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

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.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard

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Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard

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.

Mistel Barocco Keyboard

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Mistel Barocco Split 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.

Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

a bit expensive.

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Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

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

X-Bows Keyboard

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X-Bows Keyboard Review

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

SmartYao Keyboard

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Koolertron 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.

Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard

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Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review

This is my main keyboard since 2016.

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 or, search for “emacs kinesis” to see.)

This is my current main keyboard.

my config. Kinesis/Ergodox Layout for Xah Fly Keys

Efficient Keybinding for Emacs

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

see Emacs: Xah Fly Keys

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