Best Keyboard for Emacs
Here's what i consider the best keyboards for emacs.
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic is the cheapest here. It came out in 2013.
Particularly nice is the huge Alt ＆ Ctrl keys placed symmetrically for left ＆ right hands, and very close to the thumb.
For detail and video, see Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review
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 Advantage 2 Keyboard
The Kinesis Advantage2, came out in .
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 on-the-fly programable keys are wonderful. No need driver/software. 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.
For detail and video, see Kinesis Keyboard Review
Truly Ergonomic Keyboard
This is another excellent one. Not much thumb keys, but compact and portable.
In summary, i think these are the best keyboards for emacs.
- If you want most comfort, then Kinesis.
- If you want split pieces, the Ergodox or Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard is for you.
- If you want compact, the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is way to go.
- If you want it cheaper, then Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard.
Other Keyboards Emacs Users Might Like
There are few more, but they are $500 or more, or hard to buy. See: How to Chose Ergonomic Keyboards
Also, I recommend ergonomic keyboard ONLY. But, if you really just want a straight keyboard, then i recommend:
- Logitech G710+ (standard MX brown switch, with 6 extra function keys, macros, and multimedia keys.)
- Logitech G910 Orion Spark Keyboard (latest mechanical switch, but quiet!)
- CM Storm QuickFire Rapid (MX switch, without number pad keys.)
- List of Keyboards with Topre Switch
They all feature mechanical key switches.
Some of you will probably mention TypeMatrix, or IBM Model M, Unicomp buckling spring, or Happy Hacking Keyboard. Then, there are also other 2-Piece Split Keyboards. If they work for you, that's great!
or, buy something from my keyboard store.