Dygma Raise Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 24, 2020 at 10:07 am
Dygma Raise Picture
8.2
Mixed usage
8.2
Gaming
3.5
Mobile/Tablet
8.9
Office
7.8
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Dygma Raise is an impressive ergonomic gaming keyboard with a split design and hot-swappable mechanical switches. It can be purchased with your preferred type of switches, and you can even mix and match on the same keyboard. There aren't many extra features, but it's one of the most customizable keyboards we've seen. It has individually-lit RGB backlighting along with underglow LED strips, and every key can be reprogrammed. Unfortunately, its customization software is still in development and some features like macro programming aren't available yet. The keyboard can only be purchased directly from Dygma's website, as it isn't currently available at major retailers.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed usage

The Dygma Raise is a great keyboard for most uses. Although it's mainly designed for gaming, it can be used in an office setting and for programming as well. It has an incredible amount of customization options, but programmers and gamers will have to wait a bit for its macro programming feature. Typing on this keyboard isn't fatiguing and you can choose the type of switches that you want if you're concerned about typing noise.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Exceptional ergonomics.
  • Excellent typing experience.
Cons
  • Customization software still in development.
8.2 Gaming

The Dygma Raise is a great gaming keyboard. It can be fitted with the mechanical switches of your choice and it has an outstanding build quality. Its split keyboard design lets you position the two halves for optimal comfort and it has individually-lit keys. While every key can be reprogrammed, macro programming isn't yet available, which might disappoint some MMO gamers.

3.5 Mobile/Tablet

The Dygma Raise is a wired-only keyboard that can't be used with wireless mobile devices. It can be used with tablet-like devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro, as it has a USB port and runs on Windows, but the keyboard is a little too big to carry around.

8.9 Office

The Dygma Raise is an excellent office keyboard. It has outstanding ergonomics, as you can position the keyboard however you like, and it comes with built-in wrist rests. Our Cherry MX Brown unit provides an excellent typing experience, though you can get it with almost any type of mechanical switches that you want. It might take some time to get used to the keyboard's layout, but on the upside, it's compatible with all desktop operating systems.

7.8 Programming

The Dygma Raise is a good keyboard for programming. It's highly customizable, so you can choose the type of switches that best suits you. Its ergonomics are excellent, and you can reprogram any key, with an unlimited amount of profiles. It's fully compatible with all desktop operating systems; however, macro programming isn't available yet.

  • 8.2 Mixed usage
  • 8.2 Gaming
  • 3.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.9 Office
  • 7.8 Programming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.3 cm)
Width 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Depth 8.3" (21.0 cm)
Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)

The Dygma Raise isn't a particularly wide keyboard, as it lacks navigation keys and a NumPad. However, it still takes up a fair amount of space due to the wrist rests and will take more space when the keyboard is split.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Dygma Raise has an outstanding build quality. It has a plastic chassis with an anodized aluminum plate on top for rigidity. There are no obvious gaps or loose parts in its construction, and the two halves of the keyboard are connected by metal pins. Both sides of the keyboard feel solid on their own; however, the board flexes a bit towards the middle when they're connected. The wrist rest pads are removable and washable.

The keyboard can be purchased with your preferred type of mechanical switches, and you can also choose t ABS or PBT keycaps. We tested the keyboard with PBT keycaps, which feel great to type on. The switch for each key can be swapped out, so you can have different switches for different keys. The bottom space bar row comes with swappable low-profile switches.

9.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest Fixed

Outstanding ergonomics. The keyboard can be separated into two halves and placed however you like. There are no incline settings, but most people should be fine without them, as the keyboard has a fairly low profile. The wrist rest pads are removable, which adds a bit of incline, though it won't be as comfortable for some.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

There's full RGB backlighting on this keyboard and the keys are individually-lit. There are also LED strips on the bottom of the keyboard that gives it an underglow. Customization and brightness adjustments are done through the Bazecor software, as the brightness can't be adjusted directly on the keyboard.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.7 ft (1.7 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

The cable comes in two parts. The USB-A to USB-C cable connects the computer to its 'Neuron', which is where the microprocessor and onboard memory are housed. From there, the two USB-C cables connect to the keyboard, and every cable can be replaced. Replacing the USB-C cables that connect to the keyboard for longer ones will provide greater freedom to position the two halves of the keyboard to your liking.

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

The Dygma Raise is a wired-only keyboard.

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

The Dygma Raise has very few extra features, but it's not lacking when it comes to customization options. Every key can be reprogrammed and you can have up to ten layers of customization. You can bind mouse commands to the keyboard, or set multiple commands to a single key by binding them to a specific key press pattern (single press, double press, or a long press).

