Typing all day on a keyboard can be uncomfortable for some. Straight boards might force your wrists to bend in a way that can be painful after hours of typing. That's why you might see some unconventional-looking keyboards. These keyboards aim for better ergonomics to create a more comfortable typing experience. We don't test for the long-term benefits of ergonomic designs and the medical impact of a more natural typing posture, but we tested some of these designs.
We've tested over 130 keyboards, and below are our top picks for the best ergonomic keyboards. If you 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 wireless keyboard that we've tested is the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. This full-sized model has remarkable ergonomics, with a fixed wrist rest, two incline settings that create negative angles, and a curved design with a split key layout. You can use it wired or wirelessly and pair it with up to three different devices at the same time.
It uses standard tactile scissor switches that require quite a bit of force to actuate, but they remain fairly responsive overall. They provide a great typing experience and are very quiet, so it shouldn't bother those around you even in a noise-sensitive environment. It's compatible with the Logitech Options software, which allows you to customize some keys with a list of preset commands, whether you're using Windows or macOS.
Unfortunately, it's rather large, especially considering that the wrist rest is non-detachable, so it may take a lot of space on your desk. Its curved design may also feel a bit odd at first for some people, and it doesn't have any backlighting, making it harder to use it in dark environments. That said, this is still a great option for the office, and it's one of the best wireless keyboards that we've tested.
The best ergonomic wired keyboard we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. This TenKeyLess model feels sturdy and solid, with no sign of flex. It has excellent ergonomics with two detachable wrist rests and a fully split design that allows you to position each half the way you want. Thanks to that, typing on it doesn't get too tiring, even if you're using it for long periods.
Our unit uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which feel light to type on and give good tactile feedback without being too noisy. That said, if you prefer another feel, this keyboard is also available with Cherry MX linear Red, clicky Blue, or linear Speed Silver switches. The Kinesis comes with the RGB SmartSet software, which gives you plenty of customization options like programming macros or customizing the full RGB backlighting.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any adjustable incline settings, though you could buy a 'Lift Kit' separately if you want. The keyboard is also quite large, especially if you decide to split the two halves, so it may take quite a bit of space on your desk. That said, this is a great option that's very versatile, whether you're using it at the office or for gaming. It's also one of the best mechanical keyboards we've tested.
If you prefer a more compact size, the Dygma Raise is a fantastic alternative. While it doesn't have dedicated macro keys like the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB and it doesn't have indicators for CapsLock or Scroll Lock, it provides much more space on your desk, which is great for gaming. It feels incredibly well-built, with an anodized aluminum top plate and PBT keycaps. You can remove its cables and replace them with longer ones if you want to have more freedom to place the halves where you want. While it may take time to get used to the split layout and 8-piece spacebar, it should feel very comfortable.
If you want a fully split keyboard with dedicated macro keys, go with the Kinesis. On the other hand, if you want a more compact split alternative, get the Dygma.
The best customizable ergonomic keyboard we've tested is the ErgoDox EZ. This mechanical, wired board has a fully split design, letting you place the two halves at a distance that feels most comfortable to you. Each half has three rotating feet, so you can set them to almost any angle.
The board has a columnar-staggered key layout, which is designed to reduce finger travel and fatigue. You can set macros to any key you want, and you can have up to 32 layers of keybinds. Our unit came with Cherry MX Brown switches that feel light and responsive, and they provide tactile feedback whenever a key is registered. If you prefer a different feel, it's available in a variety of Cherry MX and Kailh switches.
Unfortunately, the unit we tested doesn't have RGB backlighting, but some variants do. Since its layout is very different from standard boards, it may take some time to get used to, but it should feel very comfortable once you do. All in all, this is an extremely customizable option if you're looking for an ergonomic board for your office setup.
The best ergonomic keyboard we've tested in the budget category is the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard. This full-sized model features a curved board with a fixed wrist rest and three feet that create a negative angle. Though we don't test for it, this design should result in a more natural typing position and reduce stress on your wrist. It connects via Bluetooth or with its USB receiver, and you can pair it with up to two devices at once.
It uses tactile rubber dome switches that are fairly light to type on and feel quite responsive. The overall typing quality is decent, and you shouldn't feel too much fatigue from using it. It's also very quiet and shouldn't bother people around you, even in a noise-sensitive environment. It's fully compatible with Windows, and while some keys don't work on other operating systems, all the alphanumerical ones work on macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Unfortunately, the build quality is only decent as the board feels rather cheap and has a lot of flex to it. It also lacks backlighting, making it harder to use it in the dark, and there isn't any software support to help you customize it to your liking. Nevertheless, this is still an impressive office keyboard if you're on a budget, and it should feel very comfortable once you get used to the split-key layout.
Jul 23, 2021: Added the ZSA Moonlander to Notable Mentions.
May 25, 2021: Verified that picks were still available and updated text for more clarity.
Mar 26, 2021: Updated text for clarity and accuracy; no change in recommendations.
Jan 26, 2021: Made ErgoDox EZ the 'Best Customizable Ergonomic Keyboard'. Moved Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard to Notable Mentions.
Nov 27, 2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.