|Item model number||KB500USB-BLK|
|Item Weight||2.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 16.5 x 2.9 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||8 x 16.5 x 2.87 inches|
Kinesis KB500USB-BLK Advantage USB Contoured Keyboard (Black)
|Price:||$269.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Advanced ergonomics PLUS on-board programmability
- Compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems
- Instant configuration for Windows, Mac and non-Windows PC operating environments, includes Windows and Mac legended keys.
- Integrated two-port USB hub
- USB devices can be hot-plugged safely
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|Connectivity Technology||usb||Wireless||Wired||Information not provided|
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It took me about 2 weeks to get fully adjusted to using the Kinesis, but if you are patient, it will not only pay off with better ergonomics, but speed. I can probably type 5-10WPM faster with the Kinesis than with any other keyboard. Co-workers walking by my desk always thought I'd been over-caffeinated because of how fast I was typing. My only caution to you is if you have root privileges and are learning on a Unix or Linux system. Watch those typos! The only bummer about my version is that it's not USB and doesn't have a Windows key. I personally don't use the macro's but it's extremely useful for developers. One of the companies I used to work for would order them for developers and sysadmins at their request; they all requested them. The new Kinesis Advantage is USB and includes a Windows key. Even with the minor drawbacks on my version, I still preferred it when having to work 8-10 hours/day. I got used to creating shortcuts for everything in Windows.
Another funny advantage to the Kinesis is it keeps other people from "driving" your computer. It's hilarious watching people look for the Enter and Backspace keys like they have never typed before in their lives. Tee hee! Seriously though, this is the best ergonomic keyboard on the market. Now all they need to do is add some multimedia keys, add backlighting, and drop the price by $200 and I'll update mine!Read more ›
I have owned Kinesis contoured keyboards for over twenty years now, they are simply wonderful. I had severe RSI for a couple of years and I was forced to seek medical attention, they wanted to operate, I didn't. Besides I had just graduated and couldn't afford to take time off or the cost of the operation.
So I took the weekends off, did a little less typing and took over the counter ibuprofen. That was also the time that I discovered the Kinesis products. It took about two weeks to adjust to the new keyboard, although going back to a regular keyboard was no problem for me.
I also learned the Dvorak keyboard, but it was too hard to switch back to a regular QWERTY keyboard. For me as a consultant/contractor, I often need to work at client sites and needed to be able to use a QWERTY keyboard, so I abandoned Dvorak.
I tend to work twelve hour days so there were times when I did have soreness and numbness, but it was minor compared to problems I used to have. Some wrist excersies/stretches and alternating hot/cold water treatments helped too. Several years later, I had an alternative/energy medicine person do some things on my hand and I have not had any problems since.
But I still have a couple of Kinesis keyboards and I love them. Wouldn't go back to a regular keyboard if they paid me. The cost is a higher than others, but I have not found a keyboard that worked better for me. I've tried the Microsoft Natural keyboard, among others, but this one is still my favorite. Is it worth the initial lost productivity? These days I can work for sixteen hours and not have any problems to speak of.Read more ›
I am a software developer and frequently use the arrow keys to move around. However, the arrow keys on this keyboard are located way off to the bottom of the main key section in a position very difficult to reach with my fingers. Moreover, the arrow keys are split between the left and right handed keys. The left/right keys are on the left-hand side and the up/down keys are on the right-hand side. This orientation is VERY difficult to use and not suited for certain repetitive tasks I often perform. However, I was able to get around this problem by purchasing a USB numeric keypad (http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Numeric-Keypad-Thinkpad-USB/dp/B00004Z7F0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1222551284&sr=1-1), which can also be used for its arrow keys.
A similar issue for me is the location of the bracket keys. These are even more difficult to get to than the arrow keys. Most typists probably only use these keys rarely, but they are used quite frequently when writing software programs. The Advantage lets you remap keys, but this leads to a lot of confusion while you are typing and simply swaps one set of keys with another.
Another issue with this keyboard is that ctrl/alt key combinations are designed to be keyed using both hands. Frequently, I need to perform cut and paste operations while handling the mouse with one hand. On the Advantage, this can only be done by stretching out your thumb and little fingers in an uncomfortable and unergonomic fashion.
I also am not fond of the soft function keys (F1-F12) on this keyboard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although this keyboard took a little ( 2-3 wks ) getting used to, I love this keyboard. I would NEVER purchase another keyboard....Kensis 4 ever ! LOL ! Read morePublished 9 days ago by J.-Russell
Good overall. My one complaint, which is a big one, is that the placement of the command key for OSX isn't good. Read morePublished 10 days ago by steven walnuts
So I'm finally writing a review about 2 months after buying the Kinesis. It admittedly took me forever to get comfortable typing on and my WPM is still a little slower than on a... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Paul Ewing
The keyboard is just like explained but for me, it's way too much of a learning curve. I only use a split keyboard and I've been using one for almost 10 years now. Read morePublished 20 days ago by msgrnbay
Works great. Took a while to get used to. Still not typing at previous speeds over a month later.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully constructed keyboard that does take some getting used to. Ergonomically, it is very comfortable, and, after investing some time, speed and confidence do pick up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Orion
I have used the Kinesis keyboard for several years. I have mild arthritis throughout both hands. Typing on a regular keyboard would become too painful rather quickly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DMNMD
Love this keyboard. My daughter suggested it as a way to get rid of carpal tunnel symptoms and I have not had any since starting to use it about a month ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Savage
This keyboard is well designed. I especially like that the keys are close together. Becoming accustomed to the key placement took some time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mpr