|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5 months|
Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard for Mac (20" Extended Separation)
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- Split-adjustable design allows the Freestyle2 to adjust to your body (extended 20" separation)
- Multichannel bluetooth for pairing with any bluetooth enabled device (e.g., Macbook, iPad, iPhone and iMac etc)
- Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and newer & iOS devices
- Low force, tactile keyswitches
- Compatible Accessories: Palm Supports, VIP3 and V3 Lifters for tenting, and Numeric keypad
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|Hardware Connectivity||Bluetooth||USB 2.0||Bluetooth||USB||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||0.9 x 15.4 x 7.1 in||2.75 x 9.75 x 2.75 in||0.9 x 15.4 x 7.1 in||7.28 x 15.35 x 0.71 in||1.3 x 9.57 x 16.22 in||9.25 x 15.94 x 1.26 in|
|Item Weight||2 lbs||0.95 lb||2 lbs||2.2 lbs||1.98 lbs||2.2 lbs|
Kinesis is the market-leader in computer ergonomics and has been designing premium keyboards for more than 25 years. The award-winning Freestyle2 keyboard is perfect for those looking to increase their productivity or enhance their comfort, at home or in the office. The Freestyle2's unique split-adjustable design allows you to position the key modules at shoulder width or connect the included pivot tether to splay the key modules- choose the configuration that works best for your body type. Low-force, tactile keyswitches provide a satisfying typing experience and are very quiet. The Freestyle2 features an embedded numeric keypad for easy access to the 10-key. And since the Freestyle2 uses a standard key layout, there is no learning curve. Add the optional Palm Supports with gel pads to keep your wrists neutral, or add the VIP3 or V3 lifters which attach to the base of the keyboard to provide reproducible tent settings of 5, 10, or 15 degrees which greatly reduces forearm tension. The wireless Freestyle2 Blue for Mac is ideal for mobile use, sit-stand desks, or anyone who prefers not to clutter their desk with unnecessary cords. Pair the Freestyle2 with up to 3 of your bluetooth enabled devices (e.g., Macbook, iPhone, iPad, iMac etc) and instantly switch between them (up to 30 feet). The rechargeable lithium polymer battery is designed to last 4-6 months on a single charge. Mac-specific driverless hotkeys support common shortcuts like cut/copy/paste, brightness, multimedia actions, Dashboard and much, much more. With the extended 20 separation this keyboard is ideal for broad-shouldered individuals.
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The Kinesis key switches require less pressure than a Goldtouch, but more than an Apple laptop or Apple Aluminum keyboard. The throw of the Kinesis keys is also in-between a Goldtouch and Apple, but closer to the Goldtouch and other full-size-keycaps keyboards.
Bluetooth with this keyboard is great—it wakes up promptly, pairs without issue, and having 3 channels allows you to pair it with as many computers without conflict, even if they're all in range.
The biggest downside is if you're a programmer or other type who likes to use the function keys as their namesake suggests full time. There isn't a way to lock the fn on this keyboard—the keys that are dual-marked as F# and an OS function (volume, brightness, play/pause, etc.) always perform the latter operation unless you are also pressing the fn key in the lower left of the keyboard. This is unlike Apple keyboards, which provide an option in keyboard settings to invert this behavior (i.e. the F#/OS function keys act as F# keys normally and only perform their OS behaviors when fn is pressed). If you use IntelliJ other JetBrains IDEs, you'll be frustrated by this behavior.
I found this keyboard very adjustable to get the correct angle to relieve the stress of angling your wrist while typing. You can spread each side out pretty wide. (up to approx. 24") and/or angle the keyboard to match the angle of your forearms as they come together to type .
The keyboard is a fairly good size and the keys are a decent width apart, its not a compact keyboard.
I'm so used to a keyboard like those on a laptop or from apple which are more compact. However I've noticed that I"m putting much more tension on my wrists that way. This keyboard has relieved my wrist pain in a matter of a day or so.
I was able to transition to this fairly easy, but like any keyboard change expect some time it takes to get used to it, missing keys, especially if spreading the halves out wider. Though I must admit once you get used to it, it is the better way to type.
The extra keys on the left for cut, cop, paste are very helpful. And I had no problem using this my Macbook. Setup was easy.
Use with 3 bluetooth devices: The fact that I can switch to use this with my phone (typing longer texts or emails) and my iPad is very useful. I have both on my desk.
I went back and tried my old compact keyboard and realize how much strain I'm putting on my wrists. Thought I'm used to that more and can type faster on its compact size. I won't ding them for that, it all up to preference and what you are used to.
I now use this along with a vertical mouse and my angry wrist is happy now!
- The blue writing for the "F" functions are not easy to see unless in a bright office.
- It doesn't have a "Caps" light to let you know when in upper case mode.
- The option to tile the keyboard forward should be just a kick stand, not a $30 or so option.
I am used to a MacBook Pro keyboard, but have used regular desktop keyboards with no problem. This is not about getting used to the key placement - the key size is an ergonomic / human factors issue....ironically.
The main lettered keys are fine, but the keys to the outer edges (Left of my left hand, and right of my left hand) are too far from the home row. This requires me to rotate my hands (the pivot points being the F key for my left hand, and the J key for the right hand - the home row keys with the 'nubs'). This rotation is uncomfortable and I loose my place on the keyboard. The issue is more pronounced on my right hand, where hitting the delete key is common. The spacebar is too big (left side goes beyond the C key, and the right side goes beyond the M key). I get that having the keyboard split in two adds to the space in the middle of the keyboard due to the frame, but the difference in key spacing is quite noticeable and results in a strain of my hands and wrists. The Keys to the left of the normal keyboard are a waste due to the distance from the home row.
I would have rated the keyboard 3-4 stars if the keys were more similar in size to other keyboards I've used.
The build quality is horrible. Very brittle / hollow feeling. The switch mechanism below each key is engineered in such a way that the keys feel wobbly and unstable. The keys feel mushy but don't require much force to press. The keys are a little loud for my liking.
Based on what I've read and seen online, the design and specs of this keyboard have not changed much if many years. Based on all of the above info in this review, it appears that Kenesis has used their hold on this niche market to charge a lot of money for what they offer. Not worth the cost of admission. (The only real competitor is the Matias Ergo Pro. Which I will buy once they fix their QA manufacturing problems in May - I called them).
The VIP3 accessory is required for ergonomic use, and although the design could be much improved (it does not lock into place and can fall over if not careful), it is not as bad as some of the reviews may have you believe.