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[Staples] Microsoft Ergo Surface Keyboard $109 YMMV

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[Staples] Microsoft Ergo Surface Keyboard $109 YMMV

I picked this up just now in store, after initially looking for the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard. They didn't have the sculpt in stock but when he was searching I noticed this keyboard in a brand new unopened box and asked if he could price check it. Its bluetooth wireless and ergonomic.

it rang in at $109 + tax, which is significantly cheaper than the price online at $189.99.

Bought this in Mississauga (Mavis/Central Pkwy store), no idea if this deal is available elsewhere.
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Apr 12, 2008
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Great deal.. how does this diff from the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard? This one is more expensive than the Sculpt Keyboard..

I started looking at ergonomic keyboards, and the Logitech K860 looks good too
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fancypantsfloyd wrote: Great deal.. how does this diff from the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard? This one is more expensive than the Sculpt Keyboard..

I started looking at ergonomic keyboards, and the Logitech K860 looks good too
Alcantara finishing, integrated ten keys. The Sculpt using an 87-key-like layout, Surface is more traditional. Switch feel is similar on both boards.
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Sep 7, 2002
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I still have 3x 4000 series keyboards BNIB I love them so much. Would love to try this, but prob not worth shelling out more. Upvoted to get more people to try ergo keyboards.
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fancypantsfloyd wrote: Great deal.. how does this diff from the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard? This one is more expensive than the Sculpt Keyboard..

I started looking at ergonomic keyboards, and the Logitech K860 looks good too
As iamaaronlol said, the Surface Ergo is a more traditional layout. Everything to the right of the Enter key is what you'd expect in a full-sized keyboard. The Sculpt goes for a more compact design and the number pad is a separate piece. Personally, if you're looking for a full-sized ergo keyboard and not particular about the chicklet-styles keys or having something wireless, the Natural Ergo 4000 seems like a better deal. That keyboard still sells very well, and for good reason, and is much cheaper than the Surface Ergo when it's on sale.

I tried the Sculpt and didn't like it. The new MS Ergo or Logitech K860 look like they could be a good, updated replacement for the Ergo 4000, but I have yet to try either one.
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I don’t think it’s worth the premium over the sculpt keyboard if the only dif is Allan Tara. Plus you can’t clean it and it’ll wear fast.
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iamaaronlol wrote: Alcantara finishing, integrated ten keys. The Sculpt using an 87-key-like layout, Surface is more traditional. Switch feel is similar on both boards.
The alcantara finish is a plus or minus depending on how clean you keep your hands and how much your wrists rub against the padding. I've seen some alcantara look pretty gross after a few months of use.
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Feb 22, 2017
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Wow, great price! I have the Microsoft sculpt keyboard and, having come from the Natural 4000, I prefer the 4000. The sculpt keyboard is quite good for the main keys, but the home/end/pg up/pg dn keys are all in a **** with the arrow keys and squashed into the side. It's pretty annoying that way. Overall, I'd stick with the 4000 series or, if I could find the Surface keyboard for this price, I'd buy it.
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There are things to like and dislike from either the Sculpt or the Surface Ergo. The Sculpt for example has a stupid switch you need in order to access the FN buttons, but has a nicer keyboard response than the Surface.

I strongly considered the 4000 to be honest, it could be had for $69 in store and I did my research, but ultimately its wired and I wanted wireless along with the the fact that the 4000 has dome keys versus the more modern style keys, oh and I have a silver monitor so the aesthetics of the surface match my setup. Why on earth did they discontinue the 7000 rather than simply improve the connectivity?
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Damn I ordered one off of ebay a week and a half ago for $100 USD and its supposed to be finally arriving today! Very solid deal.
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fancypantsfloyd wrote: Great deal.. how does this diff from the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard? This one is more expensive than the Sculpt Keyboard..

I started looking at ergonomic keyboards, and the Logitech K860 looks good too
Bluetooth is a huge advantage over the sculpt keyboard. With the sculpt, if you lose the dongle then your keyboard becomes useless.
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May 16, 2010
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I have this keyboard and this is fine if you use it with one device. But if you are using multiple devices like desktop/laptop like in home office setup, you will need to re-pair every single time you switch devices. It's shame they don't have multi device pairing solution like logitech.
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I considered the Logitech MK850, MK710, MK550, but the quality control issues in all of them really made me pause as to whether I wanted to deal with that or go with something like this.

Again, if the price was $189, I wouldn't even consider this as I'd need to spring for the mouse, but at $109, I'll pay for a good mouse and be $200 all in., to me was worth it.
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From most of the reports I've seen the alcantara is a huge drawback and will wear out quickly. Even the ones I've seen in person seem to be worn out and gross, otherwise I'd give this a try.

Previously tried the Scupt and returned it immediately. IMO the 4000 is still the best and has been for over a decade. I think I still have the original MS Natural Pro somewhere too. I don't know why there aren't more (and better) fully-ergonomic options out there. Seems like a neglected segment.
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Neo_ZX wrote: From most of the reports I've seen the alcantara is a huge drawback and will wear out quickly. Even the ones I've seen in person seem to be worn out and gross, otherwise I'd give this a try.

Previously tried the Scupt and returned it immediately. IMO the 4000 is still the best and has been for over a decade. I think I still have the original MS Natural Pro somewhere too. I don't know why there aren't more (and better) fully-ergonomic options out there. Seems like a neglected segment.
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