The 10 Best Split Keyboards

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in February of 2019. With an ever-increasing number of people working and playing full-time on computers, repetitive strain injuries are becoming more prevalent. But you don't have to fall victim simply because you type a lot. These ergonomic keyboards feature split designs that can help mitigate discomfort, some in very novel ways. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best split keyboard on Amazon.

10. Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue

9. Kinesis Maxim

8. SafeType V902

7. Jelly Comb Mini

6. Mistel Barocco

5. GoldTouch Go!2

4. Kinesis Freestyle Edge

3. Koolertron SMKD62

2. Microsoft Sculpt

1. Kinesis Advantage2

Editor's Notes

March 08, 2019:

To make no bones about it, repetitive strain is one of the most dire occupational hazards for anyone who types for a living. Carpal tunnel syndrome isn't something that hits you suddenly; rather, over the course of a few years, you notice a little bit of lost feeling from time to time, until one day the three fingers on the right side of your hand feel like they're buzzing, and you can't feel your fingertips (not that this editor would know anything about that...). So while anybody who taps away at a keyboard all day should definitely discuss this with their doctor, we've found some handy ways (get it?) to potentially mitigate the long-term damage that comes with such a monotonous activity. Some of these ways look a little odd, like the Kinesis Advantage2, but this one in particular happens to get high marks from people who type a lot, and do it very quickly. Others, like the TypeSafe, look downright ridiculous, but again, many users come back years later with rave reviews about how good their wrists feel. Then there are some like the Mistel Barocco, Kinesis Maxim, GoldTouch Go, and Kinesis Freestyle, which look relatively standard, until you realize they can spread their wings to let your fingers fly, without having to jam your elbows tiresomely into your sides. Somewhere in the middle is the Microsoft Sculpt, which looks a little like the various wavy peripherals that have flooded the market for years, except it's built with close concern for how it works and feels, and as such, is among the best models on the market. And even if you're constantly on the go, you don'thave to sacrifice your joints, thanks to the Jelly Comb Mini, which folds into an especially small size and fits quite easily in a purse or laptop case. And remember, if you're concerned about, or already experiencing, any kind of repetitive joint injury, please talk to your doctor right away, and they can likely help with measures even beyond getting a quality, ergonomic keyboard.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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