Best Keyboards for Emacs

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. Buy at amazon

This 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, see Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review

Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard

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

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

Mistel Barocco Keyboard

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Mistel Barocco Keyboard

If you want compact and not too expensive, get this. It features driverless key remap/macro programing. Note, it doesn't have physical arrow keys.

Set one of the space bar to Alt or Ctrl.

See: Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard

Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

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UHK

Compact, and most feature-rich programable, with the most easy-to-use software.

For video review and where to buy, see Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

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X-Bows Keyboard

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X-Bows Keyboard

Compact, easy to adopt. Features large and many thumb keys. Programable. Not expensive.

see X-Bows Keyboard Review

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SmartYao Keyboard

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ly092 mini keyboard Buy SmartYao Split Thumb Keyboard

This one got the most number of keys. you got about 30 extra keys. You can program them to be one-key-press shortcuts.

Full review at SmartYao Keyboard

Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard

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Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard. Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard
Xah Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review

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.)

This is my current main keyboard.

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

For detail, see Kinesis Keyboard Review

Keyboardio Model 01

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keyboardio m1 rgb [image source flickr, by Eric Sorenson, 2017-07-22]

This one is like a luxury item. It is highest quality and feature rich. Expensive, and harder to adopt.

see Keyboardio Review

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

see Emacs: Xah Fly Keys

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