Microsoft is bolstering its ergonomic keyboard collection in August with the release of the Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000, which will cost just $19.99. Here are the details from the Microsoft Hardware Blog.

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Personally, I’m a maximum comfort kind of guy and prefer a split keyboard. But I understand that split keyboards might not be for everyone. One of the challenges has been – how can I provide better comfort and posture for people who prefer working with a straight keyboard? The original Comfort Curve layout was the first step in this direction. The new layout on the Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 represents the next step.

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. First, the QWERTY keys are uniformly sized in a way that is more similar to a standard straight keyboard. That increases the familiarity. Second, the curve has been modified to be more organic – adding curvature in the third dimension. That increases the comfort.

This keyboard has been three years in the making and I’m excited that people can finally benefit from it after all of those rounds of research and iteration.

The Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 will be available in August for $19.95 at Amazon, Office Depot, and the Microsoft Store.