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u/PenPenGuin · 14 pointsr/microsoft

Hey guys, I posted this over at /r/mechanicalkeyboards but figured that some folks here might be interested too.

Hey Reddit - I know this isn't a mechanical keyboard, but there seemed to be at least some interest in the Sculpt keyboard and I just got my hands on one so I figured I'd throw together a quick review.


If you aren't familiar with the keyboard in question, I'm reviewing the Microsoft Sculpt, the successor to the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and Natural Keyboard Pro. This is more or less Microsoft's flagship keyboard in the ergonomics line, featuring a bi-sectional layout with an actual split between the two sets of keys, unlike their curve line which is more like a traditional keyboard, just wavy.

I was first introduced to this type of keyboard back in 1995 when the original Natural Pro came out. I was working at Microsoft at the time and our management wanted everyone to switch over. Using that experience as a template, if you've never used a split keyboard before and you do a fair amount of typing, it'll probably take about a week to two weeks to get used to the layout (assuming you're already a touch typer). If you only type sparingly, probably closer to a month.

The Sculpt keyboard currently only comes in a set with a mouse and the keyboard cannot be purchased separately at this time. The keyboard is wireless, connecting via a small USB dongle. The dongle connects all three desktop components - the mouse, keyboard, and 10-key numpad. The set MSRP's for $129.95 in the US.


The keyboard has chiclet style key caps with scissor switches on top of rubber domes. The key caps are pad printed.

The layout of the keyboard is similar to the old Microsoft Natural Elite keyboards, with the squashed six-key configuration. Delete, Home, End, Insert, PgUp, and PgDn are in a double-row set of keys to the right of the main key set. There is no spacing between the primary keys and the six keys. The arrow keys are left in the normal two row configuration, but the left arrow is set directly underneath the right shift key and shares the row with the bottom Ctrl key.

The numpad is a separate unit entirely - configured in a full-sized 10-key layout. The numpad has a few extra keys mimicking an old-fashioned calculator input. It has an app button which is mapped to calc.exe by default, as well as a backspace and clear button. For whatever reason, there is also a calc.exe button on the main keyboard.

There are no lights on the keyboard. When you hit any of the lock keys, there is no physical indication. However there is a software popup in Windows itself - a tiny window that comes up over your systray for two seconds that tells you NUMLOCK ON, or NUMLOCK OFF.

There are no separate media keys, instead they are bundled with the half-height function keys as alt-actions. In order to use the alt-action functionality, you must toggle a physical switch in the upper right-hand corner. If you leave your toggle to "white", the F1 key acts as the normal HELP button. Click to "blue" and it is now the Play/Pause media button. Want to pause your music and refresh your webpage? Click to blue to make F1 pause, click to white to have F5 refresh. It's a little weird.

The keyboard has a small amount of padding on the wrist rest area - if you've used the Natural 4000, it's about the same, maybe a tiny bit thinner. The rest is wrapped in a pleather'ish material.

The keyboard also comes with a riser which lifts the front of the keyboard (the side towards the user) up about an inch higher. The installation of the riser is actually sort of slick - they used embedded magnets and the whole thing just snaps into place. In fact, they do the same thing for the battery covers for the keyboard and mouse (not the numpad though - that has a screw).


I was not a fan of the Natural 4000 because the keys felt too sluggish and heavy (the 4000 was just rubber dome). The flat, chiclet style keycaps as well as the scissor switch makes the Sculpt feel much more springy and I much prefer the action on this new keyboard. It's obviously not a replacement for my MX Blues, but it's actually not bad.

The layout is a bit annoying. I'm not sure why Microsoft decided to squish the six key configuration as they did. Seems if they were going to rip the ten key off, they would have left the six key alone. I've been a touch typer for years and it's irritating to have to hunt and peck to figure out where my Home key went to. Leaving the arrow config normal was a good call - I don't think anyone liked the diamond layout on the Elites.

Assuming you use the Sculpt mouse, the entire set uses five batteries. 2 AA's for the mouse, 2 AAA's for the keyboard, and a CR2430 for the numpad. That seems a bit excessive to me, although I think I read somewhere that Microsoft expects the batteries to last for over a year (can't find any solid sources on battery life).


I like the Sculpt keyboard better than the Natural 4000, but probably not enough to replace my Rosewill 9100 with MX Blues full time. However, I do find the natural styles more comfortable to type on for extended periods of time. So if you don't want to or can't shell out the money for something like a Kinesis or an Ergodox kit, the Sculpt is not a bad piece of hardware.

Is it worth picking up this $130 MSRP package for the mouse and keyboard when you can just get the Natural Keyboard 4000 right now for under $40? That's honestly a hard call - I really like the action on the Sculpt better than the 4000, but the new Sculpt mouse sucks (IMO) when compared to the old Natural Laser Mouse 6000 - plus for around the same price, you could pick up the Natural 4000 and a Evoluent VerticalMouse (assuming you wanted an ergo-mouse too).

