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MoErgo Glove80 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 30, 2023 at 09:29 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jun 30, 2023 at 09:29 am
MoErgo Glove80 Picture
8.5
Gaming
8.1
Mobile/Tablet
8.7
Office
7.9
Programming
5.6
Entertainment / HTPC

The MoErgo Glove80 is a low-profile, wireless mechanical keyboard with a split, tenting design, and a columnar key layout. This keyboard has two wireless halves, each with a concave key well, a thumb cluster, and a detachable wrist rest. You can purchase this keyboard with linear, tactile, or clicky low-profile Kailh Choc V1 switches; the keycaps are made of high-quality POM plastic. This keyboard also supports ZMK firmware and has a web-based layout editor for customization.

Our Verdict

8.5 Gaming

The MoErgo Glove80 is an excellent keyboard for gaming. It has exceptionally low latency and full RGB backlighting, and you can customize the tenting angle and position of each half of the keyboard to best suit your comfort. The keycaps are made of POM plastic, which may feel too slippery for fast-paced gaming. Also, while you can configure custom layouts and program macros using ZMK and the web-based layout editor, the process isn't as user-friendly and straightforward as many gaming keyboards with dedicated software options.

Pros
  • Exceptional ergonomic adjustments.
  • Remarkably low wired latency.
Cons
  • Build quality is acceptable but underwhelming for the price point.
8.1 Mobile/Tablet

The MoErgo Glove80 is a great keyboard for mobile or tablet use. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and can pair with up to four devices simultaneously. While it's quite bulky and has an unusual shape, it's also very lightweight and more portable than many comparable ergonomic keyboards. It also has outstanding compatibility with all mobile operating systems. While the build quality doesn't feel as premium as other options at this price point, it certainly feels sturdy enough to travel with or move around the home or office regularly.

Pros
  • Lightweight, relatively low profile design makes it a more portable than many ergonomic models.
Cons
  • Build quality is acceptable but underwhelming for the price point.
  • Bulky, relatively awkward shape of each module makes it much less portable than conventional models designed for portability.
8.7 Office

The MoErgo Glove80 is an excellent office keyboard. It has outstanding ergonomics with a split wireless design and concave key wells with a columnar key layout designed to minimize the distance your fingers need to travel while typing. It can help reduce strain and fatigue while typing for long periods. We bought and tested this keyboard with linear Kailh Choc V1 Red switches which are very quiet and unlikely to bother those around you while typing. You can program macros and customize layouts using ZMK and the web-based layout editor. Still, the process isn't very user-friendly and requires some technical know-how.

Pros
  • Exceptional ergonomic adjustments.
  • Excellent typing quality.
Cons
  • Build quality is acceptable but underwhelming for the price point.
7.9 Programming

The MoErgo Glove80 is a very good keyboard for Programming. It has outstanding ergonomics with adjustable tenting angles and concave key wells with a columnar key layout designed to limit the distance your fingers need to travel to reach each key. It also provides outstanding compatibility across operating systems, and you can configure layouts and record macros using QMK firmware and the web-based layout editor. Additionally, there's full RGB backlighting, and although the keys don't have shine-through legends, they're somewhat translucent, and you can read the legends in darker rooms.

Pros
  • Exceptional ergonomic adjustments.
  • Excellent typing quality.
Cons
  • Build quality is acceptable but underwhelming for the price point.
5.6 Entertainment / HTPC

This keyboard isn't designed specifically for use in an entertainment or home theatre PC setup. That said, it feels very sturdy and is lightweight. However, it's also made up of two separate halves, and while it connects wirelessly, it may be awkward to use from a seated position without a desk or mounting position. It also lacks dedicated media keys, though you can program macros to act as media keys using the web-based layout editor. Additionally, while the keycaps don't have shine-through legends, light passes through the entire keycap itself, so you can read the legends in a darkened room easily.

