Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 06, 2020 at 08:12 am
Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
7.4
Mixed usage
6.6
Gaming
5.9
Mobile/Tablet
8.7
Office
6.6
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech 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 or the Logitech MX Keys.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed usage

The Logitech ERGO K860 is a decent keyboard for mixed usage. This ergonomic keyboard is designed for office workers who want to reduce wrist strain thanks to a curved-board design and a negative angle when typing. The keyboard's scissor switches aren't the best for gaming and since you can't program macros, it won't be ideal for programming either.

6.6 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 passed the pre-actuation bump. The board's shape and size also won't be the best for gaming.

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5.9 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.

8.7 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.

6.6 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.

  • 7.4 Mixed usage
  • 6.6 Gaming
  • 5.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.7 Office
  • 6.6 Programming
Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Very comfortable wrist rest.
  • Exceptional wireless compatibility.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
  • No backlighting.

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Black ERGO K860
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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)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1 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

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.

9.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Ergonomical
Incline Settings
2
Wrist Rest Fixed

The K860's ergonomics are amazing. 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 board feels very comfortable. Also, it has a fixed wrist rest, which is well-padded and comfortable. Additionally, it has two incline settings, which create a negative angle, relieving some stress on your wrist.

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Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting.

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

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

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

This keyboard has outstanding wireless versatility. You can connect the keyboard to your computer using the USB receiver or connect it 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 be connected to three devices simultaneously and easily switch between them.

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

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
Actuation Force
39.6 gf
Pre-Travel
1.50 mm
Total Travel
2.07 mm

The Logitech ERGO K860 features typical tactile scissor switches, just like the MX Keys and the Apple Magic Keyboard. 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.

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 won't bother people surrounding you.

Software and Operating System
5.9
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
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.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech K860 is an ergonomic wireless curved keyboard. It aims at reducing wrist strain during long typing periods. It might take some time to get used to the unusual split key layout, but it's great once you are. It features scissor switches, which are very different than mechanical switches.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is much better than the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. The K860 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 K860 has Bluetooth capabilities and better compatibility with other operating systems, but like the Sculpt, it uses disposable batteries.

Logitech MX Keys
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Amazon.com

The Logitech ERGO K860 is a better ergonomic keyboard than the Logitech MX Keys, which is more versatile. The ERGO K860 has a curved board a split key layout while the MX Keys has a more traditional straight board. If you're looking for an ergonomic keyboard, get the K860, but if you're looking for a more versatile option, then the MX Keys is better.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro
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Amazon.com

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

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