The Best Ergonomic Keyboard for You

CR's testers reviewed eight popular models. Here's what we learned.

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A CR tester typing on a Logitech ERGO K860 ergonomic keyboard.
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A few years ago, Caitlin Cadieux decided to go all-out to battle the chronic pain in her right wrist—a malady she attributed to the many long hours devoted to her work as a digital animator.

She got a standing desk. A better chair. Did physical therapy. Was more mindful of taking breaks throughout the day. She also bought an ergonomic keyboard—the Microsoft Sculpt—designed to alleviate the wear and tear on her body. It won her over.

“Going back to a different keyboard is a non-starter for me,” says the 29-year-old Troy, N.Y., resident. “I still get pain if I spend too much contiguous time typing, but sitting at the keyboard is much less stressful on my arm. If something happened to it, I'd buy another Sculpt in a heartbeat.”

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You may have eyed a keyboard like the Sculpt in recent years—even if just out of curiosity. Readily available at retailers such as Best Buy and Home Depot, ergonomic models are flush with curves like a sci-fi spaceship. But the designs are so funky, it can be hard to pick the right one.

So we put eight popular options to the test, evaluating them not only on how sound they are ergonomically but also how difficult they are to type on and how much they can be adjusted to suit your particular needs.

“At the end of the day, ergonomics is about reducing the risk of developing some kind of musculoskeletal disorder,” says Dana Keester, the human factors specialist on Consumer Reports' consumer experience and usability research team. “Buying an ergonomic keyboard is a small investment to make, so why not?”

Here are a few key things we learned about ergonomic keyboards in our testing.

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