Pros
Cons
  • Build quality is acceptable but underwhelming for the price point.
  • Keyboard has two halves which can make it awkward to use from a seated position without a desk.
  • No dedicated media keys on the primary layer.
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 8.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.7 Office
  • 7.9 Programming
  • 5.6 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Jun 30, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 23, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 19, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 26, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 15, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  6. Updated May 12, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we’ll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the MoErgo Glove80 keyboard in the grey colorway with Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red switches (50g). We purchased the unsoldered version and soldered the included switches in our lab.

The versions and configurations currently available for purchase from MoErgo's website are listed in the chart below. We expect our test results to broadly apply to all models listed. You can see the label of the unit we bought and tested here.

Version Color Options Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Switch Options
Soldered Grey/White Red (50g), Brown, White
Unsoldered Grey/White Red (50g)
Batch 3 Pre-Order (Soldered) Grey/White Red (50g), Red (35g)

Compared To Other Keyboards

The MoErgo Glove80 is a wireless, split keyboard focusing on ergonomic adjustability. Both halves of this keyboard use concave key wells with thumb clusters and a columnar key layout, a design that intends to help limit the distance your fingers need to travel while typing. This keyboard also supports ZMK firmware and has a web-based layout editor for alternative layouts, including Dvorak, Colemak, or custom layouts of your design. Additionally, although it has a somewhat bulky and unusual shape overall, it's also lightweight compared to keyboards offering similar ergonomic adjustments if you're looking for a portable ergonomic option. This is an excellent keyboard if ergonomics and open-ended layout customizability are important to you. Still, it also comes at a steep price point compared to conventional keyboards and, to a lesser extent, to many other ergonomic-focused keyboards.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best ergonomic keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, or the best wireless keyboards.

ErgoDox EZ

The ErgoDox EZ and the MoErgo Glove80 are split ergonomic keyboards with columnar key layouts. The ErgoDox is a wired-only model with a hot-swappable PCB, allowing you to change the stock switches without soldering. On the other hand, the MoErgo is a wireless model that connects via Bluetooth and can pair with up to four devices simultaneously. The MoErgo also has concave key wells designed to minimize the distance your fingers travel while typing. Additionally, the MoErgo is more lightweight, has lower latency, and has full RGB backlighting, which the ErgoDox lacks.

ZSA Moonlander

The ZSA Moonlander and the MoErgo Glove80 are ergonomic split mechanical keyboards with columnar key layouts. The ZSA is a wired-only keyboard with a hot-swappable PCB, allowing you to change out stock switches without soldering. On the other hand, the MoErgo is a wireless model that connects via Bluetooth and can be paired with up to four devices simultaneously. It also has concave key wells designed to minimize the distance your fingers travel while typing. Additionally, the MoErgo also has considerably lower latency, and it's significantly more lightweight.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB

The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB and the MoErgo Glove80 are split ergonomic keyboards. The Kinesis is a wired-only model with dedicated macro keys. The Kinesis also has dedicated customization software, and the wrist rests of the Kinesis are topped with plush material, while the wrist rests of the MoErgo are plastic. On the other hand, the MoErgo is a wireless model that connects via Bluetooth and can pair with up to four devices simultaneously. It has more comprehensive ergonomic features, is much lighter, and has considerably lower latency. While the MoErgo lacks dedicated software, you can extensively customize layouts and macros using ZMK firmware or a web-based tool.

Kinesis Freestyle Pro

The MoErgo Glove80 and the Kinesis Freestyle Pro are split ergonomic keyboards. The MoErgo is a wireless model that connects via Bluetooth and can pair with up to four devices simultaneously. It has more comprehensive ergonomic features, including a concave key well design and tenting angle adjustments. Additionally, it has considerably lower latency, is much more lightweight, and has full RGB backlighting, which the Kinesis lacks. On the other hand, the Kinesis is a wired-only model. By default, it doesn't provide tenting angle adjustment like the MoErgo Glove80, but Kinesis does sell a 'lift kit' separately.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Height
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Width 14.6" (37.2 cm)
Depth
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
8.1" (20.7 cm)
Weight
0.99 lbs (0.449 kg)

The MoErgo Glove80 keyboard comprises two pieces you can choose to separate or angle as you wish, so the above dimensions include the keyboard's width with the narrowest straight configuration as pictured. Furthermore, the Weight test result is measured with both halves but without wrist rests. The two wrist rests weigh an additional 95.5g combined. With the wrist rests included, the total weight of the keyboard is 0.554kg.

