Incase brings Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard back from the brink

When Microsoft announced back in April 2023 that they would stop manufacturing most of their accessories, such as mice, webcams, and their w...

When Microsoft announced back in April 2023 that they would stop manufacturing most of their accessories, such as mice, webcams, and their well regarded split keyboards, many a computer enthusiast were howling at the loss. And in pain, in some cases, given Microsoft's Sculpt keyboard, which provides a comfortable, ergonomic design, was among the best built and most affordable split keyboards on the market.

People started to stockpile rapidly dwindling stock, with even one person in Japan purchasing 10 of the Sculpt keyboards to ensure that he'd have a steady supply until the apocalypse. I for one, was very disappointed, given I've used and been very happy with Microsoft's split ergonomic keyboards since 2007.

It also begged the question: what next? The only other major manufacturers who build ergonomic keyboards are Logitech and Lenovo, and both have number pads which get in the way when reaching for the mouse.

Luckily, accessory company Incase is stepping up to the game and licensing a large swathe of Microsoft's accessory line. They will continue to use Microsoft's designs and manufacturing line to build the Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard, among other devices, meaning those of us reliant on it as our daily driver will be able to buy a replacement when it finally conks off to keyboard heaven, hopefully for years to come. The only difference is that it will now sport Incase's logo, with the tagline "Incase, designed by Microsoft". I'm okay with that.

Incase has also announced that they will eventually release a new split keyboard which Microsoft had designed, but had not yet released, so we can still look forward to a new iteration of ergonomic keyboards.

Devices that Incase will bring back include the following, listed on their website. It's rumoured we'll see them in Q2 2024, but pricing is unclear. Here's hoping they don't jack up the price just because they can.

  • Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop (keyboard, mouse, number pad)
  • Sculpt Comfort Desktop (keyboard, mouse)
  • Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 AES (keyboard, mouse)
  • Wireless Desktop 850 (keyboard, mouse)
  • Wireless Desktop 900 (keyboard, mouse)
  • Wired Desktop 600 (keyboard, mouse)
  • Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
  • Ergonomic Keyboard
  • Wired Keyboard 600
  • Bluetooth Keyboard
  • Designer Compact Keyboard
  • Bluetooth Number Pad
  • Mobile Mouse 1850
  • Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse
  • Bluetooth Mouse
  • Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse
  • Modern Mobile Mouse
  • Modern Wireless Headset
  • Modern USB Headset
  • Modern USB-C Headset
  • Modern USB-C Speaker
  • Audio Dock
  • Modern Webcam

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