Best Keyboard for Emacs

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's what i consider the best keyboards for emacs.

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. Buy at amazon

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic is the cheapest here.

Particularly nice is the huge Alt and Ctrl keys placed symmetrically for left and right hands, and very close to the thumb.

For detail and video, see Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review

Mistel Barocco Keyboard

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Mistel Barocco Keyboard

Mechanical keys, compact, and features driverless key remap/macro programing.

Set one of the space bar to Alt or Ctrl

Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard

Matias Ergo Pro keyboard

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Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard. Matias ergo pro keyboard

This features traditional staggered keys layout. Mechanical keys, large Ctrl and Alt keys, split space-bar, and extra copy/cut/paste keys on the side is a nice touch.

For detail and video, see Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard

Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard

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Kinesis Freestyle Edge Gaming Keyboard
〔image source https://twitter.com/WillChobra/status/925600073223880710

see Kinesis Gaming Keyboard, Freestyle Edge

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Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard

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〔image source beansproutadventures.com
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Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard. Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

This is bowl shaped. Bowl shaped makes your wrist posture more natural when typing.

The other big advantage is lots thumb keys. Thumb keys for Control and Alt, or, you can put Shift key there too if you want.

Kinesis Advantage2's driverless programable keys are wonderful. To remap keys, just press keys to set them. Can also record key macros.

There are quite a lot emacs+Kinesis users. You see them on social networks. (goto reddit.com or twitter.com, search for “emacs kinesis” to see.)

Kinesis use mechanical key switch, and you can chose between MX Cherry Red (linear feel), or Brown (standard tactile switch).

This is my current main keyboard.

my config. Kinesis/Ergodox layout for xah-fly-keys

For detail and video, see Kinesis Keyboard Review

X-Bows Keyboard

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X-Bows Keyboard

see X-Bows Keyboard Review

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Keyboardio Model 01

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keyboardio m1 rgb 〔image source flickr, by Eric Sorenson, 2017-07-22〕

see Keyboardio Review

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Efficient Keybinding for Emacs

Also, very important is to get a efficient keybinding for emacs.

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