ErgoDox EZ Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 17, 2020 at 07:40 am
ErgoDox EZ Picture
7.6
Gaming
3.4
Mobile/Tablet
9.0
Office
7.6
Programming
3.7
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The ErgoDox EZ is a very unique mechanical keyboard. It has a fully split ergonomic design that lets you position the two halves for maximum comfort. They can be set at nearly any incline thanks to their rotating feet, and there are wrist rests for both included in the box. It features blank keycaps so that you can program any command and create a layout that's best suited for you. You can also create up to 32 layers of keybinds in a single profile, which gives you amazing customization options. It's available in a wide variety of Cherry MX and Kailh switches, and the board allows you to swap the switches out without soldering, which is great.

Our Verdict

7.6 Gaming

The ErgoDox EZ is great for gaming, although it's not necessarily aimed for this use. Its build quality is great, and it's available in many different switches to better suit your preference. You can also set many macros and have up to 32 layers as well. Unfortunately, it lacks RGB lighting, although there's a variant that does have it.

Pros
  • Tons of customization options.
  • Exceptional ergonomic design.
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
3.4 Mobile/Tablet

The ErgoDox EZ isn't designed to work with mobile devices and tablets.

9.0 Office

The ErgoDox EZ is an amazing keyboard for the office. While its layout and customization options might be a bit hard to get used to, this keyboard has exceptional ergonomics and provide an excellent overall typing experience. Typing noise is minimal with Cherry MX Brown switches, so it shouldn't bother others around you, although this depends on the switch that you get.

Pros
  • Exceptional ergonomic design.
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
7.6 Programming

The ErgoDox EZ is great for programming. It's comfortable to type on for long periods, and it offers a great overall typing experience, although it'll take you some time to get used to the layout. Every key is programmable, and it's fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Pros
  • Tons of customization options.
  • Exceptional ergonomic design.
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
  • No wireless connectivity.
3.7 Entertainment / HTPC

The ErgoDox EZ is bad for use with a home theater PC. It's a wired-only keyboard, which means you might need to run a cable across the room. Also, it lacks a trackpad, so you need a separate mouse to navigate. While its split layout is amazing for ergonomics, it might be hard to use unless you have some sort of lapboard or have it set on the coffee table. Unfortunately, there's no backlighting, making it hard to see the keys when viewing or gaming in the dark.

Pros
  • Exceptional ergonomic design.
  • Excellent typing experience.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
  • No wireless connectivity.
  • No trackpad.
  • 7.6 Gaming
  • 3.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 9.0 Office
  • 7.6 Programming
  • 3.7 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Apr 15, 2021: Corrected error about the key layout name.
  2. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Mar 17, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Mar 12, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.2" (3.2 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.1 cm)
Depth
6.7" (17.1 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.4" (24.0 cm)
Weight
1.98 lbs (0.900 kg)

The ErgoDox EZ is made from two small halves, so it can take more space than a typical keyboard if you place them far apart. The cable linking the two halves is about 70cm (27.5 inches) long. It will also take more space if you use the included wrist rests.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

This keyboard is very well-built and should last you a while. The frame feels solid, and the feet feel durable. The board is built in a way that allows you to change your keycaps and switches easily, which is great. Unfortunately, the cables have generic markings and look rather cheap, but they can be easily replaced.

9.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Minimum Incline
-15°
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
20°
Wrist Rest Detachable

The ErgoDox EZ is one of the most ergonomic keyboards we've tested. It's split into two halves that you can place wherever you want so you can type comfortably. Each half has three feet with 16 notches below the plane of the keyboard, which allows for plenty of different incline configurations. Also, the feet come with O-rings, which get rid of the notches, meaning you basically have an infinite number of different incline possibilities. Each half also has its own dense rubber wrist rest. The board features a columnar-staggered key layout, which aims to reduce finger travel and fatigue, although we don't have a test for this.

0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color
No Backlighting
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
No Backlighting
Effects
No
Programmable
No

This keyboard doesn't have backlighting, although there are other EZ models with underglow or full RGB lighting called the EZ Shine and the EZ Glow respectively. You can also take a look at the Dygma Raise, which has individually-lit keys.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 7.3 ft (2.2 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Mini USB

The cable that connects to your PC is very long, so it should easily reach your desktop. The cable is detachable, which means you can easily replace it if you want, but note that it has a mini-USB connector on the keyboard side.

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

It's wired-only, so it can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The ErgoDox EZ is a pretty unique keyboard when it comes to features. It has plenty of unmarked keycaps as it's designed to be customized the way you want. By default, the media keys are set to a certain input, but you can easily change it the way you want. Even if it doesn't have a dedicated numpad, you can still access one by switching layers. The amount of macros or customized inputs you can create is outstanding.

