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Sleek, low profile design
Most keyboards including ergonomic models have a 10 degree positive slope from front to back. These designs tend to bend your wrists. The Freestyle2 has a zero degree slope which minimizes the height, effectively creating negative slope and reducing wrist extension. The slim design provides you a 2-in-1 office and travel keyboard.
Accommodates a wide range of individuals
From small to tall and body types in between, the Freestyle2 allows for maximum flexibility catering to each individual’s unique needs. Out of the box both modules are connected together by a flexible pivot tether allowing an infinite range of splay. Disconnecting the pivot tether allows up to 9 inches of complete separation of both left and right keying modules. Perfect for individual needs ranging from a narrow footprint to complete separation. This design greatly reduces and or/eliminates ulnar deviation.
Compatible operating systems
- Mac OS X 10.4 or newer
- 2-port USB 2.0 hub – compatible with low-powered peripherals only e.g. flash drives & mice.
High powered devices such as iPhones and iPads are not compatible.
- Compatible with PC as a basic keyboard. Hot keys are not compatible.
- Peak force: 44 grams
- Activation force: 35 grams
- Travel distance: 3.9 mm
- Switch type: Rubber dome, membrane
- Is the Freestyle only for people with wide shoulders?
No. The Freestyle is designed to accommodate a wide range of body types from petite to large framed individuals. When both modules are attached the foot print of the keyboard is only 15 3/8 inches wide but allows for unlimited splaying catering to smaller body types. For larger individuals the two keying modules can be unattached allowing up to 9 inches of complete separation. For users requiring more than 9 inches we offer a version with up to 20 inches of separation.
- What options are available
The idea behind the Freestyle was to create a flexible, yet easy to configure modular family of products. The Freestyle keyboard offers everything you need except tenting. For tenting needs we offer three simple accessories that can be used with keyboard modules attached or separated for full flexibility.
Freestyle2 VIP3 – provides adjustable slope (5, 10 and 15 degrees). Includes clip-on padded palm supports that must be attached in order to use V-lifters. Can be used with keyboard modules attached or separated. Compatible only with the Freestyle2.
Freestyle V3 – offers adjustable slope setting of 5, 10 and 15 degrees without the use of integrated palm supports (note: use the VIP3 accessory if palm supports are desired with tenting). Compatible with original Freestyle and Freestyle2.
Freestyle Ascent – offers more progressive slope settings between 20 and 90 degrees (in ten degree increments). Compatible with Freestyle and Freestyle2.
Each accessory enhances the core feature set of the Freestyle keyboard and attaches easily to its underside.
As an additional accessory, Palm Supports can be purchased and used when typing with the keyboard flat to promote neutral wrist posture. Replaceable palm pads included.
- Where is the 10-key?
The 10-key is has been omitted to reduce the overall length of the keyboard allowing for closer placement of any pointing device, thereby, reducing over-reach issues.
- What was the idea behind the driverless hot keys?
The main objective behind creating these unique left-hand hot keys was to reduce mouse clicking and awkward key combinations for commonly used actions. Since its plug n’ play NO special drivers are required to utilize the hot keys. This makes IT departments very happy!
- Hot Keys for the Mac: Cut, Paste, Undo, Select All, Internet Page Forward & Back. Plus most of the special top-row functions the emulate the new iMac keyboard as well as some additional legended actions (Exposé action for “Show desktop,” plus “Show/hide dock”).
- What is the key force?
We devoted extensive effort to developing a low-force yet tactile key switch. Most traditional keyboards, including Microsoft’s latest ergonomic keyboard, utilize key switches with an activation force of approximately 60 grams.
Because keyboarding is an intensely repetitive task, any reduction in key force can improve comfort and reduce the likelihood of injury. We were able to design a key switch for the Freestyle with a typical average key force of 45 grams, approximately 25% less than most other keyboards. The key switch is also very quiet and tactile.
- Why aren’t there pop-up feet to raise the back of the keyboard?
Raising the back of the keyboard encourages wrist extension which can lead to injury. Moreover most traditional and many ergonomic keyboards have a 10 degree slope from front to back that also increases wrist extension. Several design features are incorporated into the Freestyle2 to reduce or completely eliminate wrist extension. These include:
- The Freestyle2 has a zero degree slope which minimizes the height, effectively creating negative slope and reducing wrist extension.
