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17-05-2014


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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop cordless set: review and performance testing

Microsoft continues to fortify its position in the market of ergonomic peripherals by the implementation of new ideas and developments. To ensure a high level of comfort when use Windows the manufacturer has updated and combines some of own best products.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

As a result we got cordless set Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop. It includes improved keyboard version Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 as well as new manipulator of Microsoft Sculpt lineup.

The specs:

Producer

Microsoft

Model

Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Connection

Wireless

Receiver type

USB

Radio interface operating frequency, GHz

2,4

Keyboard

Key type

Scissor-switch keyboard

Range, m

Up to 10

Power

2 х AAA type elements

Number of basic keys

87

Number of additional keys

1

Features

Ergonomic keyboard block; soft support for wrist; key [Space] is divided into two parts; keyset used for quick access to OS Windows 8 functions; arched shape for convenient hands positioning.

Color

Black

Dimensions, mm

392 x 228 х 59

Weight, g

842

Numerical block

Key type

Scissor-switch keyboard

Range, m

Up to 10

Power

lithium battery CR2430

Number of basic keys

19

Number of additional keys

1

Color

Black

Dimensions, mm

92,8 x 132

Weight, g

105

Mouse

Sensor type

BlueTrack

Resolution, dpi

1000

Number of keys

4 + four-way scroll wheel with key function

Mouse range, m

10

Power

2 х battery type АА

Base type

Plastic

Features

Ergonomic shape; cavity for thumb; [Windows] key; four-way scroll wheel

Color

Black

Dimensions, mm

74,9 х 98,2 х 56,7

Weight, g

155

 

Software

Microsoft mouse and keyboard control center

ОS

Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / RT

Official warranty

24 month

Producer website

Microsoft

Packaging and content

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Wireless set Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is shipped in a rather large cardboard box. Packaging has a corporate style, the main features of which are brightly colors and good information capability. Most part of box front is the image of basic elements. Several important features are marked below: the use of advanced ergonomic design, the use of keys with a soft travel, support of wireless interface with USB-receiver. Over the list of features there is an icon that tells you that the device is approved by experts in ergonomics. On the side of the box are the images of a keyboard, numeric keypad and mouse along with kit name.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

The back side of the box contains some schematic images that inform the user about the main features of the product.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Delivery set Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop includes:

  • keyboard;
  • manipulator;
  • numeric keypad;
  • two AAA batteries;
  • two AA batteries;
  • lithium battery CR2430;
  • USB-receiver;
  • documentation brochures.

In addition the package includes a special stand for lifting of wrist support. This removable part was missed in the box of our test sample.

Design, keyboard elements and numerical block layout

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

For the keyboard Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop Company Microsoft has used the entire arsenal of the achievements in terms of ergonomics, comfort and design. Appearance of the product is borrowed from the earlier model Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Concept of split key layout was complemented with a more pleasant and practical dimensions and weight, improved design, as well as an interesting design. As a result, we have one of the most pleasant and ergonomic keyboards. Due to separated numeric block the case is characterized by reduced size (392 x 228 x 59 mm), which allows you to put a keyboard straight ahead. The material of the case is black plastic which is reinforced inside due to durable framework.

Thanks to this feature the structures provides excellent rigidity and build quality: backlash and creaks are absent.

 

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Keyboard case is divided into two parts, each contains the half its basic layout. Separate keys location promotes comfortable and fast typing, but takes some time to getting used to. The upper surface of the case, without the area under soft wrist support is glossy plastic which quickly collects fingerprints and is subjected to wear.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Scissor-membrane keys are characterized by low profile, as well as a soft touch and quiet pressing. The key surface represents the shape of finger-tips. This feature is called Natural Arc. Arched [Space] is divided into two parts each of which performs its standard function. Between the halves of [Space] there is an indicator light that notifies the user about a weak battery. To achieve the optimal distance from the finger-tips to the key the key dimensions were slightly increased. Thus, against the background of a set of alphabetic keys a greater length has [T], [G], [Y], [H], [N], as well as key numerical [7].

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

F-keys are quite different from the basic layout in terms of pressing. They have a very short travel that leads to a weak sense of response moment. This aspect is temporary and becomes less significant after a short adaptation for stronger pressing of the keys of this row. To activate the mode of F-keys to perform additional functions the product is equipped with a new special switch (analogue [Fn]) which is in the upper right corner of the keyboard. Keys [Backspace] and [Shift] are extended for better ergonomics. The [Enter] key is one-level. To activate the application “calculator” there is a separate button, which is located under the double level button [Delete].

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Keyboard Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop can boasts with an excellent comfortable addition a soft under palm support. This type we’ve already examined in the review for model Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard. The only significant difference from the previously product is the lack of opportunities to disconnect this support.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Case of the product is quite thin. However, due to the unusual shape of construction the height at the highest point reaches 59 mm. In general, the keyboard is perceived quite compact and lightweight. Its weighs is about 842 grams. It is worth to note that the height of the soft support can be increased; thereby it became possible to provide a reverse slope which promotes the natural wrist location. To perform this operation the scope of delivery includes a special stand (not included into our test sample).

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

The base of keyboard is made of rough plastic which is quite practical material. A secure fit of the model is provided by 5 rubber legs. On the reverse side of under palm support there are cavities - magnetic grooves.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Power supply is provided via two AAA batteries, which are installed in the section in the bottom of the case. Cover is fixed due to the magnets, so the process of access to supply items is simple. This fixation option is more comfortable compared to common latches.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

Numerical key block of Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a separate element. This solution can find a lot of applications for a particular user. The unit has a quite standard location and size of the keys. Also here you can find duplicated button to run “calculator” application. At the bottom left corner there is a weak battery indicator.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

The back side of numeric block is covered by the rough plastic and the corners have four rubber legs. Its power is provided by one lithium battery CR2430. To access it you should unscrew the bolt which is fixed on the cover.


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