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ErgoDox EZ Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 17, 2020 at 07:40 am
ErgoDox EZ Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
8.0
Mixed usage
8.2
Gaming
1.8
Mobile/Tablet
8.9
Office
7.7
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The ErgoDox EZ is a very unique professional mechanical keyboard. It has a fully split ergonomic design with two halves that can be set at pretty much any angle thanks to the three rotating feet on each half. It features blank keycaps so you can program any command and create a layout that's best suited for you. You can also create up to 32 layers on a single profile which gives you amazing customization options. It's also available in a wide variety of Cherry MX and Kailh switches, and the board allows you to switch the switches out without soldering, which is great.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed usage

The ErgoDox EZ is a great and versatile keyboard. Its design is made to put you in the most comfortable typing position for you. It's well-built and is available in many different mechanical switches, which are also great for gaming. This keyboard aims to be great at everything, especially for professionals who spent a lot of time in front of their computers every day.

8.2 Gaming

The ErgoDox EZ is a great gaming keyboard, although its not necessarily aimed for this use case. It's 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 has it.

See our Gaming recommendations
1.8 Mobile/Tablet

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

8.9 Office

The ErgoDox EZ is an amazing keyboard for the office. While its layout and all its customization options might be a bit hard to get used to, this keyboard has tremendous ergonomics and provide a great overall typing quality. Its goal is for you to type all day with minimal finger travel and without wrist strain.

See our Office recommendations
7.7 Programming

The ErgoDox EZ is great for programming. It's comfortable to type on during workdays and it offers a great overall typing experience, although it'll take you some time to get used to the complexity of the board.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 8.0 Mixed usage
  • 8.2 Gaming
  • 1.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.9 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
Pros
  • Very solid and durable build.
  • Available in a wide variety of switches.
  • Endless keybinding customization.
  • Tremendous ergonomic design.
Cons
  • No backlighting.
  • No wireless compatibility.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.2" (3.2 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.1 cm)
Depth 6.7" (17.1 cm)
Weight 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)

The ErgoDox EZ is made from two small halves, but by design, you can separate them quite a lot, so it could take more space than a typical keyboard. 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

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 key switches if you want to replace them easily, which is great. Unfortunately, the cables have generic markings and look rather cheap, but they can easily be replaced.

9.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Incline Settings
99
Wrist Rest Detachable

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

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Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
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
Detachable
Yes
Length 7.3 ft (2.2 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Mini USB

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

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

This keyboard is wired-only, so it can't be used wirelessly.

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

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
  • 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
Actuation Force
43.5 gf
Pre-Travel
2.15 mm
Total Travel
4.12 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 have the audible feedback of clicky switches.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality of this keyboard 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.

Software and Operating System
10
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Ergodox EZ Configurator
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
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 different inputs depending on a single tap or if you're holding down a key for two different commands. The keyboard also has Hyper and Meh keys, which are just additional modifier functions for you to be able to have even more programmability to each of your keys on each of your layers.

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 that you can create the keyboard that suits your needs. The board is 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 key switches you choose.

Compared to other keyboards

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

Matias Ergo Pro
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B&H

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 EZ.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard
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B&H

The ErgoDox EZ is a very different keyboard than the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. The ErgoDox has a fully split design, while the K860 has a curved board with a partially split key layout. If you want customization options and a unique experience, go for the EZ keyboard, but if you want a more straightforward and easier learning curve, go for the Logitech.

Dygma Raise
Unavailable
B&H

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 Pro
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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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