Best Keyboard for Emacs

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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

Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard

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Kinesis Freestyle Edge Gaming Keyboard
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If you are used to traditional keyboard, this one is best.

It has driverless programing. Set one of the space bar to Ctrl or Alt.

see Kinesis Gaming Keyboard, Freestyle Edge

Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard

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Xah Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review
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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 or, search for “emacs kinesis” to see.)

This is my current main keyboard.

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

For detail, see Kinesis Keyboard Review

SmartYao Keyboard

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ly092 mini keyboard Buy SmartYao Split Thumb Keyboard

Full review at SmartYao Keyboard

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

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic

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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

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

X-Bows Keyboard

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X-Bows Keyboard

Get this one as extra, for on the go.

see X-Bows Keyboard Review

It's not on amazon. If you get this, tip me at

Efficient Keybinding for Emacs

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

see Emacs: Xah Fly Keys

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  5. Swap CapsLock and Control
  6. Famous Programers with RSI
  7. My Typing/RSI Experience 1992 to 2017
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