Design
In The Box

  • ErgoDox EZ keyboard
  • 2x half wrist rests
  • USB-A to Mini-USB cable
  • TRRS cable
  • Keycap puller
  • F and J keys without tactile bumps
  • O-rings

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
59 gf
Actuation Force
44 gf
Pre-Travel
2.1 mm
Total Travel
4.1 mm

Our unit has Cherry MX Brown switches, but this keyboard is available in a wide variety of Cherry Mx and Kailh switches. The Cherry MX Brown switches have a nice tactile bump but don't provide any audio feedback like clicky switches. They have a short pre-travel distance and light operating force, making them feel light and responsive.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality is amazing. The textured PBT keycaps feel great to touch and are stable. You can easily customize the board to put inputs wherever you feel more comfortable typing. The learning curve with this keyboard is pretty steep, but it's designed to be customized so it suits your needs exactly and makes it comfortable and enjoyable to type on for hours.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Cherry MX Brown switches are fairly quiet and should be fine for an open office. However, the board is available in multiple different key switches, including clicky ones, which might be a bit loud for people surrounding you.

8.5
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
6.9 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The ErgoDox Ez's latency is excellent; you shouldn't feel any delay while on the desktop or gaming.

Software and Operating System
10
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Ergodox EZ Configurator
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Okay
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The ErgoDox EZ configurator isn't your typical software app for customization. You need to use an online configurator to reprogram keys, then export a .hex file through the 'Wally EZ Flash Tool' and then use a paperclip to click the reset button of the keyboard to install the new programmed layouts. Technically, only one profile can be set on the keyboard onboard memory, but this profile can have up to 32 different layers of different keybinds. You can also set it to perform different commands depending on whether you use a single press or hold down a key. The keyboard also has Hyper and Meh keys, which are just additional modifier functions to give you even more programmability.

Default Layout


Wally EZ Flash Tool

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

This wired keyboard has amazing compatibility with Windows, macOS, and Linux. The software includes specific keys and functionalities for each operating system, so you can program it for any platform you're using.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ErgoDox EZ is designed so you can create the keyboard that suits your needs. It's available in a very wide variety of switches, some models have RGB lighting, and you can even simply buy the board itself, without a lift kit or the wrist rests. You can get printed keycaps, blank keycaps, or even go without any keycaps and buy a different set on your own. This means that there are a lot of different variants of this keyboard available. While this review is only valid for our unit, most of it should still be valid for any configuration. However, the overall typing experience will greatly differ depending on the switches you choose.

Compared To Other Keyboards

This keyboard is unique and aims to be the ultimate professional mechanical ergonomic keyboard. It offers a few more features than similar fully split keyboards like the Kinesis Freestyle Pro or the Matias Ergo Pro and has columnar-staggered keys. You can have up to 32 layers of different keybindings, and each key can have two inputs. See our recommendations for the best ergonomic keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best keyboards for programming.

ZSA Moonlander

The ErgoDox EZ and the ZSA Moonlander are both fully split mechanical keyboards. Built by the same maker, both boards are designed with ergonomics in mind. You can place each half in a position that feels most comfortable for you. There are also many different incline configurations thanks to the rotating incline feet. Also, both boards are hot-swappable, extremely customizable through their configurator software, and you can set macros to any key; however, the ZSA has a five-character limit, which may be annoying if you need longer strings. While our ErgoDox unit doesn't have RGB backlighting like the ZSA, there are variants that do. The biggest differences are that the ZSA's thumb clusters are moveable, which provides more incline options, and it has fewer keys. Also, the ZSA's latency is much higher, so it isn't as good of a choice for gaming.

Dygma Raise

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. Comparatively, the ErgoDox has better ergonomics due to its incline settings and columnar-stagger key layout, and its customization software has more features available.

Matias Ergo Pro

The ErgoDox EZ is a much better ergonomic keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. It's better built, has more incline positions, and overall simply offers more options. The Matias also completely lacks software, although it might be a bit easier to get used to typing on this keyboard than the ErgoDox.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB

The ErgoDox EZ is a better ergonomic keyboard than the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB thanks to its better ergonomics, build quality and wider selection of switches. The ErgoDox also has a lot more customization options but might be a lot harder to learn. The Kinesis has RGB lighting, while our unit of the ErgoDox doesn't have any, although there are variants that have it.

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard

The ErgoDox EZ is a very different keyboard than the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. The ErgoDox is a wired mechanical keyboard with a fully split layout, while the Logitech is a wireless keyboard with scissor switches and a partially split layout. The ErgoDox has macro-programmable keys, lower latency, and provides a better typing experience. On the other hand, the Logitech has multi-device pairing, which the ErgoDox lacks.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro

The ErgoDox EZ is a better ergonomic keyboard than the Kinesis Freestyle Pro. It feels better built, has a wider switch variety, and has incredible ergonomics. However, it might be noticeably harder to get used to than the Kinesis.

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