Microsoft Unveils Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard And Comfort Packs For Windows 8

Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard and mouse

Microsoft has unveiled a new Sculpt range of keyboards and mice with ergonomic features designed to improve comfort over long periods. The new accessories offer a number of useful features, such as dedicated Windows buttons and a split spacebar design, and are the result of a global survey carried out by the company.

The Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard features a “split design”, and with its curved palm rest, it allows the user’s wrists and forearms to remain in a natural position. In fact, from the side profile, the keyboard actually resembles a manta ray, as such, its internal code name was “Manta Ray”.

The number pad of the keyboard is detached and Microsoft claims that it helps to “reduce the potential for shoulder rotation injuries.” As far as we can see, the immediate benefit of the keypad is that it will reduce the clutter on our desktops.

The Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop pack comes with an almost ball-shaped mouse that Redmond claims is designed to “encourage a more natural hand, wrist, and forearm posture.” The device's most useful feature is undoubtedly its built-in Windows button which takes you straight to the controversial tile UI of Windows 8.

The pieces of equipment are linked via Bluetooth and “promise outstanding battery life – 3 years for the keyboard, 6 years for the number pad, and 1 year for the mouse.”

Sculpt Comfort Desktop

The Microsoft Sculpt Comfort keyboard and mouse

Sculpt Comfort Desktop bundle consists of a keyboard and mouse combo. The Comfort keyboard has a curved typing area and a flatter numerical area over to the right. The keys on both of the new keyboards are contoured to match the shape of the fingers, and the Comfort also offers a detachable palm rest and a split spacebar, half of which is reserved for backspace functionality.

The Comfort mouse has a more traditional design and, like its Ergonomic counterpart, features a dedicated Windows touch tab. You can also swipe up and down over the Windows key to view or cycle through open apps.

The new range of accessories are the result of an extensive global health and productivity survey carried out by the company, looking at 10 markets and over 5,300 workers. The results showed that a significant majority of workers experienced discomfort on a daily basis.

The Sculpt Ergonomic desktop will be available in the United States this month at US$129.95. The mouse is available separately at US$59.90 while the Sculpt keyboard retails for US$80.95. The Sculpt Comfort Desktop set retails for a more wallet-friendly $79.95, with the keyboard on its own coming in at $59.95 and the mouse at $39.95.

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Write by: RC - Sunday, August 18, 2013

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