Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard for PC (20" Extended Separation)
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- AWARD-WINNING SPLIT DESIGN: Unlike fixed ergonomic keyboards, the Freestyle2 Blue allows you to rotate and separate the key modules up to 20" to achieve natural hand, wrist and forearm positions for your specific body type and preferences.
- CONVENIENT BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTION: Multichannel Bluetooth technology allows you to pair the keyboard with up to 3 Bluetooth-enabled devices and switch between them instantly. Rechargeable Lithium polymer battery with up to 6 months between charges. 30 foot range.
- STANDARD WINDOWS LAYOUT: The Freestyle2 Blue for PC features a standard Windows layout with hotkeys like Cut, Copy, Paste, and multimedia keys to boost your productivity. Windows 7-10, Linux, and Chrome. No software or special drivers required.
- LOW-FORCE KEY SWITCHES: The Freestyle2 Blue uses a custom membrane key switch that features a low-activation force and tactile feedback to reduce finger fatigue, impact and strain.
- WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Freestyle2 Blue for PC wireless Bluetooth keyboard with a standard Windows Layout with extended 20" linking cable, detachable pivot tether for adjustable splay, USB charging cable (6ft), and Quick Start Guide.
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The Freestyle2 Blue is the most versatile wireless ergonomic keyboard on the market. and is designed to adapt to your body type and preferences to increase your comfort and boost your productivity. Customize the position of the keyboard modules with adjustable split, splay and available tenting to achieve natural positions for your hands, wrists, and forearms to reduce static muscle tension and strain.
Multichannel Bluetooth technology allows you to pair the keyboard with up to 3 Bluetooth-enabled devices and switch between them instantly.
Adjustable split boosts comfort and productivity for all body types
Separate and splay the modules to shoulder-width to keep wrists straight.
Tenting enables 5, 10, and 15 degrees to reduce forearm pronation caused by flat keyboards. Chose the VIP3 (with Palm Supports) or V3 Accessory (without Palm Supports).
Zero-degree slope and available cushioned Palm Supports Accessory eliminate harmful wrist extension.
Tenkeyless layout results in a smaller footprint for closer mouse placement to reduce harmful over-reach.
Kinesis Corporation- The leaders in computer ergonomics since 1992
The ultimate ergonomic keyboard for multitaskers and mobile workers
Pair the Freestyle2 Blue with up to 3 Bluetooth-enabled devices and instantly switch between them for the ultimate in typing COMFORT and CONVENIENCE
Freestyle2 tents up to 90 degrees with the Ascent Accessory
Kinesis Corporation was founded in 1991 with the objective of developing the first computer keyboard optimized for comfort and productivity. After extensive research, the first Kinesis contoured keyboard, the Model 100, was launched commercially in 1992. The success of the Kinesis contoured keyboard in solving intractable RSI problems has been remarkable and unprecedented.
Twenty-seven years later and Kinesis is still creating innovative ergonomic keyboards for work and recreation.
- Seattle, Washington USA
- Liftetime Tech Support
The Freestyle design is backed by extensive research and testing
For 7 months the Atlas IPS firm conducted an independent study investigating the impact of the Freestyle keyboard’s unique split design on posture, comfort, and performance with 80 employees at a large U.S. software company.
- 100% were back to full productivity after a brief adaption period
- 96% preferred the Freestyle over their conventional keyboard
- 79% experienced a decrease in neck discomfort
- 50% experienced a decrease in ulnar deviation
Wireless Multichannel Bluetooth 3.0
- Easy to pair
- No more cables to manage
- Switch multiple devices on the fly
- Taking the Freestyle2 Blue on the go
- 6 month battery life and 30 foot range
Pair with up to 3 devices
Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue Keyboard for PC
- Width: Min: 15.4 inches; Max: 23.5 inches
- Depth: 7.1 inches
- Height: 0.9
- Connection: Wireless Bluetooth 3.0
- Weight: 2 lbs
- USB Charging Cable: 6 ft (Cannot be used for typing)
- System Requirements: Bluetooth connection
- Battery Life: 6 months between charges (for normal use)
Other members of the award-winning Freestyle split keyboard family:
- For mechanical key switches and programmability choose the Freestyle Pro.
- For mechanical key switches, programmability, and backlighting choose the Freestyle Edge.
