As fans of Microsoft's Natural line of ergonomic keyboards since the early 1990's, we always pay attention when Redmond releases a new model. This time, however, MS has not released just one but two models, and even packaged them together into one set.
Internally, Microsoft nicknamed the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard the manta ray because of its eye-catching design. When viewed from above, this keyboard
is reminiscent to a black plastic manta ray, albeit one with a large gap in the center. The reason for this unique shape is just as with previous Natural keyboards, this one has also been split down the center and curved in and upwards
in a reverse tilt to be more ergonomic.
This wireless 2.4Ghz keyboard comes with all the usual features including multimedia keys, padded palm rest and quick access hotkey for Windows 8 charms. Also, what makes it unique compared to previous models is Microsoft has separated the number pad from the main unit. This way both can be positioned perfectly when needed and then moved out of the way when not needed.
The Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse is much like previous ergonomic mice as it best resembles a large black plastic egg with a large integrated thumb rest. Though, we have yet to see an egg laid that supports wireless USB connectivity, 4-way scrolling and that also comes with a built-in Windows 8 home button. Like all others in the Sculpt line, the mouse
is rather oversized for its class but it too has been designed to promote healthy computing and reduce fatigue from long term use.
Expect this combination package
to hit retail shelves soon for an MSRP of $129.99 or about twenty dollars less than each would cost when purchased separately.