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Ascent Accessory for Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard
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- The Ascent accessory enables tenting of the Freestyle2 keyboard from 20 to 90 degrees (in 10 degree increments)
- Tenting reduces forearm tension to improve typing comfort
- Use the Ascent to achieve vertical typing
- Freestyle2 keyboard sold separately
- Solid metal construction (made in the USA)
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|Hardware Connectivity||—||USB 2.0||USB||USB||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||10.5 x 14 x 2.5 in||2.75 x 9.75 x 2.75 in||1.3 x 9.57 x 16.22 in||9.25 x 15.94 x 1.26 in||7.28 x 15.35 x 0.71 in||—|
|Item Weight||1 lb||0.95 lb||1.98 lbs||2.2 lbs||2.2 lbs||—|
FREESTYLE ASCENT MULTI-TENT ACCESSORY. LATERAL SLOPE ADJUSTMENTS BETWEEN 20-90 D
Top Customer Reviews
They clearly have a corner on the market as evidenced by the price and the fact that it feels like a concept piece. with a little R&D the overall design and construction could be improved, but there's no competition to make that happen.
It weighs a ton which helps to keep it in place. Once you find the right placement, don't plan on moving it.
After having it, I now realize that I could have just Velcro'd the keyboard halves to heavy book ends.
While this produce does as advertised, I can't give it more than 3 stars due to the high price for such a seemingly low cost device.
Besides the price, my only complaint is that when you use angles that approach 90 degrees there is no longer enough weight pushing down to hold the keyboard perfectly still while you type like a horizontal keyboard would be. It is sturdy enough to use but there is a bit of bounce. This is a design issue that they could have solved by using closer tolerances in the stand (especially the hinge) or by adding some bushings. One side appears to be a little worse than the other. Since I don't intend to change positions a lot I may put some hot glue in there to stabilize it a bit more.
If I were to get one of these keyboards for home use I would make my own stand out of cardboard like my prototype was because this is just too expensive.
I disagree about needing to be able to adjust along all three axes; I do find that I need to rotate the keyboard so its angled away from me to be comfortable, but I think I would find tilting it towards or away from me just frustrating.
I don't understand why the horizontal spreader bar is included; it is too short for what I find is a comfortable distance for me.
The workmanship on this is very high though--very solid steel. I cannot say whether or not it is worth the money for you, but at least you don't need to worry that you're going to end up with something flimsy.
A couple comments suggest that it cannot be rotated. To clarify: you can rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise. Just don't attach the spreader bar. (I personally don't use the spreader bar, or really see the point of it.) You can tent it up or down as much as you like. You cannot tilt towards you or away from you, but I can't begin to imagine why anyone would want to do that.
It's a quality addition to the kinesis freestyle, albeit a bit pricey.
I own two of these, I have one at work, and one at home. These keyboards definitely do conform to the natural position of my hands, especially relative to the way normal, and most ergonomic keyboards are designed. It is really that simple.
Could be improved if it latched into the selected position, rather than just resting there... it can be bumped out of position by the chair arm, if you don't back up far enough before you turn...