Standard Layout No Learning Curve
- Windows 7-10
Low-Force, Tactile Key Switches
- Peak force: 44 grams
- Activation force: 35 grams
- Travel distance: 3.9 mm
- Switch type: Rubber dome, membrane
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|Are batteries included?||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Are batteries required?||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Color||Black||VIP3||Dark Gray||20 Inch Separation||—||Cherry Mx Brown|
|Hardware Interface||Bluetooth||USB 2.0||Bluetooth||USB||USB 2.0||USB|
|Item Dimensions||15.40 x 0.90 x 7.10 inches||9.75 x 2.75 x 2.75 inches||15.40 x 0.90 x 7.10 inches||9.57 x 1.30 x 16.22 inches||19.00 x 12.50 x 3.50 inches||7.25 x 15.50 x 1.25 inches|
|Item Weight||2.00 lbs||0.50 lbs||2.00 lbs||1.98 lbs||2.50 lbs||2.60 lbs|
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The keyboard types wonderfully. It's a light touch yet has a great tactile feel. I really like it. The placement of the most common keys is typical, which is good for me.
I have frustration too with the vendors decision to ship the stands separately and getting $35 for something so simple. I made my own (see picture) with two cutting boards (cut to size) and two straight cabinet handles (total cost of $16 and they are stable). I also dislike (but understand) the number pad being extra (I just put a traditional keyboard farther forward such that my right hand can get to it easily - no problems with two keyboards working together.)
There are lots of reasons someone might want the 20" cord, yet many will be happy with the 9". I'm really frustrated that they charge a lot more for a 20" cord that costs them only pennies more. Luckily, for many, it won't be needed. For wheelchair mounting, someone with very wide shoulders, for straddling a laptop, for just experimentation and more, you may have a reason. (By the way, if you need an even longer cord, like to route it on your wheelchair behind your back the manufacturer will work with you.)
SUMMARY: If you want separate sides to position them the way you want, this will work will, yet still has some useless keys and poor layout of some keys.
NOTE: I use three different computers and tested on all of them. ONE machine kept dropping keys with this blue version (on which I'm typing now). It was enough to where I thought I'd have to return it. But seeing it work well on two others gave me hope. I tried a second bluetooth unit on that one machine. No luck. So I purchased a USB card ($16) to put in this one machine (that is a desktop). It worked! No dropped keys. I'm typing on that setup right now with no problems.
I would have liked the option to purchase the unit with a longer cord. As you can see the picture I attached, I placed the halves on the arms of my chair. That means I can't secure them to the trays because the 20" cord is not long enough to route under the seat chair. I asked the support desk about this when I called (see below) and they said I could buy a longer cord and it would be easy to install on my own. I haven't yet done that, but I will. It's annoying to have a wireless keyboard and still have to deal with wires.
I also would have liked the ability to map keys. However, I worked around that buy setting up custom shortcuts in Word Options. So if you're thinking about buying this but you really wish for a keyboard that had, for instance, an emdash key, just go to Word Options > Proofing > Autocorrect and add it there. Of course, that only helps if you're using Word.
Overall, I feel the quality of this product is good. It's solid and everything is tight. I had to call Kinesis support (because I'm an idiot), and they answered right away and were helpful. The unit arrived charged, so I could get to work right away. I topped it off that night and haven't had to plug it in since (about a week).
I'd prefer this keyboard to be smaller and have fewer keys. There are a bunch on the left (cut, paste, web forward, web backward, etc.) that aren't necessary. I bought the VIP3 Accessory Kit for Kinesis Freestyle2 Keyboard (KIN-FS-VIP3) with this, which I totally recommend for people who care about ergonomics. With the kit installed, each half is pretty big--about 8" x 9.5". But it's worth it because the wrist rests make a big difference in comfort. I also don't love the feel of the keys, but that's a really personal thing. They're clackety and they travel pretty far. I'm more accustomed to a laptop keyboard and feel I get the best speed with less travel. That said, I don't notice the travel when I'm touch typing at speed.
I would definitely recommend this keyboard. There's nothing on the market close to the price, so this is a great way to find out if a split keyboard is your thing. The resale value of this product is high, which was a consideration for me when I bought it. I intended to use it for a while and then get a smaller customized split keyboard from a maker. At that time, I'd planned to sell this one, knowing it will only a take a day before a buyer took if off my hands. I still plan to buy a smaller customized unit, but I'm pretty sure I'll keep this Kinesis as a backup because it is a good keyboard and you can never have too many weirdo gadgets around.
I found it a bit persnickety to get the blue tooth set up. I now have it set up to work with my laptop, desktop and phone, and it works great. There is about 0.5 sec lag when you switch inputs. As a fast typist it took me a bit to get use to it, but once you adjust it's fine.
What I've really noticed is that once you've used this, going back to a regular keyboard, you'll be amazed at how much you adjusted to this keyboard. A regular keyboard makes you feel totally cramped. That's when you notice that you've been typing with your shoulders pulled back, arms straight out in front of you and hands relaxed.
I would find it very difficult and uncomfortable to use a "regular" keyboard for any length of time.
It's expensive, but money well spent!