- Optional clip-on, palm supports are available to promote neutral wrist posture.
- No pop-up feet that raise the back of the keyboard.
We also recommend utilizing an adjustable keyboard platform such as the Kinesis Solution Platform System which properly positions the keyboard and other input devices at the correct height as well as offering adjustable negative tilt of the keyboard tray.
- Was the Freestyle2 designed with any particular pointing device in mind?
We did not design the Freestyle2 with any specific pointing device in mind, though we did eliminate the number keypad in order to reduce over-reach issues for any mouse with right handed use. Some users find it convenient to place a touchpad or trackball between the two split keying modules, but most users prefer a conventional mouse used in the normal (but closer, more comfortable) location. Click on the following links to view the Freestyle2 with different peripheral configurations.
- What is the warranty?
All Kinesis manufactured products come with a two-year limited warranty to the original purchaser.
For purchases direct from Kinesis we offer a 60-day money-back guarantee less shipping and handling. Return policies differ among our dealers so customers should inquire as to their specific return policy.
- What support do you offer during setup as well as follow-up?
Each Freestyle product includes detailed printed instructions as well as installation instructions labeled on each accessory. The user guides also can be found on the manual page of our website.
Freestyle Keyboard (All Versions)
Pam D (USA)
Freestyle2 for PC with VIP3 Accessory
Kinesis user since 2009
I have owned the Freestyle and now also the Freestyle2, both with the lifters, for more years than I can count. I have tried many keyboards over the 20 years I’ve owned my transcription business, but since I found this one, I never use any other. Typing as much as I do, I have to use a keyboard that really is ergonomic, not one that just says it is. This one is. I hope you continue to make it forever!
Writer and Teacher
Leland L (USA)
Freestyle2 for PC with VIP3 Accessory
Kinesis user since 2016
I am a writer and teacher. For nearly 20 years I have suffered from episodes of debilitating tendonitis in my shoulders. I also have the beginnings of cubital tunnel syndrome (numbness in my ring fingers and pinkies which is now progressing on to weakness.) I recently purchased a Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard with the VIP 3 accessory bundle. I generally don’t wax particularly emotional over technology, but your product brought me real tears of joy and palpable relief. This keyboard has enabled me to move my arms down and around to my sides and angle my wrists in a more natural (and less painful) position. My sincerest compliments to your design staff. I am now able to remain on task longer and with a huge reduction of pain and fatigue.
Unfortunately, this means I will be making fewer visits to my (cervical) chiropractor. After I described your product to him, he displayed great interest and even seemed authentically happy for me. Though he evinced joy at my purchase, I detected a certain wistfulness. I can only interpret this to be a little sadness at his future decreased revenue. If the relief I feel from your product facilitates me missing two office visits to him, the keyboard will have paid for itself.
Thank you for making my life much easier and less painful. I remain a happy and satisfied customer.
Justin C (USA)
Freestyle2 for Mac with VIP3 Accessory
Kinesis user since 2014
I use my keyboard for lots and lots of programming and I wore out my previous ergonomic keyboard. Kinesis was recommended to me by other programmers and it only took me two hours to adapt to the split design.
I have experience with other ergonomic keyboards but I really like the quality and feel of the keys on the Freestyle2. They are easy to press and have a smooth consistent actuation point while proving to be quite durable. The unlimited positioning of the right and left key modules and the palm supports are wonderful. They keyboard can be positioned to fit any size hands and accommodate in any angled position. I spend 8 to 12 hours a day typing code and have come to rely on the Kinesis Freestyle for comfort.
Thank you so much for making such a fine keyboard. It has honestly improved the comfort and safety of my work and I greatly appreciate it.
Mark G (USA)
Freestyle2 Blue for Mac
Kinesis user since 2006
I’m a broad shouldered guy and typing on a regular keyboard is awful. My elbows stick out like chicken wings and I’m hunched over, causing me to mistype a lot. Even so-called ergonomic keyboards were too cramped for me.
Split keyboards like the Freestyle2 are a godsend for bigger people with broad shoulders. I adjusted instantly to the Freestyle2 and now I even like to move the two halves to different positions for different kinds of projects. The Freestyle2 lets me kick back and type. Kinesis builds quality, solid products.
