Microsoft Sculpt Erogonomic Keyboard & Mouse Review
Ergonomic keyboards are not for everybody. Either you love them or you hate them. I personally have loved them since they hit the scene. I have had one since the early 2000s. Microsoft was the leader of the ergonomic keyboards in my opinion, and I’d waited with 4,000 keyboard for a long time for them to come out with the next best thing. That thing has finally come, with the Sculpt ergonomic keyboard & Mouse. They keyboard itself is very comfortable with a soft wrist pad. The buttons have less action than the typical keyboard, and is more like that of a built-in laptop keyboard.
The number pad being separate is both good and bad. I like that removing the number pad from the rest of the keyboard allows them to make the keyboard symmetrical, and thus have zero wobble – it’s very stable on the desk – but I also never realized how often I use the number pad until I had to actually locate it on my desk. It’s never exactly where I expect the number pad to be. I also never realized how often I re-adjust the location of the keyboard until this model. My number pad seems to wander all over my desk!
The mouse is the most comfortable mouse I have ever use in my life. It’s a little unusual off the bat, but after using it for a couple days, it’s fantastic. It’s a little like resting your hand on a bed-knob, or a blueberry muffin or something like that. My only criticism about the mouse is the scroll wheel. I wish it was a little further down tower the bottom-front of the mouse, where the tip of my finger lands.
- Comfort. The mouse and the keyboard are some of the most comfortable devices I’ve ever used.
- Quiet. The keys on this keyboard are nice and quiet, similar to a laptop keyboard.
- Wireless – of course, just about everything is wireless these days.
- Sturdy – Zero rattle, feels very solid.
- Number Pad – I know I put this on the cons list too, but there’s good and bad to having it detatched. When doing lots of number work, you can just pick it up like a calculator. Good? Bad? You judge… I like that.
- Batteries – the mouse uses 2 double A’s, the keyboard 2 triple. TONS of battery life.
- Cost. It’s kind of expensive for those who don’t really love ergonomic keyboards.
- The mouse only has very basic capabilities. Microsoft has a host of mice that have windows 8 specific gestures and a number of extra buttons. This mouse has only the middle button / scroll wheel, left and right buttons, and a “back” thumb button. I personally don’t find this to be a problem, but if you’re used to having five or more buttons on your mouse, you’ll feel the loss.
- Number pad. This may not be a bother to those who don’t use the number pad, but personally, it drives me nuts.
- The function keys have a switch. The emerging trend in keyboards is that the function keys across the top of the keyboard are Windows 8 functions by default, and the historic functions (F1 = help, F5 = Refresh, etc.). Keyboards these days have a Fn key, which activates the legacy functions. This keyboard has a switch. It’s akin to having a Caps Lock, but no shift key for making uppercase letters. While it’s nice to be able to choose the default, it’s a little awkward to have a switch instead only. I’d have preferred a function-activation key, but what can I say? They didn’t ask my opinion beforehand.