6.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material POM

The build quality of the MoErgo Glove80 keyboard is fair. It has an all-plastic construction that's impressively lightweight but feels quite sturdy and doesn't flex much. That said, some of the tolerances between parts, particularly the two large pieces of plastic that make up the chassis of each half, aren't completely flush, as can be seen in this image. This gap between pieces may be intentional, so the typing quality isn't quite as stiff, but it may be disappointing for some. Additionally, while the wrist rests feel durable and provide good support, they're also made of the same lightweight and fairly cheap-feeling plastic as the rest of the board.

The keycaps are made of high-quality POM (polyoxymethylene) plastic and have a pleasantly smooth, almost slippery texture. Additionally, they have a unique MCC profile that has a concave 'channel,' designed to contain your fingers and allow them to glide upwards or downwards within key columns without hitting the raised edge that standard MBK or most other dish-like Choc V1 keycaps have.

Altogether, the build quality doesn't feel as premium as a conventional custom mechanical keyboard around this price point. The fit and finish of some parts may be underwhelming if you care a lot about build quality detail.

9.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
Yes
Split Keyboard
Yes
Key Alignment
Columnar
Minimum Incline
10°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
30°
Home Row Height
28.6 mm (1.1")

The MoErgo Glove80 keyboard has outstanding ergonomics. It comprises two halves that you can angle and position as you wish. Each half has a concave key well designed to follow the curves of your fingertips and minimize the distance your fingers need to travel to reach the keys. Each half of the keyboard also has a dedicated, detachable wrist rest that provides good support but is also made of fairly cheap feeling plastic.

Additionally, the key layout is columnar, which limits the amount of side-to-side movement your fingers need to make. The keycaps are made of POM plastic with a smooth, almost slippery texture and a shallow, half-pipe-shaped channel in the center to glide your fingers up and down each column.

There is an incline system incorporated into the feet of the keyboard that you can use to set a tenting angle that can reduce forearm pronation while typing. These feet are simple screws you can adjust to provide tenting angles between 10 and 30 degrees. You can see an image of the maximum tenting angle here.

2.9
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
No
Stabilizer Fixation
No Stabilizer
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
No Stabilizer
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
No
Switch Stem Shape
Kailh Low Profile Choc
Switch PCB Socket
Soldered
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
No

The MoErgo Glove80 keyboard very limited hardware customizability according to our testing methodology, but it's worth noting that it does provide a high degree of customizability in other respects.

This keyboard is compatible with Choc V1 keycaps. However, the stock keycaps have a unique MCC profile designed to allow ease of movement within key columns. For more details about this keycap profile, see the Build Quality section above.

All keycaps are 1u sized, and you can rearrange them to correspond to your preferred layout. You can then use the web-based layout editor if you want alternative layouts, including Dvorak, Colemak, Workman, or other custom layouts of your design. For more details about layout customizability, see the Configuration Software section below. MoErgo also sells add-on keycaps for AZERTY or various other international layouts.

8.5
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
No

This keyboard has excellent backlighting features. By default, you can customize the lighting and effects directly on the keyboard by switching to the 'Magic' function layer.

6.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

This keyboard has acceptable backlight clarity. While the keycaps don't have shine-through legends, the POM plastic they're made of is translucent, allowing you to read the legends in lower light conditions.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wireless
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 3.2 ft (1.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

This keyboard comes with a short, generic USB-A to USB-C charging cable made of white rubber.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
4
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable

This keyboard connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and can be paired with up to four devices simultaneously.

With LED lighting turned off and ZMK sleep functionality disabled, this keyboard has an advertised battery life of two to four weeks for the left-hand module and upwards of two months for the right-hand module.

