5 Best Ergonomic Keyboards for Writers

When it comes to sitting down and grinding out huge expanses of words, you need to be prepared.

And I do mean prepared.

Get your snacks ready. Ensure that coffee or tea pot is full. Do some stretches–seriously guys, this is crucial in preventing some of those late night charlie horses. And whip out the most comfortable keyboard you’ve got.

That’s right. Break out the good keyboard. You know that one with those sexy angles and a key gap that would make Michael Strahan blush. We’re talking abut the Ergonomic Keyboard. Specifically designed to help alleviate muscle pain and cramping during extended use, you haven’t really typed until you’ve gotten on one of these babies.

But which one is right for you?

Let’s go over the top 5 best ergonomic keyboards for writers!

The Best Ergonomic Keyboards for Writers

  1. Microsoft Sculpt
  2. Koolertron with Cherry MX Brown Switches
  3. Kinesis Freestyle 2 for Mac
  4. Fellowes Microban
  5. Logitech K350

1. Microsoft Sculpt (Best Overall)

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business (5KV-00001 )
  • Split Keyset Design Helps To Position Wrists And Forearms In A Natural, Relaxed Position
  • Cushioned Palm Rest Provides Support And Promotes A Neutral Wrist Position
  • Domed Keyboard Design Positions Wrists At A Natural, Relaxed Angle
  • Separate number pad provides greater flexibility for workspace setup
  • Natural Arc key layout mimics the curved shape of the finger tips

Honestly, this is the gold standard when it comes to ergonomic keyboards for writers. It’s split design does wonders for a more natural placement for your hands to prevent undue stress and strain. And the domed part in the middle? That’s not a manufacturing default, but a way for wrists and hands to effortlessly float to keep your wrists in a natural position all day long. Heck, even the keys maintain a curved profile in order to maximize the comfort for your fingertips. Top this all off with its padded wrist rest, and you can’t ask for much more when it comes to ergonomic keyboards. The Microsoft Sculpt makes for a wonderful gift for yourself or any other long stretch writer.

2. Koolertron w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches (Best Mechanical Ergonomic Keyboard)

Koolertron Programmable Split Mechanical Keyboard,All 89 Keys Programmable Ergonomic Keypad with Cherry MX Brown Switch, 8 Macro Keys - [SMKD62](Cherry MX Brown Switch (White Backlit))
  • 【89 Programmable Keys & 8 Macro Keys Based Hardware】Program all 89 keys or create 8 complex macros with the configuration software to take full command of your computer. A macro key can output 31 characters. Perfect not only for gamers, but also for so many other types of users including designers and video editors
  • 【Built-in MCU】After keyboard keys be set up, it will be automatically stored in keyboard's MCU, and no need reset the keyboard even replace the computer
  • 【Support 9 Kinds Key Program Types】 Normal/3-Layer/Mouse/Hotkey/Burst/Round-Robin/Continue/Jitter/Special Functions/Disable key types, different key type with different function
  • 【Cherry MX Brown Switches】Cherry MX Brown switches with trigger travel of 2±0.6mm, keystroke force of 45±20cN, plus full anti-ghosting ensures great feel and accuracy.
  • 【Personalized Split Design】Split adjustable design allows the 2 keypads adjust to your body

If you’re like me, then you probably prefer a mechanical keyboard. I just love the feel of the key press, the resistance provided, and that little clicky-clacky when pushed. To me, it’s a real writer’s style keyboard. And thankfully there’s a solid option when it comes to choosing a mechanical ergonomic keyboard. Enter the Koolertron–it even sounds cool. The Koolertron is essentially a keyboard cut in half and connected via link cable. However, this allows for you to place the keyboards at the proper interval for your hands. Now, this version comes with the Cherry MX Browns. I like these as a great middle of the road mechanical switch. But this keyboard can come with heavier black switches or the Cherry MX Reds for those with a more delicate touch. Check out my best keyboards for writers article to get the scoop on mechanical vs membrane keyboards.

