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logitech ergonomic keyboard k860

Think of it like gently holding a couple of softballs. This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best wireless keyboards.

I’ve been typing on the ERGO K860 eight hours a day, five days a week, for seven months. Everything is subjective, but having used this keyboard for seven months now, I won’t go back. But if you’re looking into an ergonomic keyboard, you’re more interested in comfort than convenience, and the K860 offers plenty. Front feet provide negative tilt. Again, the idea is to prevent bending your hands back, so the pad needs to be higher than some of the keys. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Michael Ansaldo is a veteran consumer and small-business technology journalist. Like other Logitech keyboards we’ve tested, the K860 connects to PC or Mac via an included USB receiver. Lastly, you’ll notice the odd shape of the keys themselves. Logitech’s pad is a three-layer affair, comprising 4 millimeters of memory foam, topped by 2 millimeters of high-density foam, topped by an easy-to-clean knitted fabric. It lacks the extras Logitech thought to include.

First, instead of lifting under the far end of the keyboard (near the function row), a keyboard’s legs should lift closer to your wrists. It’s exactly what I want but it’s not necessarily better than other ergonomic options. He contributes regularly to TechHive and writes the Max Productivity column for PCWorld. Extra-comfortable wrist rest. The Ergo K860 does precisely that, thanks to legs under your wrists that offer three distinct angles, 0 degrees (legs put away), -4 degrees, and -7 degrees. The K860's keys are quiet and produce satisfying tactile feedback. Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc. The K860 supports up to three paired devices, which you can toggle between using their assigned Easy-Switch buttons. Thanks to its Bluetooth and USB dongle capabilities and Logitech Flow , my keyboard (and my Logitech MX Vertical) can switch back and forth between those three devices at the push of a button. The keyboard has a curved, split keyframe designed to improve your typing posture. I didn’t think I’d leave Microsoft, but Logitech convinced me otherwise. A unique palm lift feature provides wrist support. The tilt is the same, the keys are a similar shape and styling, and the ERGO gets a slight edge on the comfortable wrist pad. Watching my grandmother as I grew up was a bit like seeing into the future.

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Compared to the harder plastic pads I’m used to seeing on ergonomic keyboards, it’s super comfortable. That won’t work on an ergonomic keyboard. The wrist cushion is one of the most comfortable I’ve used, providing a pillowy feel without compromising firm support. When I first started using an ergonomic keyboard, the split quickly made me realize bad habits I had learned, like crossing my right index finger over to hit the T key. But if you’re looking into an ergonomic keyboard, you’re more interested in comfort than convenience, and the K860 offers plenty. Logitech says this cushioning offers 54 percent more wrist support while reducing wrist bending by 25 percent. Logitech’s Ergo K860 has made me a believer.

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But if you prefer mechanical switches, just be aware you’re giving that up with the ERGO K860.

This is the keyboard for me. I can’t go back.

Unfortunately, the keys aren’t backlit, so you’ll be relying on touch typing in the dark.

I encountered neither of those problems with the K860. If you’re looking for an ergonomic keyboard, you want to see a few things.

Look closely, and you’ll see some “stepped” keys, like the G, T, 6, 7, H, and N, and caps lock. The larger pair tilts the keyboard 7 degrees, while the smaller pair raises it four degrees. That calls for an overall curve, and to split and slightly twist the keys into an almost v-shape.

And, that’s due to nailing the ergonomics basics while providing useful extras. The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support Review Geek. Logitech Flow is making its way to more and more of the company’s devices, but I can’t think of another ergonomic keyboard that comes with software like it. And unlike Microsoft’s entry, you can replace the ERGO’s dongle, or pair it with another Logitech device’s dongle (like the MX Vertical Mouse ). I’m telling you all of this to give you a better understanding of why ergonomic keyboards are essential to me, and why I’ll only use the ERGO K860 going forward. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Despite the curved, split layout, I had no problem with key discovery and was able to touch-type as usual. Likewise, the keys nearest your index fingers should be higher than those nearest your pinkies, giving the keyboard an almost tent-like shape.

I’ve often had a tough time acclimating to split-and-sloped keyboards.

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Whether you need some relief from an ergonomic affliction or just want a more comfortable typing experience, the K860 is well worth a look. Read our, Learn more about PCWorld's Digital Editions, Palm raise feature lets you adjust height for sitting or standing, Requires some time to get used to split design. My hands would seize up, my fingers would refuse to cooperate, and then I’d lose hold of whatever I was holding. But not because I loved that particular model that much.

That’s nearly three times the price of Microsoft’s latest ergonomic keyboard. The one bit of trouble I ran into came from the backspace and insert keys. After a few days of use, I found my hands craved the more relaxed position the keyboard offered. Announced Wednesday and due to ship later in January, it showed me that just because my usual typing posture doesn’t cause pain doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. It doesn’t help that most of the ones I’ve used have introduced more typing discomfort than they’ve relieved. Specifically, the slope that divides the alphanumeric keys roughly in half puts your arms, and by extension your neck and shoulders, in a more relaxed posture. Most ergonomic keyboards require some getting used to, but the K860 delivers on its promise of more comfortable typing. Logitech tells me that it helps simulate the “key-shape feel” of a standard keyboard, which should help touch typists make the ergonomic keyboard jump more easily. That is a concern and one I know all too well.

So, you might be wondering why I say this is the only keyboard I’ll use. Join 350,000 subscribers and get a daily digest of news, articles, and more. The main downside to Logitech’s implementation is that the pad is not removable. Thankfully, I remembered I could adjust further, and that fixed the problem entirely. No, the problem was the wireless dongle.

You might be disappointed to find out that Logitech’s ergonomic keyboard doesn’t use a rechargeable battery.

The hand-cramping and object-dropping issues I faced didn’t stop when I switched to ergonomics; it only helped. The K860 is big: almost 18 inches across and just over 9 inches from the top of keyboard to the bottom of the wrist rest. It kept dying, and without a dongle, the keyboard doesn’t work.

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