Eteknix.com reviews the Zergotech Freedom Ergonomic Keyboard

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Zergo Freedom Review — A Keyboard Split in Two?

It’s certainly not lacking in cool features either, with a fully mechanical design using the Kailh Box Switch Brown, easily the best switch Kailh produce at the moment and easily compatible with the other big names. There’s a funky sliding wrist rest configuration, that’s like something from an air-hockey table. Then you have the built-in “KEYKORTEX integrated programming module” which is just a fancy pants name for their macro system. You can even order blank caps to change up the default layout. Then there’s the 4-point multi-height adjustment and the obvious fact that this keyboard is completely split in two.

What Zergo Tech Had to Say

Packaging

This keyboard is pretty chunky, and the box reflects that. You could easily fit TWO mechanical keyboards in this box, likely four if you don’t mind stacking them. It’s pretty heavy too, it’s a thick and durable cardboard that really reinforces the fact this is a premium product. I’m not sure why the keyboard photo is so small though, they’ve got a lot of white space there that could show off the design.

A Closer Look

Not I should point out, I’m not the first to open this box, I assume it’s been a demo model somewhere along its life. With that in mind, cables are a bit pre-twisted, erratic and used. Plus there’s a few bits of dust and debris kicking about. I tried cleaning it up, but it’s a hot, sweaty and dusty day in the office and I was getting nowhere, so apologies for that.

The Keyboard

Well, it’s not exactly standard, is it? You can obviously see it’s split in two, but it’s not just that. The layout is VERY unique. You can’t push the two halves together and have it look like a standard keyboard. It’s semi-orthogonal, so unless you space it like the image below, it’ll also way at an angle; as are your wrists and hands, so that makes sense!

Performance

OK, so this keyboard is unlike ANYTHING that has crossed my desk. It’s not just split in two like a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard, although they do both employ some similar concepts. Angle the keys on each side to align with a more natural wrist position and provide some height towards the middle. I must admit it looks cool too, it’s certainly going to grab peoples attention.

How Much Does it Cost?

The Zergotech Freedom Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard is available right now from their own website. Prices start at $339 (USD), and the price remains the same for the Windows OS or the Mac OS versions with either Kailh White (equivalent to MX Blue) or Brown switched versions.

Overview

I’m sure there are a LOT of our readers checkout out this review just because it looks odd. Did you know there are keyboards out there that don’t have the word “gaming” in their product name or “RGB” as their tagline? Well, today’s a learning experience for you I’m sure. This is not a gaming keyboard as such, but for those of us who have to type massive amounts of text every day, so that’ll be me then!

Gaming

I’ve used it on and off all week, and it truly is very comfortable to use. However, I DO game on my PC too and it’s a little bit of a mind bender for my usual stint of MMORPG gaming. It actually works really well for MOBA, RTS and FPS games though, as the layout doesn’t really stray for those key combinations.

Work

I wrote this review on the keyboard, and while I am more comfortable, I do feel a little odd working on it too, for reasons covered above. It takes practice and I am getting more and more used to it by the hour. However, I am having to glance at the board a little more often, which is slowing me down a bit (at least for now).

Options

I’m endlessly amused by the sliding wrist rests too, I really like the idea. However, I’d be tempted to swap them out for full pads. I also don’t think they needed to include O-ring mods in the box, I mean, it’s awesome if you’re working in a recording or editing studio, but for my home office, it’s quiet enough already.

Should I Buy One?

I mean, if I had this keyboard ten years ago, it may have saved my completely shot to hell wrists and fingers. I haven’t finished a days work in years without sore hands. Regular breaks and exercise will still be king for maintaining your health at the desk. However, the Zergotech keyboard is really filling in all the blanks. It’s not cheap, but for such a well engineered, designed and constructed innovative product, it’s a small price to pay. If your life is typing, this can be the perfect tool for the job.

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Zergotech Pty Ltd

Zergotech Pty Ltd

Zergotech is the company behind the award winning Freedom ergonomic mechanical keyboard.