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 85 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 wired, TenKeyLess mechanical keyboard is an outstanding choice for gamers. It's made entirely of plastic that exhibits a small amount of flex but doesn't feel cheap. The keyboard has two incline settings that create a negative angle, which should allow for a more natural typing position, and the fixed wrist rests are plushy and comfortable.
It features typical scissor switches that have a noticeable bump and need a lot of force to actuate. These switches are very quiet and won't bother those in an office environment. Also, there's full RGB backlighting while the keyboard itself is fully compatible with Windows and Linux. It has dedicated media hotkeys, which also double as function keys, and while there are a few programmable keys, they're limited to preset options.
Unfortunately, while typing feels great overall, the keyboard's split design may feel odd at first and cause unintended typos until you get accustomed to it. Not only that, but it runs on disposal batteries and doesn't have any backlighting as a result. Also, you can't customize the RGB backlight or set macros with the Logitech Options companion software, and there's no onboard memory to save your settings. That being said, this 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%) keyboard 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 this keyboard with Cherry MX Linear Red, Clicky Blue, or Linear Speed Silver switches. Typing quality is great overall, while the split design and plushy wrist rests 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,' which is sold separately. If you want a keyboard 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 keyboard with great ergonomics, then the Freestyle Edge RGB is one of the best keyboards we've tested.
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 ergonomic keyboard in the budget category that we've tested is the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard. This keyboard has a decent build quality for its price and can be compared to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard's design. It has a built-in wrist rest, and the three feet create a negative angle, which along with the split design, can allow for a more natural typing position, although the unique design may take some time to get used to.
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 wobble slightly. 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 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.
09/29/2020: Moved ErgoDox EZ to notable mentions and moved Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB to Best Wired Ergonomic Keyboard, updated text for clarity.
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.