Julian H (USA)
Freestyle2 Blue for Mac
Kinesis user since 2014
I sought out the Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard because I was suffering from repetitive stress injury (“RSI”) and back / shoulder pain. I also considered the ErgoDox keyboard but I chose the Freestyle2 because the ErgoDox is hard to source, and may require building it from parts yourself.
It took me about 2 weeks to really get into the flow of things with the Freestyle2. I wasn’t a perfect “home-row” typer prior to using the Freestyle2. For example I found that I had been hitting the “b” key with my right hand so that was the hardest adjustment for me. I’m still not a perfect “home-row” typer, but my typing has improved after acclimating to this keyboard.
Using the Freestyle2 significantly reduced my RSI pain, when combined with adjustments to my posture and work habits. I love the split-keyboard, and I have switched to keeping my Apple Trackpad in the center of my desk, which allows me to use either right or left hand for mousing, which helps reduce overall mouse using hand/arm fatigue. After adjusting to the Kinesis Freestyle2, I drastically prefer it over traditional keyboards. Battery life for the bluetooth is really, really good.
The Kinesis Freestyle2 is the absolute best keyboard there is! While it may take a small amount of acclimation, it is absolutely worth it
Kinesis user since 2014
I primarily use the Freestyle 2 for programming and gaming. My day job is writing code and building developer communities, so it is a lot of typing. My night job is streaming video games and creating great content for competitive FPS games. I’m an avid power lifter and was also a weightlifting coach in Seattle. During a training session, I injured my shoulder and realized that my mouse and keyboard exacerbated the problem. I would often end up with aching shoulders, tension headaches, and general soreness in my shoulders and neck.
I started out using the Microsoft Natural 4000 for about 5 years. I hated how hard it was to press buttons while gaming, so I started my search for something different. I tried out a Goldtouch keyboard and that got sent back quickly. The key travel was terrible for someone with larger hands. From there, I got the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard but wireless was a dealbreaker for gaming. I found the Freestyle2 upon more research. It has great key travel, doesn’t need the actuating force of a piston to press buttons, and nearly unlimited configuration options. The Freestyle2 was perfect because it is close to mechanical and also ergonomic. It’s awesome!
It took me about three weeks to get the Freestyle2 adjusted perfectly to match both of my use cases: programming and gaming. It allows me to be pain free when I spend long days in front of the computer programming and then transitioning to an evening of content creation and streaming. My favorite feature is, by far, the keys. The keys are the primary component of a keyboard and most manufacturers really mess up this fundamental aspect. I would especially recommend this to someone that is looking for an adjustable and ergonomic keyboard that doesn’t have wireless limitations or key travel problems. It packs all the right parts of a keyboard and ergonomics into a nice package.
Rachel C (USA)
Kinesis user since 2009
I type about a million words a year writing novels and short stories, and the Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard is a vital part of protecting my wrists. I was starting to experience early symptoms of carpal tunnel–periodic numbness, pain, tingling of the hands. I tried other ergonomic solutions like curved keyboards, but I really wanted something very adjustable to my needs.
I’ve been keeping up a blistering pace of writing for many years now, and the Kinesis Freestyle keyboard has really helped me maintain and protect my hands and wrists. I’m still typing at the same speed I was 20 years ago … about 100 words a minute! And it only took me couple of days, at most, to get acclimated to the keyboard!
I would absolutely recommend the Freestyle 2 keyboard. They’re reliable, fun to use, and extremely responsive. I love them!
Brad M (USA)
Kinesis Freestyle2 for Mac with VIP3
Kinesis user since 2015
I use my Freestyle2 for programming, and writing (documentation, email, etc). I sought out an ergonomic keyboard because I was suffering from chronic wrist & neck pain, and I knew that an ergonomic keyboard was better for my health. I considered the Matias Ergo Pro, a Goldtouch, the Kinesis Advantage, and a Microsoft Natural. I opted for the Freestyle2, because it seemed to have the right mix of features vs. price. I also heavily considered the reviews from other users on Amazon. It took about a week to get acclimated to the Freestyle 2 and after approximately 3 days my wrist and neck pain began to improve. With the extra separation, I can keep my shoulders in a more natural position and working feels comfortable. The Freestyle2 is a well-built keyboard with a good layout and the VIP accessory gives you a lot of flexibility to adjust to what feels good. I recommend this product.
