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The 3 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, overall comfort level, and price to help you choose an option that best suits your needs.

We've tested over 175 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 Ergonomic Keyboard

    The best ergonomic keyboard we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. This full-size mechanical unit has a suite of ergonomic features to keep you comfortable throughout the day. As it's a fully-split keyboard, you can place the two halves away from each other to keep your shoulders and elbows a more natural distance apart. Since the two halves connect with a cable, you have about 20-inches of tolerance to play with. Although mechanical keyboards tend to have a less ergonomic, high profile, the attached wrist rests do a good job of propping your wrists up high enough so you can easily reach the tops of the keycaps without strain. Plus, the Cherry MX Brown switches in our unit are light to press, so you're less prone to finger fatigue. You can also get this keyboard with clicky Blue or linear Red switches, both of which are fairly light to type on and offer a slightly different typing experience.

    However, this keyboard takes up a lot of space on desks due to the extra macro and navigation keys, so if you're looking for something smaller and don't mind losing those keys, the Dygma Raise is another great option. This little guy is also a fully-split, mechanical unit with an extremely comfortable wrist rest. You can use the two halves separately or put them together to make one compact keyboard that offers an excellent typing experience and incredible comfort.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Ergonomic Keyboard

    If mechanical isn't your style, you can cut some of the costs off your purchase by opting for a scissor-switch unit. In this case, we recommend the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard. Thanks to its scissor switches, this keyboard is among the quietest that we've tested, making it a solid option for an open office or a noise-sensitive work environment. It has a wave-like shape that descends into two clusters of keys, one for each hand. Rather than two feet beneath the top of the board, the feet are actually on the side closest to you, so when you pop them out, your keyboard rests at a negative incline angle, which is intended to reduce strain in your elbows and forearms. Plus, with the soft, comfy wrist rest, your palms are well-supported as you flit over the keys during your daily tasks.

    However, the Microsoft keyboard only connects with one device at once using Bluetooth. So, if you're in a multi-device setup with a laptop or a tablet alongside your PC, you'll probably want something with a bit more versatility. In this case, we recommend the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. This unit has pretty much all of the same ergonomic features as the Microsoft board, but it comes with a USB receiver and supports multi-device Bluetooth pairing. It's also a bit cheaper, but the build quality takes a hit, as this keyboard is fully plastic, while the Microsoft has a solid metal top plate.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Ergonomic Keyboard

    If you're on a budget but still want a bit more comfort in your setup, the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard is a good option. Like previous models on this list, this keyboard also has a wave-like, split design with two distinct clusters of keys. It also has a plushy wrist rest to support your palms while you type, though as this is a budget board, the wrist rest is made of a light-density foam, so it's not as comfortable as higher-end wrist rests.

    On that note, this is an all-plastic keyboard that feels a bit flimsy, but that's normal, considering its price. The plastic does have a benefit, though, as it reduces the overall typing noise, so you won't have to worry about disrupting anyone else around you during use. Plus, with the rubber dome switches, the typing feels pretty light, and you won't be prone to finger fatigue, even if you're typing up a storm.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ErgoDox EZ: The ErgoDox EZ is a fully-split ergonomic keyboard with a nearly infinite range of incline angles. It's also a mechanical unit with a hot-swappable printed circuit board, meaning you can change the stock switches without having to solder. However, its overall design might be a bit daunting and take a while to get used to, as opposed to simpler split keyboards like the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. See our review
  • ZSA Moonlander: The ZSA Moonlander is a fully split keyboard with a staggered columnar layout, meaning its keys are physically laid out differently to reduce the travel time between keypresses. Due to this unique layout, it takes quite a bit of practice to type on it, so it's good if you're looking for a challenge, but if you're looking for a simple upgrade, the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB is a better option. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 31, 2022: Overhauled picks and categories to better align with the current market of available products.

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

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

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

  5. Nov 18, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the Logitech K350 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.