3. Kinesis Freestyle2 for Mac (Best for Mac)

Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard for Mac (9" Standard Separation)
  • AWARD-WINNING SPLIT DESIGN: Unlike fixed ergonomic keyboards, the Freestyle2 Blue allows you to rotate and separate the key modules up to 9" to achieve natural hand, wrist and forearm positions for your specific body type and preferences.
  • CONVENIENT BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTION: Multichannel Bluetooth technology allows you to pair the keyboard with up to 3 Bluetooth-enabled devices like Macbook, iMac, iPhone and iPad and switch between them instantly. Rechargeable Lithium polymer battery with up to 6 months between charges. 30 foot range. "
  • STANDARD MAC LAYOUT: The Freestyle2 for Mac features a standard Mac layout with Mac-specific hotkeys, shortcuts and multimedia keys to boost your productivity. Mac OS X 10.4+ & iOS. No software or special drivers required.
  • LOW-FORCE KEY SWITCHES: The Freestyle2 Blue uses a custom membrane key switch that features a low-activation force and tactile feedback to reduce finger fatigue, impact and strain.
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Freestyle2 Blue for Mac wireless Bluetooth keyboard with a standard Mac Layout with 9" linking cable, detachable pivot tether for adjustable splay, USB charging cable (6ft), and Quick Start Guide. Compatible with macOS & iOS.

Although I’m a PC girl through and through, we gotta cover the best option for Mac. It’s actually kind of disheartening when you realize there’s just not as many options available for the Mac platform. But this particular keyboard more than makes up for the lack of options. The Kinesis comes with a 9″ degree of separation between the two keyboards allowing you to position them just where you need them. Not only that, but it also comes in  standard Mac key layout. There are some keyboards out there that can do both Mac and PC. But they tend to fall behind on the Mac side. This one is dedicated strictly to Mac. Oh! Did I forget to mention it’s also Bluetooth compatible with all your Mac, Apple, and iOS devices? If you’re a Mac user, this is definitely something you should take a look into.

4. Fellowes Microban (Best for a Budget)

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Fellowes Microban Split Design Wired Keyboard, Dark Gray - FEL9891503
  • Microban antimicrobial protection keeps product cleaner
  • Conforms to natural arm and hand positions for added comfort
  • 16-character buffer for fast typists. Material Type:HPS
  • 7 additional hot keys for multimedia control and one touch Internet access (internet must be connected)
  • USB connectivity, no software required for Windows Vista and Windows 7, For Windows 98SE, 2000 and ME, download function software from Fellowes.com

There’s one thing that these ergonomic keyboards for writers have in common that kinda sucks. They can get pricey. Sure, you get what you pay for, but isn’t there something out there for us common folk? Yes there is. The Fellowes Microban is a no-frills plug-and-play keyboard for the PC. It’s ergonomically curved–although just one piece sans gap–so your hands and wrists can minimize the dreaded carpal tunnel. It also comes with a 16 key buffer making it ideal for fast typists. And the anti-microbial coating doesn’t hurt either. This keyboard is not only great for those on a budget, but if you’re looking for a cheap reliable keyboard for the office… This is it.

5. Logitech K350 (Best Wireless Option)

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Logitech K350 Wireless Wave Keyboard with Unifying Wireless Technology
  • Wave design with Constant Curve layout: Curved layout guides hands into just the right position
  • Ease and comfort: Cushioned palm rest makes work easier and fun more fun
  • Longer battery time: This feature gives you up to three years of battery life. (Battery life based on a calculation of an estimated 2 million keystrokes per year in an office environment. User experience may vary.)
  • Logitech Unifying receiver: The tiny Unifying receiver stays in your notebook, so there's no need to unplug it when you move around. And you can easily add compatible wireless mice and keyboards to the same wireless receiver

Now this ergonomic keyboard isn’t quite as ergonomic looking as the others. That being said, this is no ordinary keyboard. It does retain the slight Constant Curvature needed to keep your hands and wrists in maximum comfort during long typing spells. Also, the Logitech comes equipped with a soft, cushioned palm rest so you can type with ease. This keyboard is also very unique with its full-on media controls located on the keyboard itself. The fact that this keyboard is wireless makes for an even better reason to look into this. And it’s long battery life is sure to impress at a maximum battery life of 36 MONTHS on just a single set of AAA!

Why Choose an Ergonomic Keyboard?

Why go ergo? Because the standard keyboards in front of you were probably not designed to the human body. Not saying it’s a flaw, but I’ve got some pretty large mitts. And typing on most keyboards cramps my hands and fingers. On top of that, my wrists hurt at the end of the night even after periodically stretching them during the writing process.

If a keyboard can be more naturally designed for my hand placement and make my joint life easier… Who am I to disagree? But I’m just one person and there are those out there who tend to disagree.

Either way, I do enjoy a good ergonomic keyboard, and if you do too…. These are my top pics.

Cheers!

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