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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
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 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 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.

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Very comfortable wrist rest.
  • Exceptional wireless compatibility.
Cons
  • Odd layout can take some time to get used to.
  • No backlighting.
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.

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. 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.

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

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. If you want a similar ergonomic keyboard with a better build quality, check out the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard.

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. If you would prefer a keyboard split in two halves, check out the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB.

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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) No Cable

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. 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 won't bother people surrounding you.

Software and Operating System
5.9
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight 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. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best ergonomic keyboards.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

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

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.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

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

ErgoDox EZ

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.

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.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro

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.

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 for the price, the ERGO K860 is the best option.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB

The Logitech K860 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.

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.

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.

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