The ErgoDox EZ is a feature-packed ergonomic keyboard that every enthusiast can enjoy. It includes hot-swappable switches, split keyboard design, an ortho-linear layout, and is fully programmable.
Being a split keyboard, this allows for lot of flexibility in regards to placement. Non-split keyboards cause a lot of strain by cramping your shoulders too close together. The ErgoDox EZ alleviates this pain. I can position the halves anywhere that feels comfortable. The ortho-linear layout also helped me reach a few keys a bit easier, like the z, x, c, and v keys. At the same time, the ortho-linear slowed my typing speed down quite a bit for a few weeks until I got the hang of it.
Going back to a standard keyboard layout is hard after getting used to the ErgoDox EZ. The thumb cluster is particularly hard to give up. Hitting keys like backspace and tab without stretching your fingers so far is a godsend.
As somewhat of a mechanical keyboard enthusiast myself, the hot-swappable switches are a great feature. It allows you to change the feel and sound of your keyboard with ease. With the included keycap/switch puller, you can swap out switches in just a few short minutes.
The QMK firmware powers the ErgoDox EZ. ZSA Technology Labs, the company behind the ErgoDox EZ provide a graphical configurator and a flashing utility free-of-charge. These tools make it very simple to change how your ErgoDox EZ functions.
There are a couple of add-ons you can buy to enhance your keyboarding experience. First up is the Wing Wrist Rests. These are hefty molded silicone wrist rests that conform to the shape of the ErgoDox EZ. They perform well but get dirty quickly. Pretty easy to clean off, so it’s not a big deal.
The other add-on is the tent/tilt kit. This kit allows you prop your keyboard up at various angles to provide extra ergonomic benefits. If you prefer your keyboard to lay flat, this addition won’t be useful at all, but I can’t live without it.
The amount of customization you can achieve with this keyboard is astounding. You gain complete flexibility in feel and layout. With the addition of the fantastic ergonomics, the ErgoDox EZ is an excellent ergonomic keyboard choice. Coming in at a base price of $270, it’s certainly not the most affordable keyboard. The optional wrist rests and tent/tilt kit are $25 and $30 respectively.
Despite with the exhorbitant price tag, the ErgoDox EZ is worth every penny.