We were lucky to get an early peek at the X-Bows Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard and now running a giveaway to send this keyboard on to one lucky winner! Their Kickstarter campaign ended successfully so those that ordered so start getting their keyboards early 2018. But….one lucky winner will get one this year. Just use the widget below to enter. We’ll pick a random winner and reach out to get your mailing address. We’ll include shipping to any U.S. address. If the winner is from a different country, we’ll just ask the winner to cover the difference in shipping costs to the winner’s country.
The X-Bows is a USB ergonomic keyboard with mechanical keys. It’s compact but offers a full keyboard experience and works across Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, and Linux machines. What is unique about this keyboard is what the company calls a “cross bow radial design” where the keys are arranged in a pattern to reduce the amount of lateral movement your wrist and fingers need to travel to type. If you use this keyboard properly, you can do the vast majority of your typing without needing to move your wrist around laterally. Read our full review of the X-Bows keyboard on our site. Below is our video review.
Our bottom line for this keyboard: Overall, I can tell the company that makes this keyboard spent a ton of time in meetings working out details. They created a unique design with enough attention to detail to show they wanted to balance ergonomics with cool design, like the font choice on the keys and the standard USB-C connector port.
If you are ready to commit to learn how to re-type in a healthier position and don’t mind typing really slow for a day and then slowly building back up to and maybe even faster than your original typing speed, this is a good keyboard to consider. I am a bit torn. I like the compactness of this keyboard but if I start to use as my daily driver I will need to get a couple so I can have one at work and one in my home office. This is definitely one of the boldest compact designs I have ever seen.
This one is priced between $99 and $129 which is a really good price for an ergonomic keyboard with mechanical keys. For a comparison, you can check out our review of Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard which has mechanical keys and costs about twice as much. You do get the split design and wrist rest for that price. You can get non-ergonomic mechanical keyboards with backlighting for $75 or so on Amazon but you won’t get good ergonomics.
Oh for those of you worried about crowdfunding projects, this one is pretty real. The build is already solid and I have been using this for a couple of weeks. I have been burned on Kickstarter projects in the past and don’t think this one is going to fail to deliver.
I recommend this keyboard for its ergonomics, compactness, and value pricing. Without a doubt, you are going to have a keyboard that is bound to attract attention wherever you use it. If that is not your thing, steer clear. However, if you consider yourself an ergonomic ambassador you are going to strike up a ton of conversations when people see this keyboard. Having used and love split keyboards for quite some time, I personally am leaning towards keeping split keyboards for my daily driver. Who knows…going to give this keyboard another couple of weeks. My boys certainly want me to continue using the coolest keyboard in the world.