The EVGA Z15 is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard that's hot-swappable, so you can swap out the switches for a feel or brand that you prefer. It has outstandingly low latency, among the lowest we've measured. It has customizable RGB backlighting, dedicated media keys, a volume control wheel, and you can set macros to any key. While it doesn't have a USB passthrough or dedicated macro keys, there's a similar model called the EVGA Z20 that does, but it isn't hot-swappable. Unfortunately, it uses ABS keycaps that are prone to developing shine from finger oils. Also, the gamer-forward keycap font and the large EVGA branding plate at the top of the board may bother some people.
The EVGA Z15 is incredible for gaming. This very well-built keyboard has an outstandingly low click latency and is one of the lowest we've tested. All of its keys are macro-programmable, and you can control the RGB backlighting on a per-key basis. The clicky Kailh Speed Bronze switches on our unit feel light and responsive, and the pre-travel distance is shorter than on some other clicky switches. Since the board is hot-swappable, you can also swap out the switches for any feel you prefer.
The EVGA Z15 is a wired keyboard and isn't designed to be used with mobile devices or tablets.
The EVGA Z15 is very good for office use. This very well-built keyboard has two incline settings and comes with a wrist rest, so it shouldn't cause much fatigue when typing for long periods. While the clicky Kailh Speed Bronze switches on our unit might be too loud for an office, the board is available with linear switches that should be quieter. Also, the board is hot-swappable, so you can swap out the switches for any feel you prefer.
The EVGA Z15 is very good for programming. It's a well-built keyboard that feels comfortable to type on thanks to its incline settings and included wrist rest. All of its keys are macro-programmable, and it has customizable RGB backlighting. The clicky Kailh Speed Bronze switches on our unit feel light and responsive, but the pre-travel distance is shorter than on some other clicky switches, so it may cause some accidental keystrokes. The board is also available with linear switches. Since the board is hot-swappable, you can swap out the switches for any feel you prefer.
The EVGA Z15 isn't ideal for home theater PC setups since it's a wired keyboard. It lacks a trackpad, so you need a mouse on the side to navigate the user interface. On the plus side, it does have RGB backlighting, dedicated media keys, and a volume control wheel.
The EVGA Z15 feels very well-built. Its plastic base and brushed metal plate feel sturdy and exhibit very little flex. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel nice for ABS plastic, but since they pick up oil more easily than PBT plastic, they're prone to shine. The stabilizers feel very stable, and even the large keys don't wobble much. The feet are grippy enough to prevent the board from moving unintentionally, and they don't collapse when you push it forwards.
The EVGA Z15 has good ergonomics. It's a straight board with two incline settings and slightly curved keycaps. It comes with a magnetically-attached hard plastic wrist rest that helps a bit with posture, but it isn't plushy like the wrist rest on the EVGA Z20. However, it should still feel comfortable enough to not cause fatigue during long periods of typing.
The EVGA Z15 has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can customize effects and colors using the EVGA Unleash RGB software. It's good at color mixing, but green and blue light reflects off of the keycaps, which can get annoying if you only want to see white backlighting.
It comes with a standard braided cable that's fairly thin and retains kinks.
Using the EVGA Unleash RGB software, you can set macros to any key on the board. There are dedicated media keys above the numpad which includes a volume wheel. You can put the keyboard into game mode by pressing Fn + G, which disables the Windows key to prevent you from accidentally minimizing your game. Unlike the EVGA Z20, it doesn't have a USB passthrough, a 3.5mm audio jack, or a time-of-flight sensor, but it is hot-swappable.
The EVGA Z15 variant we tested uses Kailh Speed Bronze switches, which feel light and responsive. The pre-travel distance is much shorter than other clicky switches, which may cause you to accidentally actuate keys if you're not used to the sensitivity.
If you don't like the clicky feel, it's also available with Kailh Speed Silver switches, which are linear and don't provide any tactile feedback. If you're unsure which feel you like, the board is hot-swappable, so you can easily swap them out for any three-pin switches you prefer. EVGA also has a non-mechanical version, the EVGA Z12, if you don't like the feel of the mechanical switches at all.