One big gripe - everything is black gloss. Fingerprints and smudges everywhere. Who thought this was a good idea?

u/ActionCactus · 5 pointsr/microsoft

I went to school for it, but I'll be the first to tell you that a fucking class isn't the best way to learn how to code. What kind of questions do you have?

If you're confused about why something like "System.out.println("Hi");" actually prints something to the console, I can explain to you what everything in that statement means (it's actually really intuitive and easy, and it's something professors usually don't tell you when they're introducing you to code writing).

If you want a recommendation on where to learn, Khan Academy and Code Academy are fantastic free resources, but another free service that I've found to be phenomenal has been [] ( I also just recently purchased [a really good C# book] (; I like what I've seen in it thus far and if one by the same author exists for Java I'd recommend it.

All that said, by all means, ask me (or anyone else in this thread that'd like to answer questions) whatever you'd want. You also might want to check out /r/learnprogramming, and when you start getting to the more intermediate levels of programming is one of the best collab resources out there.

I'm not sure if mods would be okay with a programming question thread in this sub, so if you make a new thread somewhere else make sure to PM me so I can help answer your questions.

u/themightiestduck · 1 pointr/microsoft

I got this Access Step-by-Step book for Kindle for about $10, and found it pretty good. I haven't finished it, so I'm not sure if it gets as advanced as you're looking for, but it's definitely a good start.

The Step-by-Step books are what Microsoft uses when they do their in-store personal training, for what that's worth.

u/plki76 · 1 pointr/microsoft

There was the internally-released book "Inside-Out - Microsoft: In Our Own Words" but, to be perfectly honest, I never read it. :)

u/WaffleFoxes · 1 pointr/microsoft

I didn't really have problems with the Microsoft book - do you mean this one?

You may have better luck with us over at /r/IT_CERT_STUDY

u/HopeThatHalps · -2 pointsr/microsoft

Looks like this keyboard they came out with in 2002. I don't buy that it's beneficial. I've been using a regular keyboard for nearly twenty years now and I haven't torn any ligaments. You don't see people clamoring for laptops with split keyboard layouts either.

u/willies_hat · 3 pointsr/microsoft

If you decide to spend a few bucks this book is amazing. I learned more in a weekend with it then I did in months trying to figure stuff out on my own.

u/grevenilvec75 · 1 pointr/microsoft

Can't make out any information on it.

I use a Microsoft basic optical mouse and love them. There's a white version too, but for some reason people are price jacking them on amazon.

u/smittyxi · 3 pointsr/microsoft

Is it Exam 98-366: MTA Networking Fundamentals? If so, I think there is a multi-day course along with this book- Is that the PDF you have?

Also, this appears to be a 90 minute video exam prep for that session that might be helpful given that you only have a few days-

u/ksufanbdf · 3 pointsr/microsoft

Pardon my ignorance but why not just buy from Amazon here is there a different model or something you're looking for? I never really used MP3 players much once my phone became an adequate substitute so not sure what is so speical about the Zune HD

u/talones · 1 pointr/microsoft

I thought it was a laptop you were talking about... So add an extra $10 for the PCIe adapter....

or this one...

Just saying that the new AX200 you can find on ebay for $15, you just need the pcie adapter.

u/speedreeder · 2 pointsr/microsoft

So, wait, you have a wireless Xbox controller, and a USB receiver (, what do you need another cable for?

I also have a wireless Xbox 360 controller that I use with that exact receiver that I linked to in order to use the controller with games on my PC. I use no other cables.

I'm also not sure what you mean by "syncing" the controller. When I switch my controller between my Xbox 360 and my PC, I have to hit the Controller Connect button on the wireless receiver (the one button on it) and then a similar button on the back of the wireless controller. If that's the process you're referring to, you shouldn't have to use a cable for that.

EDIT: This is the process I take, and this guide lays out the equipment you should need (only the controller + the receiver):

u/LarryLa · 1 pointr/microsoft

Is it a Kin 1 or a Kin 2? I have one on a shelf in my office alongside a Zune, some Pocket PCs, a MS TV Photo Viewer (new in the box), and a foam mock up of the MS Ultimate TV.

u/XeraanTruss · 1 pointr/microsoft

If gaming is important, then no this mouse isn't right for you.

However with a lot of gaming mice you'll be looking at a higher price.

For instance I use the Logitech G900. Shit costs $149, but I wanted a Wireless Gaming mouse that worked for claw-grip and I sure got it!

A mouse is going to be one of your most-used peripherals. Don't be afraid to put out a bit more money for it.

Some others to consider: (if low price is what you ultimately want)

u/lexpython · 4 pointsr/microsoft

Well, at less than a year old, it should be under warranty...? Send that fucker back! You did a full backup before the update, right? If not, you can pull the drive and slap it into a docking station and clone it over to an empty drive before you send it back. You won't want to just clone it back over when you get it back & you'll need to reinstall your software, but this will save your stuff.