing on a single tap or holding it down. It's available in a wide variety of switches, but the Cherry MX Brown switches we tested provide an excellent typing experience, but the design may take some time getting used to.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any RGB lighting, so it's not ideal for use in dark environments, but luckily, it has amazing build quality, so you shouldn't have any issues with wear and tear. Currently, the keyboard is only sold on ErgoDox's website. Overall, this is the best ergonomic keyboard if you're looking for a wired one.
If you prefer an ergonomic wired keyboard for gaming, check out the Dygma Raise. It currently doesn't have macro programmable keys like the ErgoDox EZ, but it's also a truly split keyboard that you can place the two halves together if that's what you prefer. It has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys and there are LED strips underneath the board to give it an underglow. It's also available in a wide variety of Cherry MX and Kailh switches, and the unit we tested has Cherry MX Brown switches, which provide an outstanding typing quality. Like the ErgoDox, it's only sold on Dygma's website. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any incline settings, but it comes with a nice wrist rest and has a fairly low profile.
If you want the best wired ergonomic keyboard, check out the ErgoDox, but if you want a gaming keyboard, the Dygma is a great choice too.
The best budget ergonomic keyboard that we've tested so far is the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard. This is a keyboard with a decent build quality for its price and it has a similar design to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless, with a built-in wrist rest and reverse incline settings. The split key layout can help to promote a more natural typing position, although it may take some time to get used to it.
It operates on disposable batteries, which may be the reason for the lack of backlighting, and it can connect to two devices at the same time; one via its wireless USB receiver and the other through Bluetooth, which is great for multitasking. Typing on this keyboard is pretty decent, but its rubber dome switches feel a bit mushy and the keys wobble slightly. The keys have a very short travel distance, making the keyboard feel more responsive, although it can also lead to more typos. It is, however, very comfortable to type on and it shouldn't cause any fatigue over time.
Unfortunately, there aren't any programmable keys or software support, but it has excellent compatibility with most operating systems, as it can be used with virtually any device that's Bluetooth-capable. However, typing noise is very quiet, so you shouldn't have any issues using this keyboard in a quiet office environment. All in all, if you want to try out an ergonomic keyboard without spending too much, go with this one.
06/02/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity; updated notable mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best ergonomic keyboards for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no keyboard is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.