Microsoft offers ergonomic keyboard for $20

By on June 15, 2011, 3:00 PM

Microsoft has unveiled the new Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000, the company's latest keyboard offering superior comfort and an ergonomist-approved contour shape. You'll be able to buy it in August from Amazon, Office Depot, and for $20, though you should know that it requires either Windows XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit), Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

In creating this keyboard, Microsoft says it was challenged by the following question: how should we provide better comfort and posture for people who prefer working with a straight keyboard? The Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 is for those who want comfort, but who don't like a split keyboard. The peripheral features a slim, glossy design and a contour key-bed, providing familiar key size and placement while saving space on users' desktops. There are also media keys for quickly accessing music, videos, and so on.

Building on the original Comfort Curve, this new key layout is designed to be a better option for straight-keyboard users and has been improved in two fundamental ways. First, the QWERTY keys are uniformly sized in a way that is more similar to a standard straight keyboard. That increases the familiarity. Second, the curve has been modified to be more organic – adding curvature in the third dimension to further increase the comfort.

Microsoft says it took the company three years to design and build this product, thanks to multiple rounds of research and iteration. If you need a new keyboard, want to take care of your wrists, but don't want to spend a lot, this appears to be a good bet. It's not going to blow your mind away, but it should save you a pretty penny.

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Inarius03 said:

I've been waiting for this exact kind of keyboard for a long time now. An ergonomic keyboard that isn't split up in the middle? Count me in. Buying one the first day it's available. $20? How can anyone complain about this.

momir said:

Please tell me it will be available retail in Europe?

Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

Finally! Ive always been a fan of Microsoft :3

Guest said:

For me this is the best peripheral which Microsoft has ever made

if it had and a micro joystic on the side would be perfect.

Guest said:

How is this significantly different to the Comfort Curve 2000 keyboard I have used at work for the last 2 years?

Comfort Curve 2000 is a great keyboard though.

alexandrionel said:

I have been a user of Comfort Curve 2000 for about 6 years. It is a great keyboard, but it is a bit used and the keys are not so soft anymore. When this Comform Curve 3000 hits Europe I am buying one.

avoidz avoidz said:

For $20 I hope the key print doesn't rub off like the Comfort Curve 2000 model.

Guest said:

This is $29 in canada.

I've been waiting 4 months for this keyboard to hit our market. It is available today so I just ordered it.

Perfect idea for a keyboard. can't wait to get it.

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