Ario J (USA)
Kinesis user since 2014
I use my Freestyle2 with Mac for email, document writing, OS keyboard shortcuts etc. I type a lot and can get stiff hands and sore shoulders if I use a standard keyboard for extended periods of time. Prior to switching to the Freestyle2 I used a Microsoft ergonomic keyboards and an Apple wireless keyboard. Typing on the Freestyle2 feels more natural than a standard keyboard and it’s a great compliment to my standing desk. It took me no time at all to get acclimated. I would recommend the Freestyle2 to anyone who spends more than 3 hours a day in front of a computer.
Zak E (USA)
Kinesis Freestyle2 w/ VIP3 Accessory
Kinesis user since 2015
I use my Freestyle2 for word-processing, coding, email, & browsing. I had a mechanical keyboard at a previous workstation and I missed the comfort and speed. I also looked at Goldtouch keyboards but the real selling point for the Freestyle2 was the ability to have a completely split keyboard. I recently upgraded to a treadmill desk so it didn’t make any sense for me to use a conventional keyboard which would squish my shoulders together as I walked. Now I walk and type with perfect posture :). It took less than 5 minutes to get acclimated to the Freestyle2 and I was already typing faster on the Freestyle2 than on my Macbook keyboard (90+ WPM versus 78 WPM). And the comfort is unreal. I have recommended the Freestyle2 to a few of my friends and they’ve had great responses as well.
Kinesis user since 1999
I’ve written 3 dozen systems administration books, mostly for Microsoft Press.
Originally I got the predecessor to the contoured Kinesis Advantage because I thought it looked cool. I’ve been using split keyboards for a long time and have had several Freestyle keyboards.
I’m pretty rough on keyboards. I have several Microsoft keyboards and a Goldtouch for when I travel but I use the Kinesis Freestyle2 whenever I can.
The Freestyle2 is a very comfortable keyboard to use – and when you aren’t fussing over your keyboard you can get into the business of being a productive writer. The Freestyle2 is an excellent device on which to write and it only took me a couple of days to get acclimated.
Kinesis user since 2014
I recently switched to an Apple Keyboard that came with my iMac, trying for a svelte, more compact solution for my desk. After using the Apple bluetooth keyboard for awhile, I started developing pain in my fingers and wrists. I have used Microsoft ergonomic keyboards before, but decided to look for something newer, better designed. This lead me to the Kinesis Freestyle2. I love that the Freestyle can tent at various heights, and I can rotate the individual pieces of the keyboard as far as I want to get the most comfortable position for typing.
I love my Freestyle 2 Keyboard. It’s totally worth the price, and excellent pairing with the Apple bluetooth trackpad. This input setup has allowed me to work longer with less pain in my hands than before. No more wrist or finger pain. No more weird sensation in my palms from the Apple bluetooth keyboard’s sharp edge biting into my skin. I haven’t measured it, but feel I’m also typing faster than ever.
Scott M (USA)
Freestyle2 for Mac
Kinesis user since 2014
I use my Freestyle2 keyboard for Mac for all of my internet activity, such as Email, shopping, Facebook, research, and self-education. My non-internet usage centers around letter writing, balancing my checkbook, writing my memoirs, creating envelopes, and archiving and printing my photographs using iPhoto. I also create musical playlists and play music using iTunes.
Using the cordless keyboard that came with my iMac desktop, my hands were constantly bent outward, creating wrist fatigue and pain. On the same keyboard the keys are very shallow and quite close together. Arthritis has caused several of my fingers to become curved or bent, which on the old keyboard was beginning to cause me to frequently mis-key my typing. I was forever hitting the caps lock button unintentionally. In some desperation I called the Apple (internet) Retail store to ask if Apple made a keyboard that was more ergonomic, explaining my situation. There really was nothing available that would be considered ergonomic. I was advised instead to try the Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard for Mac; that it was the keyboard that they used in their office.
As soon as I connected the keyboard to my Mac, I immediately felt at home with it. There was no needed adjustment time. It felt so much more natural to use. I actually enjoy typing again. My fingers are not cramped up together, my wrists are at a natural angle. I can use the keyboard for an extended amount of time now without the accumulating fatigue, soreness or pain. I find that I type much more rapidly and accurately than I have in a very long time. I love the added right and left-side hot keys, in addition to driverless hot keys at the top of the keyboard, all of which which add more convenience and versatility. I’m having fun with this!
