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Microsoft intros Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, left end of the space bar can be used as a backspace key

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Microsoft intros Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, left end of the space bar can be programmed as a backspace key

Over the summer, Microsoft took a break from showing off Windows 8 hybrids and turned its attention to unleashing a bunch of portable mice and keyboards. Turns out, Redmond wasn’t quite done refreshing its accessories collection: the company just announced the Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, a full-size desktop model meant to complement all those mobile products announced back in July. Like some of Microsoft’s older keyboards, it makes use of the company’s ergonomically friendly Comfort Curve layout.

In this case, though, there’s a split space bar, whose left end can be programmed as a backspace key (Microsoft’s rationale is that your fingers are constantly near the space bar anyway). Additionally, there’s a padded palm rest, which you can detach if for some reason the extra cushioning isn’t doing anything for your wrists. And, being a Microsoft-made keyboard, you’ll find Windows hotkeys — specifically, keys that correspond to new features in Win 8, like the Charm Bar. Speaking of the sort, you can use the keyboard with Windows 7, 8 and Vista, meaning those of you still using XP are out of luck. It will be available “soon,” according to Microsoft, at which point it’ll sell for $60.

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