Microsoft has just announced their new Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop. It is a new keyboard and mouse solution that is the result of the company's continued commitment to develop ergonomic products for the harried desktop worker.
The new products are the latest from Microsoft's Natural lines of products that have a history of almost twenty years. 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 mouse is designed taller than usual. This is supposed to help in reducing carpal tunnel pressure as its height increment will reduce the amount of contact between the desktop surface and the underside of the user's hand. According to the Verge, 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." The Sculpt Ergonomic desktop will be available in the United States this month, with an SRP of US$129.95. The mouse is available separately for an SRP of US$59.90. The Sculpt keyboard retails for US$80.95. For more information, do visit its product page.
The Microsoft Hardware division celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and these new additions further extend Microsoft's commitment to design gear that give consumers control, comfort and usability. Stay tuned to our hands-on experience as soon as we manage to obtain these devices locally.