EVGA is perhaps best known for their graphics cards and a reputation for excellent customer service that sets a standard for others to follow. As NVIDIA's primary partner, the company made a strong headway into the PC DIY market with GPUs and expanded to have other product segments covered, including power supplies, motherboards, and peripherals. When they first announced they would get into the keyboard market, people were excited to say the least. This increased when they began hinting towards an integrated display, potential integration also of an EVBot for manual overclocking of their GPUs, and more. Things did not go as planned with EVBot, unfortunately, but the Z10 did come out. Earlier this year, EVGA decided it was time to update their keyboard with RGB backlighting and introduced the world to the Z10 RGB. Today, we take a fairly overdue look at EVGA's keyboard offerings with this very keyboard, and thanks again to them for sending along a sample!
Carving out a name in the incredibly competitive PC keyboard market is a feat not for the faint of heart, and doing so with a design that is different enough from the norm is even more so. So I will already give EVGA some props for trying a combination of things not usually found on keyboards the Z10 RGB is directly competing against. There are few keyboards out there with integrated displays for functionality, and I just happened to examine one very recently in the UHK. The obvious comparison would be with the relatively older Logitech G15/19 series, which are not manufactured anymore, and there are so many things that open up with this that I am extremely excited to see what EVGA has come up with. We will take a look at this and the rest of the keyboard in this review beginning with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|EVGA Z10 RGB Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key US ANSI layout, other languages supported based on the region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, metal trim|
|Weight:||1.48 kg/3.25 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, included|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated and available as secondary functions|
|Dimensions:||185 (L) x 470 (W) x 35 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Kailh Brown or Blue switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB backlighting|