It's tough out there for those concerned with ergonomics on a budget. Those two concepts don't often go hand-in-hand, or hand-in-wallet, as the case may be. But there are always exceptions to the rule, such as Microsoft's newly announced Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000, Redmond's second generation Comfort Curve plank that will only set typists back a couple of Hamiltons.
"Building on the original Comfort Curve, this new key layout is designed to be a better option for straight-keyboard users and has been improved in two fundamental ways," Microsoft said in a blog post. "First, the QWERTY keys are uniformly sized in a way that is more similar to a standard straight keyboard. That increases familiarity. Second, the curve has been modified to be more organic -- adding curvature in the third dimension. That increases the comfort."
According to Microsoft, the Comfort Curve 3000 has been three years in the making. It sports a slim, glossy design and comes with easy-access media keys to control you music, video, and open the Calculator application in Windows.
Otherwise, this appears to be a basic plank (and priced as such) without a USB hub, backlit keys, or any gaming features. It's available for preorder now and will ship in August.