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Adesso Tru-Form 150 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 28, 2020 at 08:29 am
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5.2
Mixed usage
4.6
Gaming
2.1
Mobile/Tablet
6.2
Office
5.1
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Adesso Tru-Form 150 is a passable keyboard for office use, but it doesn't perform well for any other type of use. It has a split keyboard design with a built-in wrist rest, aimed at better ergonomics, but with a disappointing build quality, it feels cheap and not very ergonomical. There are a number of media keys on top, but not all of them are compatible on macOS and Linux systems. The rubber dome switches are quiet for an office environment, the typing quality is rather poor, and it's easy to make typos with it. Although there's a multi-color backlighting with three different colors, gamers will be unhappy with the lack of individually-lit keys.

Our Verdict

5.2 Mixed usage

Overall, this is a disappointing keyboard. The Adesso Tru-Form 150 has an ergonomic design, but with a sub-par build quality, it feels cheap and doesn't have the ergonomics you might expect from a split keyboard design. The typing quality is poor, it's easy to make mistakes, and most keys aren't very responsive. It does have quite a few media and shortcut keys, but without a dedicated software, no keys are programmable. The backlighting is rather disappointing, as it only has three different colors, and you can illuminate the board with only one static color.

Pros
  • A ton of pre-set shortcut keys.
  • Split keyboard design.
Cons
  • Disappointing build quality.
  • Poor typing experience.
  • Multi-color backlighting has limited options.
4.6 Gaming

Bad keyboard for gaming. There aren't any macro programmable keys on the Adesso Tru-Form 150, and the overall build feels cheap. Although there isn't much actuation force needed on the rubber dome switches, the pre-travel distance might be too high for most gamers. In addition, the keys aren't individually backlit, and you can only choose one color to display at the same time.

2.1 Mobile/Tablet

There's no mobile connectivity on the Adesso Tru-Form 150.

6.2 Office

Not a bad keyboard for office use. The Adesso Tru-Form 150 has an ergonomic, split keyboard design with a built-in wrist rest. There are a ton of media and shortcut keys, such as email, browser, or music, that are useful for when you're working. However, the keys don't register immediately and need to be pressed heavily in order to register, so typing on this keyboard can get tiring. The switches are quiet for an office environment, but the keycaps feel cheap and they wobble. On the upside, this keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, and only certain media keys don't work on macOS and Linux.

5.1 Programming

The Adesso Tru-Form 150 is poor for programming. The typing quality is bad and often results in typos when typing fast. The entire keyboard isn't well-built and it slightly bends as well. It's decent for ergonomics, but because of the high pre-travel distance, some people might find it uncomfortable to use for long periods of programming. There are no macro programmable keys, and the multi-color backlighting only has three static options. However, if you program with a Linux or macOS, some shortcuts don't work on these platforms.

  • 5.2 Mixed usage
  • 4.6 Gaming
  • 2.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.2 Office
  • 5.1 Programming

Check Price

Black Tru-Form 150
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Amazon.com

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 19.9" (50.5 cm)
Depth 9.2" (23.4 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Adesso Tru-Form 150 is a full-sized keyboard with a built-in wrist rest. It takes up a decent amount of desk space, but feels light to carry.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

Inadequate build quality. It's made entirely out of a matte plastic, except for a glossy finish around the top of the keyboard. Overall it feels very cheap, the keycaps don't feel nice and are wobbly, plus there's a bit of flex to the keyboard.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest Fixed

It's an okay keyboard for ergonomics. Its split keyboard design is supposed to be ergonomic, but it doesn't feel like that when typing. There are no incline settings and it's difficult to type on. On the upside, the built-in wrist rest is somewhat comfortable. If you prefer a split keyboard with separated halves, check out the Matias Ergo Pro.

5.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color Multi-color
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
No

There's backlighting on this keyboard, but the keys aren't individually lit. Instead, you can set one lighting color (red, green, or blue) at once for the entire keyboard, and you can adjust its brightness on the keyboard. Some keys don't look like they're fully lit when the multi-color lighting is enabled.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The USB cable has a standard length. It's not detachable either.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

The Tru-Form 150 can't be used wireless.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
No

There are a bunch of dedicated media keys on top, plus extra controls such as browser, email, or music.

Design
In The Box

  • Adesso Tru-Form 150
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
38.6 gf
Pre-Travel
2.61 mm
Total Travel
3.82 mm

The Tru-Form 150 uses basic rubber dome switches with a tactile feel. They have a high pre-travel distance, and you can feel some wobbly feedback before it reaches the actuation point, as shown in the graph.

4.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Poor typing quality on the Adesso Tru-Form 150. The keys aren't very responsive and need to be pressed harder, so there's a higher chance of making typos. When you want to correct those errors, the backspace key doesn't register properly and really needs to be pressed. The space bars have the same issues, and overall there's just no fluidity when typing on this keyboard. The enter key on our unit feels stuck, but other units might not have this problem.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

This is a quiet keyboard, and it shouldn't distract people around you.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

There's no dedicated software for the Adesso Tru-Form 150.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard only has full compatibility on Windows. The shortcuts, such as email or browser, don't work on macOS, plus the refresh page button doesn't work on Linux.

Compared to other keyboards

Other ergonomic keyboards, such as the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard, have a much better typing experience and a better ergonomic design. See our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best keyboards for programming, and the best keyboards for writers.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is much better than the Adesso Tru-Form 150. The two have a curved keyboard design, but the Microsoft has a significantly better typing experience, with a lower pre-travel distance, and the keycaps have a better feel. The numeric pad is detached from the keyboard, unlike the Adesso, which has all the keys attached to the keyboard.

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard and the Adesso Tru-Form 150 look similar, but perform quite differently. The Logitech is far superior in almost all aspects, with amazing ergonomics, fantastic wireless versatility, and great typing quality. Even though the actuation force needed on both keyboards is similar, the lower pre-travel distance on the Logitech gives a much smoother experience. However, the Adesso has multi-color illumination.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro
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Amazon.com

The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a much better keyboard than the Adesso Tru-Form 150. It's smaller, so it takes up less space on your desk, but the typing quality is far superior. The Kinesis also has a dedicated software with macro programmable keys. However, it doesn't have any backlighting unlike the Adesso, if you need to use it in a dark environment.

Logitech K350
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BestBuy.com

The Logitech K350 is a better keyboard than the Adesso Tru-Form 150. It's better built and offers a marginally better typing experience, although it's still sub-par. It also offers better ergonomics since it has incline settings and it's also wireless. On the other hand, the Adesso has backlighting, which the K350 lacks.

Matias Ergo Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Matias Ergo Pro is better than the Adesso Tru-Form 150. It has multiple incline settings and a comfortable wrist rest, plus the typing quality is very good. It has a better build quality than the Adesso, but the keycaps still feel cheap and wobble like the Adesso. Neither keyboard has a dedicated software, but the Adesso has a multi-color backlighting and dedicated media keys.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
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BestBuy.com

The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is much better than the Adesso Tru-Form 150. The Surface Ergonomic has a much better build quality, typing quality, and compatibility with different operating systems. The Surface Ergonomic's Bluetooth connection also makes it more versatile, but it doesn't have backlighting, which the Tru-Form 150 has.

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