Microsoft Sculpt keyboard and mouse unveiled

Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard

PCs are still a thing, my tablet-totting friend, and Microsoft remains dedicated to keep the desktop relevant with a new keyboard and mouse combo. But unlike the boring set of peripherals we usually associate with PCs, the Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse have a look that stands out from the crowd.

The Microsoft Sculpt keyboard, for instance, is shapes like a manta ray. A small gap at the middle slightly separates the letter keys, leaving the space bar and the padded wrist rest remain intact. The letter keys affected by the middle gap are slightly raised and are larger in size compared to other keys for a more comfortable typing experience.

The number key pad, meanwhile, is separated from the main keyboard. It is simply because nobody uses the number pad except for accountants and online RPG players. If you have no use for a numeric key pad, simply store it away.

The redesigned keyboard is based on Microsoft‘s Healthy Computing Survey, wherein 85 percent of respondents from around the world say they deal with discomfort while sitting in front of the computer on a daily basis.

“The split keyboard layout is designed to help position the wrists and forearms in a natural, relaxed position,” wrote Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Experience Blog.

The material used for the wrist rest is similar to the ones used for the covers of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, while the domed shape of the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard promises to “promote a straight, neutral wrist position.”

Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic mouse

Just like the manta-ray-like keyboard, the Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic mouse is designed to encourage comfortable body postures while using it. The mouse looks comparatively larger and taller than the current ones available in the market. The height is said to help minimize the incident of carpal tunner pressure as your hand does not touch the desk. It also has a dedicated Windows button, so you can access the Windows 8 Start screen conveniently. The mouse even sports a back button, a four-way scroll wheel, and a thumb rest.

The Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse are compatible with the Windows 7 (both Mac and PC versions), Windows RT, and Windows 8. The keyboard alone costs $81, while the mouse can be sold separately for $60. If you prefer both the keyboard and mouse, the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop package will be available later this month for $130.

Source: Digital Trends

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