Gadgets,  Microsoft

Bought Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard from the USA

I have written quite a few times here about my love for the Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and mouse, I have been using the various models for over 15 years. The favourite model for me was the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 released nearly two decades back.

After the keyboard wore down, I tried Logitech MK850 Keyboard but I quickly realised I was missing the split design of the Microsoft keyboard. Then, I bought a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, which initially felt fantastic but was a disappointment due to its poor connectivity with Bluetooth. I am a fast three-finger typist, so it annoys me when a keyboard lags behind my keypress and appearing on the screen, so wireless keyboards often don’t work for me.

Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage and paid in full. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post.

Last year (2020) I noticed Microsoft has launched a new ergonomic Keyboard that is wired. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, there were no friends or family travelling from the USA to get me the keyboard, so I waited. In the interim, I bought a wired gaming keyboard – Rapoo V52s with backlit which cost INR 2490 (USD 33). This was fine, but I was not satisfied. I checked on Amazon.com but they were not shipping the Microsoft keyboard to India. Luckily, Newegg.com was listing the keyboard for delivery in India. So I ordered and waited – I received the keyboard in March after just 10 days.

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019) – Paid two-and-half times!

The price for Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019), LXM-00001 in NewEgg.com was INR 3780 inclusive of a 3-years extended warranty, the duty in India was INR 2111, and, the shipping charges was INR 3656. In total, the cost was INR 9569 (USD 132) for a product whose list price on Microsoft.com was USD 60. Though I paid nearly two-and-half times I was happy to get the keyboard for which I was waiting for well over a year.

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019), LXM-00001
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard (2019), LXM-00001

The special feature of all the Microsoft keyboards whether it is the original model, or the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, or the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard or the latest model shown above is their signature style of splitting the columns of keys into two groups, the raised middle column of keys and the large “wrist” resting pad. All of them are aimed for comfort to the wrist, to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard - split keys, the raised middle column and the large wrist pad
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard – split keys, the raised middle column and the large wrist pad

If you are someone who is typing a lot and care about comfort, I will highly recommend this keyboard. Good luck.

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