Best Keyboard for Emacs

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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

Microsoft sculpt ergonomic keyboard 73760
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

mistel barocco ergonomic split keyboard
Mistel Barocco Keyboard

Mechanical keys, compact, and features on-the-fly 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 Advantage 2 Keyboard

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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 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 or, 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

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard

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Truly Ergonomic keyboard. (photo by To1ne, used with permission)

This is another excellent one. Not much thumb keys, but compact and portable.

video review at Truly Ergonomic Keyboard Review

My config at xah-fly-keys with Truly Ergonomic Keyboard

For Non-Touch-Typers

If you don't touch type, then you probably like the following:

and basically any good mechanical keyboard or topre switch will be good.

List of Keyboards with Mechanical Switches

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