The Moonlander Ergonomic Keyboard: 3 months later

What I really wanted to know when I bought this mechanical keyboard was if the white Moonlander would get dirty with use.

Here are my keyboard halves after 3 months of regular use. I don’t usually eat at my desk, especially if it’s something that will leave a residue on my fingers (no Cheeto fingers!), but after a few weeks, I stopped being as careful.

I’m right-handed, and you can see in the photos below that the right side shows much more dirt than the left side. Overall, the white Moonlander doesn’t seem to get as dirty as I would expect, but it also depends on your personal habits. I make a point to wash my hands before I sit down at my desk and I step away to eat meals, so your mileage may vary if you eat at your desk.


The palm rests don’t show any dirt or grease, which is different from the other keyboards I’ve had in the past. You can see All the Ergonomic Keyboards I’ve Tried for Mac for the wear and tear on the Microsoft Sculpt’s palm rests.


Overall, the dirt isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, they weren’t even dirty enough for me to bother cleaning them yet. If you really like things pristine, you might want to consider if you want to clean your keys every 3 months or so.

I was considering buying the black Moonlander just to avoid having a perpetually dirty keyboard, but I liked the white one enough to bet on it, and I’m glad I did!

When I’m ready to clean them, the keys are easy enough to pop off with the key puller ZSA included with the Moonlander, and my keeb friend said a alcohol wipes are great for cleaning keys. Or if I’m too lazy to take the keys off, I might unplug it and use isopropyl alcohol with cotton-tipped swabs to swipe the tops instead.

If you’re interested in more about my experience with the ZSA Moonlander Ergonomic Keyboard, check out the following: