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 weirdly designed 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 100 keyboards, and below are our top picks for the best ergonomic keyboards. 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 wireless capabilities that we've tested is the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. This wireless, well-built model is made entirely of plastic that exhibits a small amount of flex but doesn't feel cheap. It has two incline settings that create a negative angle, which should provide a more natural typing position, and the fixed wrist rest is plushy and comfortable.
It features typical scissor switches that have a noticeable bump that needs some force to get over, but otherwise, it feels light to actuate. These switches are very quiet and shouldn't bother people around you in an office environment. You can pair it with three devices at once via Bluetooth or its USB receiver and easily switch between them with the press of a button. It has media hotkeys for easy playback and volume control, and while there are a few programmable keys, they're limited to preset options, and you can't set macros.
Unfortunately, while typing feels great overall, its split design may feel odd at first and cause you to type slower until you get used to it. Not only that, but it doesn't have any backlighting, which may not be ideal in a dark environment. That said, this is still a great option for the office, and it's one of the best wireless keyboards that we've tested.
If you're shopping on a budget or you want to try a less expensive option before fully committing to an ergonomic keyboard, then check out the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. It has the same concept as the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard with its split design and reverse incline; however, it only has one incline setting, and the numeric pad is a separate piece that you can place wherever you like. There's no backlighting since it also runs on disposable batteries, and it doesn't have a multi-device pairing feature. The typing experience is very similar to the Logitech, but the keys feel mushier. You can only set macros to the function keys through the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software, and profiles are saved per application.
Overall, the Logitech is a better keyboard, as it provides a better typing experience and has more features. However, if your budget is tight, the Microsoft is a great alternative and an inexpensive entry point for those who want to try out its unique design.
The best wired ergonomic keyboard we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. This mechanical TenKeyLess (80%) model is an outstanding choice for gamers. It has a sturdy build that doesn't show any signs of flex, and the stable keycaps are an improvement over the Kinesis Freestyle Pro. You can control the RGB backlighting's brightness directly on the board, and there are multiple preset configurations.
The model we tested uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer a small amount of tactile feedback over a small bump. If you don't like the feeling of Brown switches, you can also get it with Cherry MX Linear Red, Clicky Blue, or Linear Speed Silver switches. Typing quality is great overall, while the split design and plushy wrist rest allow for a very comfortable typing experience. It's also compatible with RGB SmartSet, which allows you to program macros and customize the RGB backlighting.
Unfortunately, due to the unconventional split design, typing may feel awkward at first. Also, there are no incline settings, but you can buy a 'Lift Kit' separately if you want to incline settings. If you want something with even better ergonomics, consider the ErgoDox EZ, but bear in mind it's more expensive and can only be purchased from the ErgoDox website. Overall, if you want a wired model with great ergonomics, then this is a great option as it's one of the best keyboards we've tested.
If you want a compact, ergonomic wired keyboard that is great for FPS gaming, consider the Dygma Raise. Although it doesn't have dedicated macro keys and its customization software isn't as good as the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB, all of its keys work on macOS, and its more compact size gives you more room to move your mouse. It has individually-lit RGB backlighting along with underglow LED strips, and sadly the brightness can't be adjusted directly on the board. You can easily swap out the switches for a different type, but the Cherry MX Brown on our unit feel light and shouldn't cause much fatigue. Unfortunately, there's no incline setting, and the wrist rest is fixed, but nonetheless, its ergonomics are still outstanding.
If you want an ergonomic model with dedicated macro keys, get the Kinesis, but if you want a compact, ergonomic keyboard that works with macOS, go with the Dygma.
The best ergonomic keyboard in the budget category we've tested is the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard. This is a full-sized wireless model with a split-key layout and fixed wrist rest. It has outstanding ergonomics thanks to its negative-incline design that place your wrists in a more natural position. This should help reduce wrist strains, but we don't test this. Although the layout may take a bit of time to get used to, you shouldn't feel much fatigue while typing during work.
It's very versatile thanks to its wireless connectivity options, and you can pair to two devices at once via Bluetooth and its proprietary receiver. It has media hotkeys, a dedicated calculator button, and a Windows Key lock. The rubber dome switches on our unit feel fairly light to type on, but it requires a decent amount of force to get over the tactile bump. The short travel distance contributes to the light feel, but it can also lead to more typos.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have backlighting, so you may struggle to see the keys when in a dark environment or at night. Also, there's no software support, so you can't customize or set macros to any of the keys. Nonetheless, this is a great option for office use, and it's the best ergonomic keyboard to try if you don't want to spend too much money.
11/27/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
09/29/2020: Moved ErgoDox EZ to notable mentions and moved Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB to Best Wired Ergonomic Keyboard, updated text for clarity.
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.