I would recommend the Kinesis keyboards to both Mac users and its sister model to PC users. I am so impressed! I also am enthused that accessory kits can be purchased that provide risers or ‘V-Lifters’ to produce forward-angling of the keyboard, or even tenting, as well as padded arm rests; amazingly thoughtful design.
Julie C, (United Kingdom)
Freestyle2 & Freestyle Solo for Mac w/ VIP Accessory
Kinesis User Since 2010
I had thoracic outlet syndrome from poor posture and arm/hand position and had wrist pain, hand numbness, and finger twitching, to the extent where I could not work at all. I tried Microsoft’s split ergonomic keyboard as it was much easier to get in the UK, and much less expensive but it wasn’t tilted enough and didn’t perform well with a Mac. It took only an hour or two to get acclimated to the [Freestyle’s split design] and the wrist pain resolved almost immediately.
With an ergonomic keyboard and physical therapy exercises my symptoms improved quickly and went away almost entirely. They do come back when I spend extended time working on a laptop for example, without doing the stretches and exercises, so I try to use the Freestyle keyboard as much as possible, and take my Freestyle Solo keyboard travelling with me to use attached to my laptop.
I recommend the Freestyle often and without reservation; I was afraid that my working life was going to be severely impacted by my not being able to use my hands and between Kinesis’s keyboard and my physical therapist I can now type without pain. It is probably the best investment I have made for my working health.
As someone who has had progressively worsening thoracic spine/upper back/shoulder problems for nearly 10 years, the Freestyle keyboard was recommended to me after receiving an ergonomic assessment at my new job. I have worked in front of a computer for more than 13 years but had been using a standard keyboard until now. Upon switching to the Freestyle, I found an immediate improvement in my comfort while sitting at my desk, as my shoulders were opened and back instead of curled forward, and there was much less strain on my spine because I was no longer sitting in a hunched position.
I would recommend the Freestyle to anyone that has thoracic spine/upper back/ shoulder problems and also to those who have bad posture, as I find that using a regular keyboard helps to amplify these issues. The freestyle is very comfortable and easy to use, and I suspect that it would help prevent similar spine/back/shoulder problems for those that regularly work at a computer but haven’t experienced issues yet.
– Heather, Postdoctoral Reasearcher
On October 10, 2008, I was seriously injured when struck in the right forearm by shrapnel from an explosion while a spectator at an event in Kentucky. As a result of the injury, and the seven reconstructive surgeries and significant limitation in range of motion that followed, I was understandably limited in my ability to use my computer keyboard for the extensive daily word processing necessary in my legal practice.
Fortunately for me, my wife discovered your Freestyle keyboard. The ability to independently rotate the halves laterally, and to differentially elevate the centerline, has allowed me to tailor the keyboard to conform to my relatively immobile right wrist. As my physical therapy has progressed I have been able to reconfigure the keyboard to complement my improving flexibility and range of motion.
Others who have tried my Kinesis Freestyle keyboard have been most impressed, reporting enhanced comfort and ease of use. I believe this keyboard to be an excellent product and a valuable tool for the modern office.”
– William H. Van Dusen, Jr., Attorney
- I just thought I’d let you know that I got my VIP Freestyle today. I must say that I am pleasantly surprised by the feel of the keyboard – so much so that I would go as far to say that it is the best keyboard I have ever typed on. Thanks for the great keyboard.
– Shawn Badger
- …I’m going to “officially” endorse a product that I use, and love to use: The Kinesis Freestyle USB Keyboard is hands-down the best keyboard I’ve ever used.
– R. Rose, Computer Programmer
- I like the flexibility of the Freestyle keyboard. It fits a wide range of body types and user needs.
– Leah Darrow-Stano, Occupational Therapist, Bluewater Ergonomics
- I am a medical transcriptionist and type up to 8 hours a day. I was in need of a new keyboard and did quite a bit of research in an effort to find a split ergonomic keyboard. I decided on the Freestyle VP. It was the best decision. I am so totally in love with this keyboard.
– Linda Horton, Medical Transcriptionist