EVGA continues its complete keyboard lineup overhaul! We saw the new flagship Z20 earlier this year, with the innovative time-of-flight sensor that was a working gimmick, and then came the more mainstream Z15 with its hot-swappable switches and a significantly lower price. So when EVGA informed me of a more budget-friendly offering coming up, it piqued my interest. Here we are finally with the all-new EVGA Z12 keyboard, and thanks to the company for arranging a review sample to TechPowerUp!
At first glance, the EVGA Z12 may not look out of sorts compared to the usual flagship-class RGB gaming keyboard. This is a full-size keyboard with an extra column of macro keys on the left, dedicated media and volume control buttons on the top right, and of course the expected RGB backlighting. What makes this more value-oriented is the use of membrane switches rather than mechanical ones, but EVGA included a nice feature even here by making them compatible with Cherry MX-style keycaps. We cover all this in our review which begins with a look at the product specifications in the table below.
|EVGA Z12 RGB Gaming Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key form factor in a modified US ANSI layout, other languages supported based on region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps|
|Weight:||1.0 kg/2.2 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, optional purchase|
|Anti-ghosting:||6-key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated media playback and volume control|
|Dimensions:||151.5 (L) x 473 (W) x 38.5 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6.6 ft/2.0 m|
|Switch Type:||Membrane switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 5-zone RGB|