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The 5 Best Ergonomic Keyboards - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Ergonomic Keyboards

Typing all day on a keyboard can be uncomfortable. Conventional, straight keyboards require you to bend your wrists in a way that can be painful for some, especially for long periods. Thankfully, many manufacturers are experimenting in bold new directions with their keyboard designs, aiming for better ergonomics to create a more comfortable typing experience. These boards may look unusual and may take some time to get used to, but they may be just what you're looking for. While we can't speak to the long-term benefits of some of these ergonomic designs, we factor in a keyboard's size and profile, incline settings, wrist rest, and overall comfort level to help you choose an option that suits your needs.

We've tested over 165 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.

  1. Best Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

    The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is the best wireless ergonomic keyboard that we've tested. This full-sized model features a curved design that separates the keys down the middle into two clusters, one for each hand. While this layout could take some time to get used to, it's intended to keep your wrists a more natural distance apart to feel more comfortable overall.

    In addition to its unique design, it also has other ergonomic features, including feet that can tilt the board at a negative angle to reduce the strain on your wrists from constantly tilting them upwards. There's also an included wrist rest for added support. The board connects wirelessly using its USB receiver or Bluetooth, and with the latter option, you can pair it with up to three devices simultaneously, great if you're in a multi-device office setup. The keyboard uses scissor switches, which feel light to type on and are very quiet, meaning you won't disturb your colleagues.

    Unfortunately, it's a very large keyboard, and you can't detach the wrist rest to free up space, meaning it's not a good choice if you're tight on desk space. Also, it lacks backlighting, so if you tend to work in dark environments, it may be hard to see the keys. It's a very comfortable keyboard and an excellent choice if you're looking for an ergonomic keyboard for your office.

    See our review

  2. Best Wired Ergonomic Keyboard

    The best ergonomic wired keyboard we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. This TenKeyLess mechanical 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 lets you 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. If you prefer another feel, this keyboard is also available with Cherry MX linear Red, Speed Silver, or clicky Blue switches. It 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 can buy a 'Lift Kit' separately. The keyboard is also quite large, especially if you decide to split the two halves, meaning it may take quite a bit of space on your desk. It's a great option that's very versatile, whether you're using it at the office or for gaming.

    See our review

  3. Best Compact Mechanical Keyboard

    Most ergonomic keyboards are a full-size affair, which can take up a ton of valuable desk space. So, if you'd prefer something smaller but just as comfortable, we recommend the Dygma Raise. This compact mechanical board has a 60% form factor, so it stripped down the bare essential alphanumeric keys, which is great if you tend to write frequently and don't require arrow keys or a Numpad for spreadsheet navigation or data entry.

    You can separate it into two halves down the center or use it together as one unit, whichever layout feels more comfortable to you. The wrist rests attached to each half are plushy and comfy and provide good support for your wrists. Typing on this keyboard feels fantastic as its keys are well-spaced, and the PBT keycaps feel nice to the touch. Also, this keyboard is hot-swappable, meaning you can change out the stock switches for any that you prefer to further get your feeling just right.

    Unfortunately, the connection cables are a bit short, so if you want to position the two halves on the opposite side of your desk, you may need to invest in a longer cable. However, they are USB-C to USB-C, so they're easy to replace if you want. Also, while you can easily customize many of the physical aspects of the keyboard, the companion software isn't as straightforward to use. This keyboard offers an outstanding and comfortable typing experience while saving you space on your desk.

    See our review

  4. Best Customizable Ergonomic Keyboard

    If you're looking for a keyboard with a full suite of customization options, the ErgoDox EZ is the best customizable ergonomic keyboard that we've tested. When you purchase this keyboard directly through the manufacturer's website, there are a ton of different combinations and customization options you can choose from. You can pick your switches, color scheme, type of RGB lighting, or even if you want the tilt settings and wrist rest included.

    The variant we purchased is black with Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer excellent typing quality. Combined with the outstanding ergonomics, you shouldn't feel any fatigue during long typing sessions. Our unit has printed keycaps that all have the same shape, but you can get blank sculpted keycaps that each have a different shape to make typing a more comfortable experience. Our unit doesn't have RGB lighting either, but there are options with individually lit keys or RGB underglow.

    Unfortunately, programming the keyboard is fairly complicated as the dedicated software isn't straightforward. Also, the layout and unique design can take some getting used to, especially if you try out new angles or key layouts. Once you've configured the keyboard to your liking, it offers an enjoyable typing experience that's tailored right to your needs.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Ergonomic Keyboard

    Maybe you aren't sure if the design of an ergonomic keyboard works for you, and you don't want to pay the premium price to find out. In that case, you should check out the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard, our choice for the best budget ergonomic keyboard. It's a full-size unit that connects wirelessly with up to two devices at once, one Bluetooth connection and another using the USB receiver.

    Its ergonomic features are very similar to those found on higher-end ergonomic boards. It has a split design with a curve upwards in the middle, so each hand gets a distinct cluster of keys to operate. There are three feet on the bottom, and they allow you to tilt the board in a negative incline to alleviate strain on your wrists. Also, its attached wrist rest is quite plushy. The board uses rubber dome switches, providing a light typing experience, but the keys may feel mushy and wobbly.

    Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn't feel very well-built, which is normal, given its budget price point. The plastic body and ABS keycaps feel cheap, and the switch to toggle between connection types is inconveniently located on the bottom of the board. It also doesn't have any backlighting, so it's not well-suited for use in low-light environments. With that said, it's a solid choice if you're looking to try out an ergonomic keyboard but don't want to spend too much money.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Matias Ergo Pro: The Matias Ergo Pro is a great, fully split office keyboard with a wrist rest and incline settings. However, it doesn't come with customization software, so you can't reprogram any keys like you can with the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. See our review
  • Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard: The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is a great office option that feels exceptionally well-built. However, it lacks the incline settings and multi-pairing capabilities that the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard has. See our review
  • Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard: The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is a cheaper alternative to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard with a detached Numpad and macro-programmable function keys. However, it only has one incline setting and doesn't support Bluetooth. See our review
  • ZSA Moonlander: The ZSA Moonlander is a fully split mechanical keyboard like the ErgoDox EZ, and it offers similar customizations and ergonomics. The ZSA has moveable thumb clusters, but it has fewer keys, its macros have a five-character limit, and it typically costs a bit more. See our review
  • Kinesis Freestyle Pro: The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is cheaper than the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB because it doesn't have a wrist rest or incline settings which means it's not worth the price tradeoff. See our review
  • Logitech K350: The Logitech K350 is a basic, budget-friendly keyboard with fantastic ergonomics. However, typing feels much worse than the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard, and it doesn't have a split design. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 17, 2022: Moved the Dymga Raise from 'Compact Alternative' to 'Best Compact Ergonomic Keyboard'.

  2. Mar 18, 2022: Picks verified for accuracy and availability; no changes to picks.

  3. Jan 17, 2022: We've confirmed the availability of all picks and updated the text for accuracy; no changes in our recommendations.

  4. Nov 18, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the Logitech K350 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 21, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Kinesis Freestyle Pro to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.