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 65 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 tested so far is the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. It's a full-size keyboard with a split layout, and it comes with a built-in wrist rest that feels premium and comfortable. It has two reverse incline settings to help prevent the wrists from collapsing downwards, and it has a subtle dome shape to keep the wrists from pronating too much. It's a position that takes a while to get used to, so you can expect a slower typing speed at first, and likely more typos. Unfortunately, there's no backlighting, although it's somewhat expected since it runs on disposable batteries.
This keyboard uses low-profile scissor switches with chiclet-style keys. The typing experience is great once you're accustomed to the layout; however, it does require a fair amount of force to get over the tactile bump. The split design does force you to type in a fixed position, which some people may not like. It produces very little typing noise, so you shouldn't have any issues using this keyboard in a quiet office setting. There's a multi-device pairing feature that allows you to pair up to three devices at the same time, either via its unifying USB receiver or through Bluetooth. This lets you switch between the paired devices without having to go through the pairing process each time, which is a handy feature for multitaskers.
Although this keyboard can be used with any device that supports Bluetooth, it's only fully compatible with Windows, as some keys don't work properly on macOS, Linux, and mobile operating systems. There are a few keys that are programmable and there's software support to do so, but you can only choose from a limited list of preset functions. Logitech's Options software lets you save profiles per application, and there's a cloud sync option. All in all, this is a well-designed ergonomic keyboard that most people should be happy with.
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 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.
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 Split Keyboard, 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. Typing on this keyboard is pretty decent, but its rubber dome switches feel a bit mushy and the keys slightly wobble. The keys have a very short travel distance, making the keyboard feel more responsive, although it can also lead to more typos. It's 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.
07/31/2020: 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.