Glove80 Keyboard

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Glove80 Keyboard is announced in 2022-02, on kickstarter. From a startup company MoErgo. First batch of actual keyboards came out in 2022-12.

2023-01-19 got it today. First impression, fantastic, super light, elegant.

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glove80 keyboard.
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press the lower left button (the magic key). The 2 green rows shows battery status.
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Video Review

Xah Talk Show 2023-01-29 Glove80 Keyboard Review

Contoured keywell (Bowl-Shaped Surface)

The keys form a overall concave bowl-shaped surface, so that your fingers dip onto the keys. No bending up the wrist, and the contoured keywell fits the different lengths of fingers.

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Contoured keywell, fits different finger lengths. 20230119 left 182
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Thumb keys

The thumb keys, fixed many problems of traditional keyboard. Thumbs are powerful, and all the modifier keys such as Ctrl Alt ❖ Window ⌘ command are now right under your thumbs. Also, the Backspace is right there, one of the most frequently used key. No more twisting your right wrist or moving hand to hit the top right of keyboard.

In comparison to the Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard, the glove80 is a better design of the thumb keys. Better physical design, and better default functions on them.

In particular, Shift is placed on the thumbs, available for both hands. (instead of the pinky on traditional position) Also, you have Ctrl Alt for both hands.

For Mac users, the keyboard comes with extra keycaps labeled and Option , and you can program them via firmware or easily set it up via MacOS. [see Mac: Swap CapsLock Control Option Command Keys]

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Low Profile

This keyboard is engineered to be very low profile, so that the keyboard base does not add much height to the keys.

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Low profile of the keyboard. Note the height of key D.
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Glove80 vs Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard , Height comparison

Removable Palm Rest

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To remove the palm rest, just unscrew it at the back. Those are thumb screws, you can twist it to screw. No need screwdriver. Very easy to remove and screw back on.

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Palm Rest

Adjustable Feet for Tenting

To ajust tenting angle (rasing the middle of keyboard), just twist the feet. Excellent design. (by default, it's tented about 8 degrees.) It comes with extra long screw feet if you want it really slanted.

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The keycaps are custom designed by MoErgo.

Changing Keycaps (Add Mac Command Option Keycaps)

WARNING: Be very careful when pulling the keycaps, you may pull out the key switch and damage it. Choc switch keycaps are very tight. When you pull a keycap, use the bundled wench to hold down the switch under it.

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glove80 pull switch

USB Port and Power

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glove80 USB port

The MoErgo (Magic) Key

The lower left corner key with the MoErgo logo is the “magic” key. It is a key for selecting bluetooth device and show battery status, and other keyboard config.

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Key Switch

key switch is Kailh Choc Switch.


Show Battery Status

To show battery levels, press the lower left key on left part.

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Battery Life

Assuming lights off, and the device is switched on 24/7 the life is around 3 weeks on left hand and 3 months on right.

Charging Battery

Each hand has a battery.

To charge each part, just plugin the USB-C to USB-A cable.

According to the manual, charging time is 3 to 4 hours.


Show Bluetooth Connection Status and Connecting to Bluetooth

Glove80 Keyboard Layout

Firmware and Programing the Keyboard (Create Custom Key Layouts and Key Macros)

Glove80 Unboxing

Glove80 Manual


At over $300, it's a bit expensive, however, you don't have much choice, if you want a bowl curved surface keyboard. They are all above $300. If you want bluetooth in addition, they are above $400.

Best points:

If you never had ergo keyboard, this is a major step up. It fixed all the baggage of the mechanical Typewriters we are inherited with. [see Keyboard Design Flaws]

If you already have ergo keyboard experience, here's the better parts:

Things that may not suitable for you:

Where to Buy

Glove80 Keyboard

Contoured Keywell Keyboards