Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 06, 2020 at 08:12 am
Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard Picture
6.3
Gaming
6.0
Mobile/Tablet
8.8
Office
7.1
Programming
5.4
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech ERGO K860 is a nice ergonomic keyboard with a curved design. While this type of layout might take some time to get used to, it reduces wrist strain and is very comfortable to type on once you get it right. The board is well-built and features negative angled feet as well. It features typical scissor switches, which are very similar to the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 or the Logitech MX Keys.

Our Verdict

6.3 Gaming

The Logitech ERGO K860 isn't designed for gaming. The scissor switches have a low actuation force and short pre-travel, but they require a lot of force to get past the pre-actuation bump. Also, the latency is fairly high.

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Great typing quality.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
  • No backlighting.
  • Latency too high for gaming.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
6.0 Mobile/Tablet

While the Logitech K860 can be connected to mobile devices via Bluetooth, the board is very large and heavy, which doesn't make for a very travel-friendly keyboard. Its curved design might be a bit hard to fit in a backpack, but if you bring it around separately, it can be very useful.

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Exceptional wireless compatibility.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
  • Large size.
8.8 Office

The Logitech K860 is an excellent ergonomic keyboard for the office. If you find yourself having a lot of wrist pain, a curved board with a negative angle can help. The typing noise is also kept to a minimum, so you won't bother people around you. It might take some time to get used to the key layout, but it's quite efficient once you get it down.

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Exceptional wireless compatibility.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
7.1 Programming

The Logitech ERGO K860 is just an okay programming keyboard. You can't set any macros and the board doesn't have any backlighting. On the upside, it provides a great typing experience and has an excellent ergonomic design.

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Exceptional wireless compatibility.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
  • No backlighting.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
5.4 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech ERGO K860 is inadequate for use with a home theater PC. It has wireless connectivity so that you don't have a cable running from the couch to the computer. However, there's no trackpad to navigate the user interface. Also, it lacks backlighting, making it hard to see the keys in the dark.

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Exceptional wireless compatibility.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
  • No backlighting.
  • Large size.
  • No trackpad.
  • 6.3 Gaming
  • 6.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.8 Office
  • 7.1 Programming
  • 5.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Width 17.9" (45.5 cm)
Depth
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Weight
2.43 lbs (1.100 kg)

The Logitech ERGO K860 is a rather large keyboard due to its full-size design, and it also features a non-detachable wrist rest, which makes it take even more space on your desk.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Logitech K860's build quality is good. This all-plastic board has a little bit of flex, but it doesn't feel like it's cheap enough to break. The non-detachable wrist rest is very comfortable and feels high-end. The keys are pad printed, and while they feel a bit different than the Logitech MX Keys, they aren't too cheaply made. If you want a similar ergonomic keyboard with a better build quality, check out the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard.

9.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
-6°
Maximum Incline
-9°
Wrist Rest Fixed

The Logitech K860's ergonomics are exceptional. The board is curved, with two different key sections for your hands. It might feel odd at first and take some time to get used to it, but when you do, this keyboard feels very comfortable. It has a fixed wrist rest that's well-padded, and it has two incline settings to create a negative angle to relieve some stress on your wrists. If you prefer a keyboard that's split in two halves, check out the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. If you'd prefer a split keyboard with near-infinite incline settings, check out the ZSA Moonlander.

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 any backlighting.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side)
No Cable

This keyboard is wireless-only and doesn't have a cable.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AAA

This keyboard has outstanding wireless versatility. You can connect the keyboard to your computer using the USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It pairs flawlessly with any Bluetooth-capable device, but we did have a few issues with its receiver where the keyboard would keep connecting and disconnecting on its own. On the upside, you can connect to three devices simultaneously and easily switch between them.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

Right out of the box, the Logitech ERGO K860's media keys are dedicated but double as function keys as well. There are also a few programmable keys, but you have to choose between preset options, and can't create your own macros.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech ERGO K860 keyboard
  • USB receiver
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
69 gf
Actuation Force
40 gf
Pre-Travel
1.5 mm
Total Travel
2.2 mm

The Logitech ERGO K860 features typical tactile scissor switches, just like the MX Keys and the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. It has a noticeable bump before actuation that requires quite a lot of force. Also, it has a slightly longer total travel distance than those two, but most people won't notice it. If you prefer a mechanical keyboard, check out the Kinesis FreeStyle Pro.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience is great but might feel a bit odd for some people at first. The layout of the keys isn't typical and they are separated in a way where you're obligated to type the "right way". The amount of typos at first is higher than usual but greatly reduces after the short amount of time that it takes to get used to the layout and shape.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

Like most keyboards with scissor switches, the Logitech ERGO K860's scissor switches are very quiet and shouldn't bother people surrounding you.

