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Kinesis Freestyle2 VIP3 Accessory AC820-BLK (Freestyle2 keyboard sold separately)

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Color: VIP Conversion kit (Bundle price)
  • Brand Name: Kinesis
  • Model Number: KIN-FS-VIP3
  • Connectivity Technology: usb
  • Color: VIP Conversion kit (Bundle price)
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

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Color: VIP Conversion kit (Bundle price)

VIP Accessory Kit (V-Lifter and Integrated Palm Supports) is perfect for individuals that require more tenting, variable splay and/or complete separation of their keyboard. The VIP Accessory Kit allows for instant switching between slopes of 10 and 15 degrees with rock-solid stability. This kit also allows for wrists support ensuring a neutral resting position for your wrists through the integrated, padded palm supports. This Kit requires an available USB port and is compatible with PC, Macintosh, Sun and Linux systems.

Product Information

Color:VIP Conversion kit (Bundle price)
Product Dimensions 9.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B008BVNQW4
Item model number KIN-FS-VIP3
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4.2 out of 5 stars 467 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #287 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Keyboards, Mice & Accessories > Keyboards
Date first available at Amazon.com June 22, 2012

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Color: 20-inch separation PC Verified Purchase
I own two of these keyboards -- one for home and one for the office, both with the VIP3 attachment (highly recommended). I've been through several ergonomic designs, and for me, this is the best on the market, by far. The low-pressure, rubber-dome keys are pleasant to type on, and the 20" separation means that i can position the sections in such a way that i can keep my arms by my side and my shoulders relaxed. I have zero complaints about build quality, and i feel that my money was well spent.

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?
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I've been a medical transcriptionist for almost 5 years this year and after going through a number of keyboards, I will always want to return to this one. The key activation force is low so I don't have to type on it like a machine gun lets its bullets go. Every other keyboard has been loud enough that family members can hear me typing throughout the entire house but the Kinesis is so quiet I can barely hear myself typing now. It's very nice since I need to be able to hear the doctors in my ears to do my job properly.

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.
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Color: 20-inch separation Mac Verified Purchase
I've been using this keyboard for two months. I bought the Goldtouch GTU-0088 v2 at the same time and tried them head to head for a day to confirm my first impressions:

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.
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This keyboard has a great feel and with the VIP3 accessory actually fits my body very well. Unfortunately, there are a few layout decisions which are questionable and annoying:

- 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.
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