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Kinesis USB Advantage Pro Keyboard - Black

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Kinesis ® Contoured Keyboard family is based on a unique, patented design that minimises the pain and strain typists experience from heavy use of conventional computer keyboards.
  • Includes Single action foot switch.
  • On-board programmability to reduce strain and repetitive typing (unlimited remapping: 24, 36, or 48 macros up to 56 characters), Pro model includes second memory chip for longer macros (up to 140 characters)..
  • Mechanical Key Switches(Tactile, silent, Operating force: 1.59oz, 50 million operations )
  • Integrated 2 port USB Hub,
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Technical Details
BrandKinesis
Item Weight1.8 Kg
Product Dimensions46.2 x 27.4 x 10.8 cm
Item model numberKIN-ADVPROHY
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
  
Additional Information
ASINB004X9B3JQ
Best Sellers Rank 92,439 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
Date First Available15 Jun. 2011
  
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Kinesis KIN-ADVPRO - A product; the Advantage Pro Keyboard is a (US layout) black USB connected contoured keyboard based on a unique; patented design that minimises the pain and strain typists experience from heavy use of conventional computer keyboards. The Pro inclu (1year warranty)

Manufacturer's Description

The Kinesis® FreestyleTM adjustable split keyboard is a breakthrough in ergonomic design. Created with input from ergonomists and health professionals, the Freestyle adapts to the specific needs of each user, minimizing awkward postures, while providing a stylish accent to any workstation. Featuring simple, sturdy adjustment mechanisms the Freestyle is intuitive to configure and use. Interchangable accessories provide features never before available from just one keyboard design - the Freestyle Solo™. Four optional accessory packages, the Freestyle Incline™, Freestyle VIP™, Freestyle V3™ and Freestyle Ascent™ Multi-Tent™ can be purchased to provide additional capabilities. These five configurations allow the user to choose features that offer complete separation, adjustable front splay, adjustable or fixed tenting, with or without integrated and removable, padded palm supports. Other unique features of the Solo keyboard include driverless hot keys for mouse intensive actions, an embedded 10-key (PC only), low-profile design to promote neutral wrist posture, a Pivot Tether™ connecting the two keying modules together and quiet, tactile key switches

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I thought I'd wait a while to gain some experience with this keyboard before giving my opinion. I've been using it as my main keyboard for 4 months now. Note that Amazon's product description is for the wrong Kinesis keyboard, the Freestyle, so see the Kinesis website for the correct description.

The biggest positive is that it has really helped reduce the pain I get from my neck and shoulder trapped nerve problems. For that alone it has been worth the expense. I now have a more relaxed posture due to the split keyboard design, ensuring my hands are shoulder width apart. I find the concave key layout also helps keep the wrists at the correct angle. The thumb key grouping also works very well. Along with switching from the QWERTY to Colemak layout, this has also greatly reduced the amount of travel my fingers and thumbs do.

The foot pedal is useful to get quick access to the second layer. By default this gives access to the numeric keypad layout, but you can remap keys on both this and the main layer however you want. As a software developer this is ideal for quick access to certain keys used often when programming. Also it is great the remapping is done by the keyboard hardware, so no software needs to be installed on the PC. It means I can just plug this into any PC when I'm on client site and use my custom mapping.

Note that this keyboard shipped with a US keycap layout, but it just took a quick email to Kinesis and they sent me the UK keycaps for free, great service.

Another reviewer complained about the mechanical keys. Well this is my first mechanical keyboard and I find it a joy to type on. Much better than my old Microsoft Natural Elite. It makes a different noise to that, but not any louder.
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The Kinesis keyboard felt nicely made and robust and I particularly liked the smaller function keys and multi purpose keys at the top to maximise the space. The ability to turn the right hand section of keys into a number pad at the touch of a button was also ideal.

The unit also comes with a foot pedal that can be programed to serve whatever function you want. You can also re-code any of the keyboard to change functions or layout, although strangely there is no option to move the keys around to reflect these changes which seems a bit of a wasted opportunity. I would have expected to either be able to move the keys, or at least have a method of re-labelling the keys so you can keep track of the changes you've made.

The keyboard was quite responsive and featured mechanical keys, which I gather are supposed to be more robust and longer lasting than whatever is used on cheaper keyboards. On the negative side, I found this made the keys very loud and "clacky" when in use, especially for heavy handed touch typing. It also led to extra strain on the finger joints as there's no cushion when you fully press the key. I found this a bit odd on a keyboard designed mostly for people with joint/tendon issues of to ensure you don't get those issues.

My other complaint was the location of the thumb key sets. I have relatively small hands and yet the thumb keys were so close to the main key groups that I couldn't twist my thumb close enough to the rest of my hand to use them. I had to move my whole hand further away from the home keys to use the thumb buttons. Again this felt odd for a keyboard that is supposed to be reducing the amount of movement the typist is having to perform and thus reduce the chances of repetitive strain issues.
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The keyboard itself is awesome. I've touch typing with dvorak layout for a while now so it really didn't take me more than an hour or two to get used to it. It did take me a while to get it propperly set up on my linux machine. Keys remapped, and turning the sound off, and i had issues with alt and ctrl keys, so I have to have it in mac mode for everything to work.

pros: it feels awesome and my wpm is a bit higher. I love the quick remapping of keys.

cons: the fabric on the pads started peeling off in a day. It's not much, but for this price, i would expect the pads to be better. One other downside is that I cant remap the keyapd key, and it's a bit far.
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It takes a while to learn how to use this keyboard, but I now can't do without it. I can type for many hours without any strain - on a normal keyboard, my hands and arms ache after just 30 minutes so this is quite a feat. It's quite loud when typing.

The one downside is that it doesn't play well with USB 3.0 on Windows machines, so it comes with an adapter that fixes the problem. I wish that was not necessary, but otherwise: Perfection.
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