The Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard stands out because of the curved ergonomic design, that follows the natural angle of your arms and wrists. This should provide more comfort during long use of the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard.
In the following sections I will discuss my experiences with the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard and highlight some of the hardware features that I like.
Hardware Design – Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard
The Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard has the following measurements: length 35,5 cm. , 16,7 cm height and thickness smaller than 2 cm. All in all a pretty slim design.
As mentioned in the introduction the most eye catching hardware aspect is the the curved ergonomic design, that follows the natural angle of your arms and wrists. In practice this is a nice feature, but personally I don’t notice the difference with for example the keyboard from my Lenovo ThinkPad T490 which hasn’t the curved keyboard design.
The edge around the keys is glossy, vulnerable for leaving fingerprints. The surface of the keys have a mat finish. In the top right corner you can see a low battery indicator and in the top left corner a Microsoft logo.
Key layout on the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard
One of the most important aspects of a keyboard is the key layout.
Windows 10 shortcut keys
The Microsoft Sculpt Bluetooth keyboard comes not only with a Windows (start) key, but also with a complete row of “Windows 8 shortcut” keys. These are situated on the top row, having the blue icons on the keys. You can quickly control the sound volume, open a search dialog box, enter the settings menu, simply switch screens or set your second screen settings. For a more extensive list of Windows 10 shortcuts please read: List of all Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts: The ultimate guide | Windows Central
Other remarkable key positions
Personally I need to get used to the position of the FN-key on the right from the space bar. On most notebooks that I’ve used the FN-key was situated on the left side of the space bar. Luckily there are two Alt-keys and two Crtl-keys on the keyboard (a set on each side of the space bar.
The PgUp and PgDn keys are placed in the bottom area on the right of the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile keyboard and not directly near the Home and End keys. Furthermore there is no Insert key available on this Bluetooth keyboard.
When you look at the backside you can see a thickening in the upper part. This will bulge will result in a slight upward tilt of the keyboard, that improves typing comfort in my honest opinion.
From left to right you can see the on/off switch, the Bluetooth pairing switch, the battery cover that hides the AAA batteries and the locking mechanism of the battery cover.
Furthermore you can see rubber feet around the backside of Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard that provide a solid grip on your desk.
Pairing the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard
Pairing the keyboard with my Lenovo ThinkPad T490 is really easy.
- Make sure Bluetooth is turned on the device to connect the keyboard to, in my case a Lenovo ThinkPad T490;
- Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard with the on/off switch on the backside;
- Simply press the Bluetooth pairing switch on the backside of the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile keyboard;
- Follow the verification steps in the Bluetooth pairing process and start typing;
Concluding thoughts and wrap-up
I purchased the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard to be the perfect companion for my media center. The keyboard feels solid and perfectly suits its need, while the ergonomic features simply grows on you but it is not something you experience directly. 😉
I’ve purchased the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard at Staples for only € 25,00 which is a more than reasonable price for the quality of hardware you get. The battery life so far is really good, I’m still using the first pair of AAA batteries in roughly 2 months.
I just use the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Bluetooth keyboard on my desk connected to my Lenovo T490 or on the couch when connected to my media center. That means I’m not taking this keyboard with me on the go, for that scenario I would use the Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard, which is smaller and lighter.
Overall this is a great purchase that helps me to be productive in my home office.