I can still remember the very first ergonomic keyboard I purchased. It was a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 I bought in 2008.
As a testament to how good the Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is, it is still in production today, well over a decade since it was first released.
So when I saw the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard in the Microsoft Store in Sydney, I said to myself, I had to get one.
The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard’s design is a mash-up of the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, Surface Keyboard, and Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop’s Keyboard.
The overall shape of the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is inspired by the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. While the additional keys is a throwback to the Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. And finally, the shape of the keys themselves are taken from the Surface Keyboard.
Not sure where this is taken from (maybe it’s a brand new design marvel?). The battery compartment’s cover is held in place by magnets. To remove the cover, simply push down on one end, and the other pops up.
The build of the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is by far the best I have seen in a keyboard to date.
The top features a single piece of aluminium housing all the keys and a double-cushioned palm rest.
The bottom side is made of a single piece of polycarbonate. My guess is to keep the weight in check and for wireless connectivity purposes.
The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is certainly a lot more refined than its predecessors – the Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard.
The palm rest is by far the most comfortable I have used. It just feels so natural and at ease.
The biggest improvement is the design of the keys, they’re not only a lot quieter, but also, they are so much more fun, easy, and comfortable to type on due to the keys being flatter and not having to travel as far as the older style keys. i.e. not having to press the keys down as much.
If the design does not give it away already, the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is designed for modern computers – Bluetooth is its only form of connectivity.
From experience, it takes a few goes to get the device connected. Once connected, you’re all set.
My main complaint with the connectivity is that it can only pair with one device at a time. So if you have multiple devices you want to pair with the keyboard simultaneously, you’re out of luck.
In my honest opinion, the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is near perfect. If it weren’t for the lack of simultaneous connections, I would have said it was perfect.