24 September 2012, Comments: 1

 September 2012         Ian Chiu

The importance of keywords is often overlooked. As a good quality keyboard can make you more productive and at the same time reduces the chance of repetitive strain injury. Over the years, Microsoft has been continuously refining its keyboards, from improving ergonomic layout that encourages good posture and adding ever more shortcut keys tailored for different Windows versions. Frankly, there is only so much you can do. Redmond, however, has yet another full-sized desktop keyboard for the upcoming Windows 8.

The latest Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, like its older sibling, is intended for mouse potatoes who spend most of their time working on a computer. You won’t find any bells and whistles like key illumination or water protection. Instead, the Sculpt Comfort focuses small details. You see, we (at least 90% of us, according to MS PR) use our right thumb to hit the spacebar. This keyboard has an interesting twist in that it has an enlarged split spacebar with its left-hand side mapped as the backspace button by default. This rather small change is said to keep our right hand’s wrist in a comfortable position as our left thumb instead of right pinky finger can now reach for the backspace.

Other notable features include a detachable padded palm rest; a gradual wave-shaped contour that features a 6-degree blend; and of course, a bunch of Windows 8 keys such as apps switch, charm bar, program bar and etc. Expect the Sculpt Comfort to hit retail shelves in October 2012 for $59.99.

  • Greatmax

    Split space bar with easy to reach backspace is a nice idea.