Dygma Raise Review — Thoughts after 3 months of regular use

Félix Paradis
Tech Reviews
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7 min readApr 19, 2020

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Who’s writing this?

I’m a web developer who started his ergonomic/mechanical keyboard journey just over a year ago with the Ergodox EZ, for which I also wrote a review on Medium: Ergodox EZ Review — Thoughts after 3 months of regular use. I bought my Dygma Raise when they were still in pre-production and received it in early January 2020.

Key points:

  • I use the Dygma Raise to type French, English and code (not for gaming).
  • I’ve put my fingers on a few mechanical keyboards, but my only solid reference is the Ergodox EZ.
  • 99.9% of my experience with the Raise is with a Mac.
  • I’m not affiliated with Dygma.

(psst! I also wrote a review of the Zergotech Freedom and a review of the Lily58 Pro.)

TLDR

I recommend it. The main issue with the Dygma Raise is its configurator software, but this should improve soon (update: it did). The price tag may seem high for those who never bought a top-shelf keeb, but you have to consider that this keyboard has:

  • A split design AND a non-split design.
  • Hot swappable mechanical switches.
  • Dual function keys.
  • Multiple layers (up to 10).
  • Fully customizable, best-I’ve-ever-seen RGB lighting.
  • 8 Thumb keys.
  • Comes with a travel case, a keycap-switch puller and extra switches for you to test.

All those features make the price very reasonable.

This is not THE keyboard for everybody, though.

First, it’s a 60% layout, so if you enjoy having dedicated arrow keys, you might want to reconsider. Second, the keys are staggered, if you want the ultimate ergonomic experience, this might be a deal-breaker for you. Third, the thumb keys are not perfect; I think to be perfect they should be placed in an arc. To my knowledge, only Keyboard.io’s Model 01 has this sweet, sweeeeet arc for their thumb keys. (Unless, of course, you’re willing to build a keyboard yourself, something like an Iris.)

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Félix Paradis
Tech Reviews

Web Developer writing about the web, mostly. Find my other stuff over at www.felixparadis.com