Input devices, such as keyboard, mouse and touchpad are very important in terms of computer ergonomics. I recommend choosing the ergonomic input devices very carefully. These are the main tools with which we physically interact while working at the computer. And the overall comfort of work depends on the comfort of this interaction. Input devices should not only be ergonomic, but also functional and aesthetic. I created a list of the best ergonomic keyboards for Mac in 2021. Let's have a look.
Ergonomic keyboards that have a division of the keys into two blocks - for each hand, are very comfortable. These blocks should be rotated. The position of the hands on such blocks is more natural, which significantly reduces the pain in the wrists.
The next important thing is the presence of a wrist rest pad. Pay attention to the pad material - it should be pleasant to the touch. The height of the buttons is also important. The smaller the height is, the less effort it takes to press. And also pay attention to the keystroke softness. And one more important parameter is the presence of a wireless interface. This is especially important if you like working in different positions. Get rid of cluttering wires!
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In fact, there are not so many of good ergonomic keyboards models suitable the above criteria. Here is my top-4:
1st place: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic
The model is almost identical to Microsoft Surface Ergonomic, but more compact due to the separate number pad. In fact, this pad is not so often used. Most often it is used if you need to enter a lot of numbers in applications such as a calculator or Excel. I think that it's a big plus. People who enter many numbers will be able to choose the right place for it on the table. Others can refuse it altogether. I personally barely use it. But the benefits of a compact keyboard is undoubtedly greater. The keyboard is designed primarily for working with Windows, but also works fine with the Mac.
2nd place: Microsoft Surface Ergonomic
Excellent wireless keyboard with a small height of keys and a convenient wrists rest pad. It does not differ much from the model that took first place, but lost to it due to a slightly larger size and due to the number pad presence.
3rd place: Kinesis Gaming Freestyle
Comfortable ergonomic keyboard divided into two blocks for those users who love mechanical keyboards. Many users prefer this particular model. It has reliable buttons mechanisms. Of the shortcomings, I would note the high price and unusual location of the keys. It takes time to get used to such a layout.
4th place: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
That is a classic ergonomic keyboard by Microsoft. Still actual these days. Very comfortable keyboard with a soft pleasant wrist pad, good ergonomics and multimedia buttons, but there are a few not very pleasant moments:
- It's big and heavy.
- Not wireless.
- A large height of the keys, some keys are really large. Pressing is not very soft.