I've been looking for an ergonomic keyboard for a while but have always been put off by the design of most of the keyboards on the market. They usually look more like a medical instrument than something I want to have on my desk. So when I came across the Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard I was pleasantly surprised.

I haven't purchased a Microsoft product in quite a while. Even before I switched to using a Mac a few years back I was a die-hard Ubuntu user. I think spending a few years working in a computer shop when I was younger instilled in me a dislike for Microsoft products.

That said, I have to say I'm surprised with how good this keyboard is. Not only does it look great but it's really nice to use too. Sure, it takes a few days to adapt to the split design but you get used to it. One thing to note for mac users is that you'll need to swap the windows and alt keys around in keyboard settings.

The lack of next/previous media keys bugs me a bit. There are keys to control the volume and a play/pause key, but no keys for changing tracks. That's going to take a bit more time to get used to.

The only other problem that I have with this keyboard is the lack of bluetooth. You're supplied with a nano received which works well, but on a MacBook with only two USB ports it's a bit of a pain to have one taken up for the keyboard. It would have been nice to see bluetooth feature in this product but it's not a deal breaker for me.

Overall I'm really pleased with this ergonomic keyboard. It's comfortable to type on and the build quality is surprisingly good. (Not quite as good as an apple product but it feels solid.) If you've been looking for an ergonomic keyboard that doesn't look like it was designed by engineers, you can't go far wrong with the Microsoft Sculpt.

Matt West