When comparing SuperCoder 2000 vs Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard, the Slant community recommends SuperCoder 2000 for most people. In the question“What are the best keyboards for programming?” SuperCoder 2000 is ranked 19th while Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is ranked 21st.
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Pro Great for when Assembly offers too much abstraction
The SuperCoder 2000 offers a simple, clean layout without fancy extra features like a numpad or media keys, enjoyed by some people.
Pro Great key spacing for error free code
The spacing between the 0 and 1 keys is larger than traditional keyboards. You'll rarely fatfinger a 0 when you mean to enter a 1.
Pro Air cooled
This keyboard is air-cooled, which means there is no noise generated by cooling fans. This makes it great for quiet work environments where fan noise could be a nuisance.
Pro Minimalistic design
Unlike some other keyboards, the SuperCorder has a clean, simple white look, which can be less distracting and favored over more flashy, gaming-oriented keyboards.
Pro Does not allow for errors
The lack of a delete button forces you to progressively learn how to always produce error-free code. This is an enormous advantage when it comes to the learning process.
Bonus: you can fix logical and mathematical errors with subsequent commands.
Pro Saves desk space
This keyboard has less keys than a standard 104-key keyboard, and thus is smaller and takes up less space on your desk. This makes it great for compact work environments.
Pro Especially good for professional coding
Pro Great for gaming
The 3 key design is perfect for rhythm games such as OSU.
Pro Great tool for truly low level programming
Considering the performance overheads of managed code, go beyond assembly, back to basics.
Pro Vetted by Jeff Dean
Pro Completely universal cross-platform. Programs in any language.
Pro With fewer keys, you are less likely to hit the wrong one
Pro Ergonomically shaped
Our hands naturally rest angled when in front of us, and this keyboard has been built to conform to that, rather than having us awkwardly trying to straighten our hands on a regular flat keyboard, putting strain on our wrists. The keyboard is also curved into a dome shape, which contributes to its ergonomic shape.
Pro Low impact keys
The Sculpt's keys absorb impact quite well, avoiding injuries related to repetitive movements.
Thanks to the scissor switches used, this keyboard is very quiet.
Pro Cushioned palm rest
This keyboard has a comfortable, cushioned palm rest.
Pro Number pad can be placed where it is more convenient
Since the number pad is a separate part from the main keyboard, its position can adjusted and it can be moved out of the way when it isn't being used. This allows for a more ergonomic mouse use, since it can be placed closer to the keyboard, just like in a tenkeyless design.
Pro Clean look and flexible positioning due to wireless connection
This keyboard connects wirelessly to the computer. This offers many benefits, such as a clean, tidy look (no cable mess) or a flexible positioning (greater use range). On top of that, it doesn't occupy one of the ports.
Pro Slider witch for using special functions or media controls
Rather than the usual Fn key that needs to be pressed in combination with other keys to activate said key's secondary functions, the Sculpt has slider switch that does this. This makes it easier to default to those functions.
Con No Caps Lock key
Con No backlit keys
Unfortunately in dark rooms this keyboard becomes increasingly challenging to use. Although, assuming you know how to locate the home key you should be fine. More of a nitpick.
Con Uncomfortable for two-handed use
While working with two hands, this keyboard is too small and key spacing is too narrow.
Con User Security
No password option.
Con No android support
Con No Backspace/Undo
Con Requires powered-on machine for use
Inconvenient for use when you must write code without electrical power or batteries available. Would recommend a pin and magnetic storage medium in that case.
Con No support for Mac OS X
This keyboard offers no software support for Mac OS X. It only works with Windows or Linux operating systems.
Con Can only type binary code
This keyboard is useless for typing anything other than ones and zeros, which makes me wonder why it's even on Slant.
Con Functions keys are not easy to use
The function keys are too small.
Con Less durable than flat keyboards
Because of its shape and thin design, this keyboard will break more easily than the typical, flat rectangular keyboards. This makes it less portable, unless you're very careful.
Con The key switches used aren't ideal for long typing sessions
The switches used are scissor switches, which are the ones used in many laptops. They provide shallow keystrokes which don't give the same feedback as a mechanical keyboard. These keys need to be bottomed out in order to activate, which creates some strain on your finger's joints as they are constantly hitting the bottom of the stroke. Scissor switches are also known to be less accurate than other keyboards.
Con Bad separation of key clusters
The Page Up, Page Down, Home, Insert, End, Delete and Arrow keys are squeezed together, right next to Enter, right Shift and right Control, without any physical barrier/marker to separate the two key clusters. Since this is not an usual layout, it is disorienting for users.
Con Some keys aren't very reliable
Some keys (like Backspace or Enter), if not pressed perfectly perpendicularly, hit the shelf of the frame and get blocked on their way down. This means the stroke isn't registered and, on top of that, feels awkward. On the (slightly) bright side, this awkward feel acts as feedback that the key wasn't fully pressed.