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.
Optional palm supports
Optional padded palm supports reduce wrist extension by keeping wrists neutral.
Driverless hot keys
Driverless hot keys for commonly used mouse actions. (Internet Page Forward and Back, Undo, Web Home, Cut, Copy and Paste). A vertical rib is located on the inside row of hot keys to provide tactile notification to the user.
Low-force, tactile key switches
The Freestyle2 utilizes a quiet, low-force, tactile membrane key switch. The typical average maximum key force of a switch is 45 grams. This is at least 25% less than most traditional and many ergonomic keyboards such as the Microsoft 4000 with maximum key forces of over 60 grams.
Preassembled VIP3 and V3 versions
For the utmost in convenience the Freestyle2 can be purchased with either the VIP3 (KB820HMB-us) or V3 (KB830HMB-us) accessory pre-installed onto the Freestyle2 keyboard. To do so, in the dropdown menu for Separation choose 9″ and under Options choose either Pre-assembled with V3 or VIP3.
Compatible operating systems
Dimensions with VIP3 accessory installed
Dimensions with V3 accessory installed
* Hot Keys for Sun & Linux, remote access, and terminal emulation: Hot keys on the PC Freestyle are designed for Windows and may not be supported by Linux & Sun systems or by some browsers. Some hot keys will not work if you are using terminal emulation or remote access. If you have questions about hot keys, contact Kinesis Technical Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Feature||Freestyle, PC||Freestyle, Mac||Optional VIP3 Accessory||Optional V3 Accessory||Optional Ascent Accessory|
|Tenting Lateral slope adjustment of the keying surface to elevate the thumb sides of the hands to reduce forearm pronation.||5, 10 & 15 deg||5, 10 & 15 deg||20-90 deg|
9” version: 9” of complete separation of both keyboard modules to reduce ulnar deviation (measured from the inside edge of each module). Maximum distance between F & J Keys: 11.50 inches.
20” version: 20” of complete separation of both keyboard modules to reduce ulnar deviation (measured from the inside edge of each module). Maximum distance between F & J Keys: 25.75 inches.
|9” or 20”||9” or 20”||(20” recommended)|
|Splay (with pivot tether connected)||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Non-US language version
Danish Print , German Print , French Print
Spanish Print , Swedish Print & UK Print
|Embedded numeric keypad Reduces keyboard width for closer mouse position||Yes|
|Palm supports Attach easily to the front edge of the Freestyle2 keyboard to promote neutral wrist posture. Palm pads included.||Optional||Optional||Included (Required)||Not Supported||Optional|
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.
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.
(PC Only) The 10-key is embedded into the right key well of the keyboard (just like you would find on a laptop). This reduces the overall length of the keyboard allowing for closer placement of any pointing device, thereby, reducing issues. A separate numeric keypad for PC and for Mac is available for intensive number crunchers.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low-force Keypads for PC & Mac
Freestyle Palm Pads
Freestyle2 VIP3 Accessory