0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
No

There are no dedicated macro keys on this keyboard. However, all of the keys are macro-programmable using the web-based layout editor. Note that this web-based editor isn't considered software according to our test methodology, but we've included more details in the Configuration Software section later on.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

By default, this keyboard has three function layers: A Base layer, a Lower layer, and a "Magic" layer. The Base layer is the keyboard's default primary layer. You access the Lower layer by holding the Layer key on the thumb cluster of the left module. By default, this layer contains the Numpad and several navigational cluster keys. Lastly, you access the 'Magic' layer by holding down the "Magic" key that's on the bottom left corner of the left module and labeled with the MoErgo logo. By default, you use the Magic layer to control the RGB lighting; it displays Caps, Scroll Low, and Num Lock indicators. These layers are customizable using the web-based layout editor detailed in the Configuration Software section.

Design
In The Box

  • MoErgo Glove80 keyboard
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 12x Extra feet
  • 12x Extra silicone pads
  • 10 Extra threaded rods in three different lengths
  • 14x Nuts
  • Wrench
  • Keycap puller

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red
Switch Type
Mechanical
Feel
Linear

We bought and tested the MoErgo Glove80 keyboard with linear Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red (50g) switches. They arrived unsoldered, and we soldered the switches in our lab, but you can purchase these switches soldered instead.

You can also buy this keyboard with tactile Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Brown or clicky Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile White switches.

At the time of writing, MoErgo also has a pre-order batch available with Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red switches in two different spring weights, either 50g or 35g. We tested the 50g switches. We expect the 35g switches to behave very similarly but to have an actuation force of ~30gf.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
54 gf
Actuation Force
50 gf
Pre-Travel
1.7 mm
Total Travel
2.9 mm

The linear Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red switches (50g) on the unit we bought and tested are smooth, lightweight, and have a very short pre-travel and total travel, making keystrokes feel responsive and immediate.

Regarding other switch options, We expect the Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red switches (35g) to require less force to actuate but otherwise be very similar to the switches we tested.

We expect the Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Brown switches to feel somewhat heavier and have a small tactile bump to overcome.

Lastly, we expect the White switches to feel considerably heavier and have a pronounced tactile bump that makes an audible click.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The MoErgo Glove80 keyboard offers excellent typing quality. However, because this keyboard has an unconventional, split design with concave key wells and a columnar key layout, it may take some time to get used to it before you can type comfortably at your regular speed— depending on the keyboard you're used to. The keycaps are made of POM plastic and have a smooth texture which feels pleasant but may be unusual if you're used to the rougher texture of PBT keycaps.

That said, the keys are very stable, and because all keys are the same size, none of the keys require stabilizers that are typically needed for larger keys on conventional keyboards. Additionally, the columnar layout can minimize the side-to-side distance your fingers need to travel and may reduce the strain and fatigue from typing for extended periods.

8.8
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
46.5 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

Typing noise with the linear Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Red switches on the unit we bought and tested is quiet and unlikely to bother those around you. This keyboard is also available with tactile Brown or clicky White switches. We expect the Brown switches to be somewhat louder and the White switches to be considerably louder.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.8 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
19.2 ms

The MoErgo Glove80 keyboard has exceptionally low wired latency and delivers an extremely responsive in-game experience for gaming in any genre. The wireless latency is perfectly suited for casual gaming and everyday tasks, but we don't recommend playing fast-paced or competitive games using a Bluetooth connection.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name No Software
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
No
Profiles
No Profile

Our current testing methodology considers this keyboard as not having dedicated configuration software. However, you can configure this keyboard using ZMK firmware and MoErgo's web-based layout editor. The layout editor is well laid out and reasonably easy to use. It offers a significant degree of customizability for using alternative layouts, adjusting lighting, or creating complex macros. Altogether, these customization methods aren't very intuitive to use without a reasonable degree of technical familiarity with custom keyboard firmware tools.

You can use the MoErgo Glove80 layout editor from this link, and MoErgo has a guide for using this layout editor that you can read here.

You can learn more about ZMK firmware by following this link to the ZMK website.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

The MoErgo Glove80 keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.

10
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Fully Compatible
iOS
Fully Compatible
iPadOS
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Android, iPhone & iPad

All functions work on Android devices. On iOS and iPadOS devices, all functions on the base layer work, but the Pause/Break, Scroll Lock, Print Screen, and Insert buttons do nothing on the lower layer.