EVGA Z20 Keyboard Review - 4 KHz Polling, Optical Switches, TOF Sensor?? 9

EVGA Z20 Keyboard Review - 4 KHz Polling, Optical Switches, TOF Sensor??

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Introduction

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Remember when EVGA first got into peripherals? The company made a big splash with their TORQ X10 and X5 mice, which are still sold today, and complemented those with the launch of their first keyboard in the LCD display-integrated Z10. It must have sold enough to merit an RGB version, the Z10 RGB, which we took a look at last year. As of the time of this review, you can't find either Z10 variants on the EVGA website, so that LCD display experiment was short-lived. It's a good thing then that EVGA did not give up and in fact has a whole new lineup of keyboards (and mice) launching today. Today, we take a look at their new flagship keyboard, and thanks again to EVGA for sending the review samples to TechPowerUp!


The EVGA Z20 is a new ID from the company and a departure from the older Z10 RGB in nearly every way. We have a new case design, additional keys, no LCD display, a nice wrist rest, new switches, and a little something under the Left Alt key to detect user movement and wake up/put the keyboard to sleep. That's right, we have a Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensor integrated here, so EVGA continues to be wacky and willing to try out new things, which I am all for. Let's go through the EVGA Z20 in detail by examining all these features in this review beginning with a look at the specifications in the table below.

Specifications

EVGA Z20 Keyboard
Layout:>104-key modified US ANSI layout, other language support depending on region
Material:ABS plastic case and keycaps, steel plate
Macro Support:Yes
Weight (total):1.13 kg/2.49 lbs.
Wrist Rest:Yes, removable
Anti-ghosting:Full N-Key rollover USB
Media Keys:Dedicated playback and volume control
Cable Length:6 ft/1.8 m
Software:Yes
Switch Type:Choice of A4Tech Light Strike LK Linear or LK Clicky optical-mechanical RGB switch
Backlighting:Yes, per-key 16.8 M RGB
Interface:USB
Warranty:Three years
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