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EVGA Z20 Optical Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

MSRP 175 USDExt score 59%

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Product Overview

EVGA Z20 is a premium full-size optical mechanical gaming keyboard. Available with either linear or clicky switches, the Z20 combines 4000Hz polling rate, fast actuation, high durability, and a unique ToF proximity sensor in a solid chassis.
The EVGA Z20's optical mechanical switches, much like similar switches offered by Razer, Gigabyte, and ASUS, have more consistent and faster actuation than traditional mechanical switches, while being significantly more durable, thanks to a smaller number of moving parts.
A unique feature that the EVGA Z20 boasts is the Time of Flight (ToF) proximity sensor that allows the keyboard to enter or exit sleep quickly.
Unsurprisingly, the Z20 supports N-key rollover with 100% anti-ghosting. It also features extensive per-key RGB lighting as well as RGB light bars located on both sides.
For more practicality, EVGA has endowed the Z20 with a number of media and macro keys, including an aluminum volume scroll.
Next to the Z20, EVGA also markets a conventional mechanical keyboard, the Z15, with swappable switches.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Light Strike LK Optical switches
  • Very low latency
  • Comfortable build
  • Good ergonomics
  • Time-of-Flight sensor
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great typing quality and good tactile feedback
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good ergonomics with multiple incline settings
  • Excellent proximity sensor
  • Powerful audio passthrough
  • Feels very well built
Cons
  • Lackluster configuration
  • Lacks dedicated macro buttons
  • Wobbly keycaps
  • No trackpad
  • Can't install software on macOS
  • Short pre-travel
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Specifications

Linear SwitchClicky Switch

Connectivity

PortsUSB 2.0 + Headphone jack

Construction

Cable2m braided cable
Form FactorOptical mechanical keyboard with magnetically detachable palm rest
Switch TypeOptical mechanical switches: Linear Dark Gray / Clicky Light Gray

Dimensions

Size | Depth151 mm / 5.94"
Size | Height38 mm / 1.5"
Size | Width472 mm / 18.58"
Weight1.13 kg / 2.49 lbs

Function

Keyboard BacklightEVGA UNLEASH Per Key RGB Lighting + side light bars
MiscN-key Rollover, 100% Anti-Ghosting
Processor32-bit Arm Cortex-M33
SensorToF (Time of Flight) proximity sensor

Performance

Durability100 million key strokes
Key Travel1.5mm actuation, 3mm bottom, 40g actuation force1.5mm actuation, 3.5mm bottom, 50g actuation force
Report Rate4000Hz
Storage9 onboard profiles

Production

Debut2021-02
Model Name811-W1-20US-KR (also available in other languages)812-W1-20US-KR (also available in other languages)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 49%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The EVGA Z20 has almost every feature that a gamer could want. The keys, the heart and soul of any keyboard, are on similarly weak ground. Configuration apps that let you remap keys, program macros, and set RGB lighting are often weak points. The Z20's configuration feels antiquated and doesn't work all that well.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio passthrough
  • Excellent proximity sensor
  • Lots of customization options
Cons
  • Lackluster configuration
  • Lacks dedicated macro buttons
  • Wobbly keycaps

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The EVGA Z20 has a sturdy-feeling build, full RGB backlighting, dedicated macro keys, and good ergonomics with a plush leatherette wrist rest. It also has exceptionally low latency and robust companion software for configuration. The unit we tested has clicky Light Strike LK Optical switches that feel very light, have a short pre-travel, and small tactile bump to overcome before actuation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Full RGB backlighting
  • Good ergonomics with multiple incline settings
  • Very low latency
  • Fully compatible with both Windows and macOS
  • Feels very well built
  • Great typing quality and good tactile feedback
Cons
  • Short pre-travel
  • No trackpad
  • Can't install software on macOS

User Reviews

References

1. ^ EVGA Z20 Opto-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/evga-z20-opto-mechanical-gaming-keyboard. 2021-04-22. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
2. ^ EVGA Z20 Keyboard Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/keyboard/reviews/evga/z20. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-06-01.

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