Conclusion: The Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is a solid choice for anyone looking for a keyboard with Windows 8 hotkeys or who'd benefit from a dual-function spacebar. For everyone else, though, it's a fairly standard keyboard with a comfortable contour shape, but it could use more features, like backlighting or a rechargeable battery.
Pros: Unique dual-function spacebar. Detachable padded wrist rest. Hotkeys and charm keys optimized for Windows 8.
Cons: Keys aren't backlit. Requires a dongle. Batteries aren't rechargeable. Directional arrows don't scroll through the Windows 8 tiled interface.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard reimagines the humble spacebar
14 June 2013
Summary: It's always worth reexamining technological features we take for granted, but even if you like Microsoft's new approach to the spacebar, the Sculpt Comfort Keyboard needs some streamlining before it merits a recommendation.
Pros: An alternative take on the spacebar, a removable wrist rest, and Windows 8-specific hot keys give the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard a robust set of features for its price.
Cons: Mushy typing and the oversize spacebar make the Sculpt Comfort Keyboard feel imprecise and cumbersome.
Save your wrists from future pain with this Microsoft ergonomic keyboard-and-mouse combo
14 June 2013
Summary: Whether you're already noticing early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome or just want to get started on prevention, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a cost-effective, well-thought-out solution that puts a healthy posture at your fingertips.
Pros: The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a simple split-key keyboard with integrated shortcut keys and a spherical mouse, designed to take undue weight off your wrists.
Cons: Split keyboards are an acquired taste, setup takes up a lot of desktop space, and some users will lament the glossy shell on the mouse that attracts sticky fingers and fingerprints.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard Review: Split spacebar
2 December 2012
Excerpt: Between creating new operating systems and tablets, Microsoft also makes keyboards and mice. A very popular product in this category is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Microsoft is again aiming at users looking for an ergonomic solution, with the new Sculpt Comfort Keyboard.
Summary: Microsoft brings new innovations to its keyboard and mouse set – but how successful are they?
Pros: Good build quality Comfortable to use Wireless, As we've come to expect from Microsoft's peripherals, both the keyboard and mouse have excellent build quality, and they look good too. The curves and raised keys of the keyboard certainly make it comfortable to use, and it didn't take long to adapt to the new layout. The mouse is comfortable to use, and both come with batteries included, which is always nice.
Cons: Expensive Not many features Keys don't feel great Large spacebar can cause errors when typing, The keys on the keyboard could do with a tiny bit more travel to make typing on them more satisfying – sometimes you're not quite sure if you've properly hit a key when typing fast. While the Windows 8 features are nice, there's not really enough to make us recommend this keyboard and mouse above its competitors – especially if you don't have Windows 8.