Kinesis Freestyle2 VIP3 Accessory AC820-BLK (Freestyle2 keyboard sold separately)
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At this point, i should be clear: I do recommend this keyboard (see above). Despite its shortcomings, i bought a second, and i would buy a third if i had a third location of on-site programming work. But for the remainder of this review, i will be lambasting the designers for some unfortunate decisions that cause me daily grief. Given the attention that Kinesis gave to most areas of this keyboard, i find it perplexing that they included some truly brain-dead "features" for a modern piece of equipment.
Firstly, the placements of several keys are questionable. The escape key may as well be in the upper atmosphere -- it's large, but i have to completely remove my hand from the keyboard and issue a shoulder movement to be able to reach it. As a programmer and a vim user, i press the escape key a lot. This keyboard has forced me to remap it to another key. The 'home', 'end', 'page up', 'page down', and 'delete' keys are nearly impossible to navigate efficiently without looking down at the keyboard. Somehow, 'insert' wound up as a function key (that is, you have to use the Fn-modifier to access it), along with 'scroll lock' and 'num lock', whereas 'pause/break' and 'printscreen' get center stage. Was this keyboard designed in the late '80s?Read more ›
This is the second Kinesis Freestyle I've bought, although my first one was the original rather than the Freestyle "2" but I honestly haven't noticed many changes, personally. I use it with the VIP3 accessory, which is equally as amazing as the keyboard itself. The vertical tenting and separable halves of the keyboard give you just about any configuration you could possibly dream up to make your workstation comfortable and/or ergonomic.
1. We as a species need to be using split keyboards. It feels so much better to have your hands even slightly shifted with the keyboard splayed out, and I adjusted to it easily.
2. By modern standards, both keyboards are just not good in terms of key touch/feel. The Goldtouch reminds me of the keyboard on my Commodore 64 from the early 80's. To say it felt "cheap" would be praising it too much. The Kinesis, on the other hand, is OK. It takes less work to press the keys, less noise, and it just feels more fluid than the Goldtouch. Now, either one of these would be smoked by the quality of a good modern keyboard, but of the two the Kinesis is much better.
3. We deserve better quality split keyboards. I highly recommend buying this, but also reviewing it if you want other manufacturers to take notice that we expect better.
The VIP accessory, sold separately, is a good enhancement. Good positioning, pretty solid, and the wrist wrests integrate nicely.
- The Fn key is a modal toggle, rather than a modifier key you hold down, meaning that you have to actually switch modes in order to use the embedded keypad and the keys they haven't considered to be useful
- This wouldn't be so bad, but for some reason they considered Pause/Break to be useful but Insert to not be; so, if I'm pasting text in Emacs or other older applications which only support shift-Insert for paste, I have to switch into Fn mode in order to press Insert.
- The left-hand quick access keys are hardcoded to specific and not-very-universal key combinations that only make sense on some applications
- The volume control keys don't work on Linux for some reason (those same keys work just fine from other keyboards)
- Esc is way out of the way
- The F1-F12 keys aren't grouped in a meaningful way, so it's a lot harder to use them by touch
- Print Scr (which I never use) is given a normal key; ScrLk (which I hardly ever use but use more than Print Scr) is hidden behind Fn
As it stands, I can't really recommend this keyboard for programmers who use it on Linux, which happens to be my primary use case. It's unfortunate, because it's so close to being perfect that the few problems are even more frustrating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this after reading all the wonderful reviews and wanted to experience the best in typing/mouse usage.
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Love this keyboard. Longtime owner of a Kinesis Freestyle 1. I type 7+ hours a day and love the 15 degrees of tilt that you get with the V3 accessory (sold separately). Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jillian Morie
Doesn't always work - I had to turn it off and on to get it to recognize with the computer.Published 14 days ago by Benjamin H.
Missing two stars because it took 2 weeks of misery getting used to the weird positions of the keys on the right side- the delete key, arrows, tiny shift and ctrl keys. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Biker81
I use this keyboard to game and for general computer use. I have RSI so this helps relieve my pain. I previously owned a mechanical keyboard and wasn't able to use that for more... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect cure for my need to have my hands shoulder width apart to maintain comfort following neck surgery.Published 29 days ago by EskieNurse
most comfortable keyboard that I've had. I'm glad I spent a little extra...it's worth it.Published 1 month ago by kathy highley