6.3
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
26.4 ms
Latency Bluetooth
26.2 ms

The latency is fairly high over the USB receiver and Bluetooth. It should be fine for general desktop use, but not recommended for gaming.

Software and Operating System
5.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

You can set different layouts depending on the application you're using and can customize some keys with a list of preset commands. Also, this keyboard is recognized by the software if you use it with its receiver or via Bluetooth, which is great.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

Thanks to its Bluetooth connection and USB receiver, this keyboard is almost fully compatible with all platforms. Only a few keys don't work on each of the operating systems other than Windows, but this won't impact most people, as all alphanumerical keys work.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard in gray, and there are no other variants.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech K860 is an ergonomic wireless curved keyboard that aims to reduce wrist strain during long typing periods. It's very comfortable to type on, but its split layout might take a while to get used to. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best ergonomic keyboards.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard and the Logitech MX Keys are very different. The K860 is a split keyboard that includes a fixed wrist rest, while the MX Keys has a straight board design. Both keyboards have wireless connectivity and multi-device pairing, but only the MX Keys has backlighting. They both provide a great typing experience; however, the K860's keys require a bit more force to actuate, and it might take longer to get used to its split layout.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is much better than the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. The Logitech is more comfortable and provides a significantly better typing experience, and it has a much better build quality and can be paired to multiple devices simultaneously. Also, the Logitech has Bluetooth capabilities and better compatibility with other operating systems, but like the Microsoft, it uses disposable batteries.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is better than the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard for most uses. The Logitech has reverse incline settings to prevent the wrists from bending downwards and has better wireless capabilities, as it can be paired to multiple devices at the same time with its USB receiver and through Bluetooth. The Logitech also has software support, but the Surface Ergonomic has a much better build quality.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is a better ergonomic keyboard for the office than the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. It has negative incline settings, while the Kinesis doesn't have any unless you buy accessories separately. However, the Edge has mechanical switches and RGB lighting, which some may like.

ErgoDox EZ

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 Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a very different ergonomic keyboard than the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard. The Logitech features a curved board design, while the Kinesis is a fully split keyboard. The Logitech features scissor switches, while the Kinesis has Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches. Also, the Logitech is a full-size board, while the Kinesis is a TKL 80%. The Logitech is wireless, and the Kinesis is wired-only.

Logitech K350

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is a better ergonomic keyboard than the older Logitech K350. It has a more noticeable curved design, which might take some time to get used to, but it provides an overall better and quieter typing experience. It also has better ergonomics overall, and the wrist rest is more comfortable than the K350's.

Adesso Tru-Form 150

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.

ZSA Moonlander

The ZSA Moonlander and the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard are both boards with ergonomic designs, but the ZSA is better overall. The ZSA has multiple rotating incline feet, so you can create both a negative or positive incline, and you can even tent the board so that your hands are more vertical. The ZSA is available in several Cherry MX and Kailh switches, but it's also hot-swappable, so you can get the switches you prefer. It has RGB backlighting with great color mixing, whereas the Logitech has none. If having a wireless keyboard matters a lot to you, the Logitech may be a better choice. While not as ergonomic as the ZSA, the Logitech has a curved board with two incline settings that create a negative angle. The Logitech is available with scissor switches which provide tactile feedback and should feel light.

Matias Ergo Pro

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is a much better keyboard than the Matias Ergo Pro. The Logitech is a full-sized curved design keyboard with much better ergonomics and a slightly lighter typing experience thanks to its scissor switches. It also has mobile connectivity, which the Ergo Pro doesn't have. However, the Matias has a split keyboard design and is available with tactile switches if that's what you prefer.

Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is a better ergonomic keyboard than the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard. It's slightly better built and offers an overall better typing experience. It also has software that lets you reprogram certain keys and can be paired with up to three devices simultaneously. Other than the price, the Logitech is the best option.

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