The switches can be easily swapped out. The keyboard comes with one set of switches plus a few extra ones; additional switches are purchased separately.

There's a way to program macros, but it involves tweaking the open-source Bazecor software, which some may not be comfortable with. We will retest it once an update is available with said feature. If you want a mechanical keyboard with macro programmable keys, look into the Ducky Mecha Mini.

Design
In The Box

  • Dygma Raise Keyboard
  • 2 x USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Dygma Neuron
  • Extra mechanical switches
  • Keycap and switch remover
  • Carrying case
  • Stickers

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
46.0 gf
Pre-Travel
2.32 mm
Total Travel
4.01 mm

The Dygma Raise can be purchased with your preferred type of switches. We tested the Cherry MX Brown, but you can get it with Cherry MX Red (linear and silent), Blue (clicky and tactile), as well as various Kailh switches, including low profile ones (for the bottom space bar row). The Cherry MX Brown switches provide satisfying tactile feedback and requires a bit of force to actuate. The pre-travel distance is slightly higher than the usual 2mm, though it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

9.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience on the Dygma Raise is excellent. The keys are very stable and the PBT keycaps feel solid. It may take some time to get used to the split keyboard design, in addition to the 8-piece space bar. The slightly higher pre-travel distance is great for reducing unintended keystrokes. Typing feels light, and the keyboard's low profile is comfortable and doesn't cause any fatigue. If you're looking for a simple keyboard without any features and outstanding typing quality, check out the IBM Model M.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise with the Cherry MX Brown switches is quiet and it shouldn't bother your surrounding colleagues when used in an office environment. However, it might be louder if you choose clicky switches, as they produce an audible click in addition to the tactile bump.

Software and Operating System
7.5
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Bazecor
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Dygma Raise uses the Bazecor software for customization. It's currently still in development, and there are two versions at the moment: Windows and macOS. This software allows you to reprogram and customize the backlighting of each key, and you can have up to 10 layers of customizations. You can have an unlimited number of profiles, as they're exported as a file to be stored on your hard drive, and you can also import profiles from other users. The developers are working on adding macro programming to the UI and we'll provide an update once it's available.

8.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The Dygma Raise has great compatibility with all desktop operating systems and all keys function properly. Unfortunately, it can't be used with mobile devices.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Dygma Raise can be purchased in various configurations. When ordering, you can choose the color scheme (black or silver), the type of switches you want, and the keycaps are available in a number of languages. You can order the keyboard directly from Dygma's website.

Compared to other keyboards

The Dygma Raise is a great gaming keyboard for those looking for an ergonomic design. There are many keyboards with a split design, but the Dygma stands out with its hot-swappable switches and incredible customization options. Compared to a similar keyboard like the ErgoDox EZ, the Dygma has a significantly better build quality but lacks incline settings. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

ErgoDox EZ
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Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise and the ErgoDox EZ are very similar in certain aspects, but the Dygma is slightly better overall. It has a much better build quality, RGB backlighting, and doubleshot PBT keycaps, although the ErgoDox is available with backlighting and the keycaps are easily replaceable. The ErgoDox has better ergonomics due to its incline settings and ortholinear key layout, and its customization software has more features available.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
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Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise is slightly better than the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. The Dygma provides better ergonomics and typing experience, and it feels better built. However, the Kinesis has a customization software that feels more complete, and it has dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise is much better than the Kinesis Freestyle Pro for most uses. The Dygma is better in almost every aspect and it's a lot more customizable, but the Kinesis has better software support and you can program macros or remap keys directly on the keyboard.

Matias Ergo Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise is significantly better than the Matias Ergo Pro. The Dygma has a better build quality, ergonomics, and it has RGB backlighting. It's also much more customizable and it has software support. The Matias Ergo Pro has incline settings though, which the Dygma doesn't have.

Ducky Mecha Mini
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise is a better keyboard than the Ducky Mecha Mini. The Dygma is a split keyboard, you can place the two halves how you like, and it comes with a wrist rest. Although the Mecha Mini doesn't come with dedicated software like the Dygma, all keys are macro programmable on this keyboard. 

IBM Model M
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dygma Raise is a much better keyboard than the IBM Model M. Comparing these two is proof of just how far technology has evolved. The Dygma is a split keyboard and you can customize every key with up to 10 layers of customization. It has individually-lit keys and there are LED lights underneath it that give it an underglow. The typing quality between the two keyboards is the same, but the Model M is full-sized, so it has more keys, such as a number pad.

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