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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard

Item: 953402    Model: V4S-00001

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  • Contoured design promotes a natural wrist position and puts keys within easy reach
  • Split spacebar with backspace functionality is designed to improve typing efficiency
  • Detachable palm rest can be removed for a sleek, compact look
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
 
4.0

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (34)
  • Comfortable design (22)
  • Durable (22)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Easy to set up (17)

Cons

  • Inadequate features (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (20)
  • Professional (12)
  • Web browsing (10)
  • Laptops (6)
  • Home or business (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (15), Power user (12), Technically challenged (9), Tech savvy (7), Quality oriented (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (35), Business (27)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (54)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Simple, functional keyboard

The M$ Sculpt Comfort keyboard is a very useful, well-designed, straightforward keyboard that, at least for me, is the right combination of functionality, features, and price.
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The M$ Sculpt Comfort keyboard is a very useful, well-designed, straightforward keyboard that, at least for me, is the right combination of functionality, features, and price.

Background:
Just to let you know where I'm coming from, I'm a computer software consultant/developer/engineer/architect/admin/geek-of-all-trades. I'm an independent consultant, and I work from my home - and as such this keyboard gets HEAVY use. I type about 85-90WPM, and I am a touch-typist (of course I guess that if you type over, say 60WPM you almost have to be a touch-typist, don't you?).

Prior Keyboard - Logitech K350...
I have been a pretty strong Logitech user over the years; I typically look to them first for any extra kit I may need. Many moons ago I gave M$ a shot at using some of their stuff, but I found it to be copycat, over-engineered, and overly expensive - hence my standard use of Logitech stuff.

I have used a Logitech K350 keyboard ( http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-keyboard-k350 ) for quite some time. I must admit it took me some time to get used to it, and then in hindsight I must admit that I had to occasionally convince myself that I liked it. Why? Because I found the travel length of the keys to be too long for my tastes. This is probably because I primarily used a laptop for almost 15 years. They also felt "loose" - like they moved around some as I typed. The noise wasn't very appealing either.

Enter the M$ Sculpt Comfort Keyboard...
Finally the keyboard started acting up, so it was time for a new one. I actually spent quite a bit of time trying out pretty much every keyboard in the store, as I didn't want to "settle" for yet another keyboard. I thought the contour of the Logitech keyboard was OK, but I honestly don't like quite as much as it had (guess I'm a bit old-school). After trying all of them out, I found the M$ Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, and really loved the feel from the get-go. Plus, it was on sale for something like $40 or so, which was a bit less than I was willing to spend.

After using it for a few months now, I am VERY happy with my purchase. It fits my typing style perfectly, and I find that I don't even think about it when I'm typing now - which is a hallmark of good accessories IMHO - using them should be natural and effortless.

The feature set in it is just right for me as well. I don't need nor want all the bells and whistles available in today's keyboards, as I find that the more (supposed) "bells and whistles" added to the keyboard, the more failure points it has. I had to purchase a new PC recently, and it (unfortunately) cam with Windows 8 (which has now been upgraded to Win 8.1). The function buttons along the top are dual-function; one set of functions is the traditional ones you expect in a PC keyboard, while the alternate functions are designed specifically for Windows 8.x. Rather than requiring the use to press some kind of Alt/Win/Function key to use the alternate functions, M$ has added a little toggle switch to the right of the function key row that removes the need to press the extra key. While many people don't like this, I do. To each his own...

I found it interesting that, according to M$, 90% of typists use their right thumb exclusively to press the spacebar; I honestly thought it was an unusual quirk of my own. It took some time to get use to use the left spacebar as an alternate Backspace key, but now I find that I really like it. Incidentally, I have had absolutely no problem switching back and forth between the traditional Backspace key location and this one, contrary to what others have said.

Only Two Minor Gripes...
I have only found two gripes with this keyboard:

** Contrary to the published specs, the two AAA batteries required for this keyboard do not last six months; instead they seem to only last half of that, i.e. three months. I would imagine that the six month claim is based on casual use, not heavy-duty, multi-hour daily use.

** Like most coders I know, I listen to music all day while coding. As such I tend to use the keyboard shortcuts for volume and stop/start, skip/back functionality. For some reason this keyboard only has up/down/mute volume buttons and a play/pause button - no skip/back (or next/previous, if you prefer) buttons at all. This is annoying.

Well, that's it. Overall I really like this keyboard, and I am very glad I bought it. I would highly recommend it for those who want a simple keyboard with a usable amount of features, and a subtle level of ergonomics.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Less Than Impressed. USB Receiver

I have rarely been this disappointed by a Microsoft product. There is a sticker on one of the space bar keys that nearly broke the key when I tried to take it off. Then...Read complete review

I have rarely been this disappointed by a Microsoft product. There is a sticker on one of the space bar keys that nearly broke the key when I tried to take it off. Then there is this USB receiver that must be used for the keyboard to work. That is what Bluetooth is supposed to be for. Now I have to buy another USB hub. And I need to figure out how to get this sticker off without breaking the keyboard.

As for the keyboard itself, well, it is taking some time to get used to. I like the Natural Ergonomic keyboard much better and would have bought that had I known about the USB. The keys tend to be a bit noisy but I should be able to live with it.

I do like the switch for the Function keys and Windows 8 keys. I like that I can tilt the keyboard. The wireless range is at least 10 feet.

I just wish there had been something in the description on Microsoft's site or Staples stating this required a USB receiver. I could recommend this to a friend as long as they knew they would have to have an open USB port for this to work.

Reviewed by 64 customers

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5.0

Sculpt comfort keyboard

By User

from Merced

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard:

Helps with my carpal tunnel.

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4.0

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard

By Beavers

from Little Rock

About Me Power User

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Pros

  • Comfortable Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Fast Response
  • Highly Compatible
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use
    • Web Browsing

    Comments about Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard:

    This keyboard is very comfortable to use and would recommend it to anyone who has issues with their hands/arms. There is no effort to push down the keys which makes it light to the touch. Being ergonomic makes it good for anyone with carpal tunnel issues and could help prevent the problem if used on a daily basis. The built-in wrist rest is helpful as well. They only thing I would change is the height of the keyboard and the "feet" on the back. It could be a little "thicker" so it is higher on the desk.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    5.0

    Functionality out of this world!!

    By Rod

    from Iowa

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Design
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast Response
    • Long Range
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Professional
      • Web Browsing

      Comments about Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard:

      We bought this keyboard to replace the old standard one we had for years. Not only does this keyboard have a comfort and design that helps with my carpel tunnel it is wireless. It links seemlessly to our new Windows Pro and allows us to move about or stay fixed. It has a programmable spacebar that can do several different functions. The best investment that I have made thus far in an accessory for my computers. The contoured keyset has helped improve my typing skills and productivity. It just feels right. Wish I had this years ago.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Cool Keyboard

      By ItzDody

      from Dallas TX

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer
      This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

      Pros

      • Comfortable Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast Response
      • Highly Compatible
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • Financial
        • Professional
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard:

        Better than what I thought it would be. Keys are so soft. The curve is just right for me.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Other

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        1.0

        Shift key does not work properly

        By Diane

        from Allen, TX

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer
        This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

        Pros

        • Comfortable Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard:

            Shift key does not work properly (intermittently). To get a capital letter, I sometimes have to hit the 'Caps lock', type the letter and then hit the 'Caps lock' key to return to lower case - irritating! It worked fine for the first week or so. Other functions that need the shift key to work, do not, such as the 'control/alt/delete' combo. Searched Microsoft and other sites and others have listed basically the same issues with no known fix - this keyboard is being returned.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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