The EVGA Z15 has very good typing quality. The keycaps feel pretty good for ABS, although they may be prone to shine. All of the keys feel quite stable, and even the bigger keys, like the Spacebar, Enter, and Shift keys, don't wobble. The Kailh Speed Bronze switches offer nice tactile feedback, but the short pre-travel distance is shorter than on most clicky switches, which may cause you to accidentally actuate some keys if you aren't used to the sensitivity. While it does come with a wrist rest, it isn't very plushy since it's made of hard plastic with a leatherette cover, which may not feel comfortable to some people.
The Kailh Speed Bronze switches on our unit are loud and may bother those around you, especially in a noise-sensitive environment. This keyboard is also available with Kailh Speed Silver switches, which should be quieter.
The EVGA Z15 has an exceptionally low click latency that should feel responsive enough even for competitive gamers.
While most keyboards have a polling rate of 1000Hz, this keyboard can also be set to 2000Hz or 4000Hz, so we tested it at its maximum polling rate. We didn't test it at lower than 4000Hz, but we expect that the latency should be higher, although not by much.
The EVGA Unleash RGB software offers a lot of customization options. While the interface itself is fairly clunky and feels less refined than some other programs, setting macros and changing the RGB backlighting should be easy enough to figure out.
The EVGA Z15 is fully compatible with Windows, and only the Pause Break and Scroll Lock buttons don't work on macOS. Since the software is only available on Windows, you can't set macros or change the backlighting effects on macOS or Linux.
We tested the EVGA Z15 in black with Kailh Speed Bronze clicky switches, but it's also available with Kailh Speed Silver linear switches. While it doesn't have any variants, the EVGA Z20 is a very similar board but has extra features, like dedicated macro keys, a USB and audio passthrough, and a time-of-flight sensor; however, it isn't hot-swappable like the Z15. You can see the label of our unit here.
The EVGA Z15 is a fantastic gaming keyboard, especially for its price point. It has one of the lowest latency measurements we've tested, almost as low as the Corsair K100 RGB. While it doesn't have as many switch options as some other gaming keyboards, it is hot-swappable, meaning you can easily swap out the switches for the brand or feel that you prefer.
The EVGA Z15 and the EVGA Z20 are both fantastic wired gaming keyboards with very similar designs, but there are a few differences. The Z20 has dedicated macro keys, a USB and audio passthrough, and a unique time-of-flight sensor that you can program to perform certain functions when you approach or move away from your keyboard. It's available with linear or clicky Light Strike LK Optical switches. On the other hand, the Z15 is a hot-swappable board that lets you easily swap out the switches without needing to solder anything. It's also available with clicky Kailh Speed Bronze and linear Speed Silver switches.
The EVGA Z15 and the Corsair K100 RGB are both fantastic wired gaming keyboards. They both have fully customizable RGB backlighting, dedicated media keys, a volume control wheel, and all of their keys are macro-programmable. However, the Corsair also has a USB passthrough and a programmable multi-function dial. It also has slightly lower latency, although the difference isn't significant enough to be noticeable. On the other hand, if you like the option of changing the switches whenever you want, the EVGA is hot-swappable.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the EVGA Z15 are both fantastic wired gaming keyboards. The SteelSeries uses proprietary OmniPoint linear switches, which let you customize the pre-travel distance of every key. Also, it has a small, customizable OLED screen that lets you access keyboard functions or even display game stats, CPU operations, and gifs. Unfortunately, it isn't available with other switch types. On the other hand, the EVGA is available in more switch types. It's a hot-swappable board that lets you replace the stock switches with any type you prefer. It also has one of the lowest latencies we've tested.
The EVGA Z15 is much better overall than the EVGA Z12 mainly because it's higher-end, meaning it has more features. The Z15 is a mechanical keyboard available with linear and clicky switches, while the Z12 is non-mechanical and has rubber dome switches. The Z15 feels better built, comes with a wrist rest, has individually lit keys, and the latency is much lower. One of the few advantages the Z12 has over the Z15 is that it has extra macro keys, but you can reprogram any key on both.
The EVGA Z15 and the Razer BlackWidow Elite are both fantastic wired gaming keyboards. They both have dedicated media keys and a volume control wheel, and all of their keys are macro-programmable. The Razer is available with clicky Razer Green, tactile Orange, and linear Yellow switches, while the EVGA is available with clicky Kailh Speed Bronze and linear Speed Silver switches. Also, the EVGA is a better option if you like to easily swap out the switches for other ones whenever you want since the board is hot-swappable. While they both have incredibly low latencies, the EVGA's is lower and is among the lowest we've tested.