The new Freestyle Pro keyboard offers the same advanced ergonomic features of the Freestyle2 but with the additional benefits of full on-board programmability of low-force Cherry MX mechanical key switches. Instantly switch between Windows, Mac and Dvorak layouts or create your own. The FS Pro makes programming a breeze with the no-install SmartSetTM programming app and with it’s adjustable linking cable anybody can find their comfort zone.
The Cherry MX low-force tactile switch (brown stem) is a semi-custom low force tactile design created in 1992 to Kinesis’ specifications. “Tactility” is a slightly elevated force around the midpoint of the stroke of the key which lets you know the switch is about to be activated. A tactile response is preferred by many ergonomists, because it cues your fingers that activation is about to occur and is thought to reduce the likelihood or incidence or “bottoming out” the switch with a hard impact. The peak (tactile) force is ~55gm, following by an activation force of ~45gm.
NEW!!! Cherry MX (Red) “Quiet” Low-force, linear key switches
The Cherry MX “Quiet” linear feel, low-force switch has the same force properties as the standard Cherry MX Red but incorporates a patented noise reduction feature making the switch noticeably quieter than the “clackety” sound of the MX Brown switch. The MX “Quiet” Red is an ideal choice in open work environments where ambient noise is a concern. There is a consistent force throughout the full stroke of the key so there is no tactile feedback unless the switch bottoms out. Many gamers and heavy typists prefer the Cherry Red’s due to their “smoother” feel. Since there is no “peak” or tactile force, the total effort required to reach the activation force of 45 gm is slightly less than with the tactile (brown stem) switch.
|Sound Level Comparison – Cherry MX Brown & Red “Quiet” Key Switches|
Adjustable linking cable accommodates a wide range of individuals
The two key modules are connected by a 20 inch linking cable that can be adjusted to suit your preferences and body type. The basic configuration allows up to 12 inches of separation. If you need additional separation, simply remove the cable compartment cover located on the back of the left key module and thread out more of the stored cable until you find your desired width.
Zero degree slope form factor
As with the Freestyle2 the FS Pro retains a zero degree slope from front to back. Most keyboards including ergonomic models have a 10 degree positive slope. These designs tend to bend your wrists. The FS Pro’s zero degree slope decreases the height, effectively creating negative slope and reducing wrist extension.
Optional tenting accessories
For people that are experiencing forearm discomfort two tenting accessories are available to reduce forearm pronation. The VIP3 Pro (with palm supports) and V3 Pro (without palm supports) attach easily to the underside of the Pro keyboard providing 3 easily adjustable slope settings of 5, 10 and 15 degrees.
Optional palm supports
Optional padded palm supports reduce wrist extension by keeping wrists neutral.
The Freestyle Pro features eight pre-programmed hotkeys (Desktop, Last App, Select All, Undo, Cut, Delete, Copy & Paste) designed to reduce mouse clicks and awkward key combinations.
SmartSetTM Programming Engine
The fully programmable Freestyle Pro features Kinesis’s exclusive SmartSet Programming Engine that allows you to customize the keyboard’s layout without installing any clunky software or special drivers, or accessing the internet. Record macros, remap keys, and much, much more. SmartSet works on all major operating systems and enables users to easily create, view, edit, share, and backup their custom layouts. And thanks to 4MB of built-in storage, all of your custom setting move with the keyboard.
The most popular programming features are just a single key press away via the SmartSet programming cluster.
9 Dual-Layer Layouts
The Freestyle Pro comes out the box with 3 factory pre-configured layouts for Windows, Mac, and Dvorak. Each of these 3 layouts can be customized and there are 6 additional layouts available for power-users to customize. Use the “Fn” to access a secondary action for each key in the embedded layer.
Macros are great for eliminating awkward key combinations or repetitive key strokes. Each layout can store 16 macros (24 if you re-assign the 8 office hotkeys). Each macro can be up to 300 characters long, perfect for commonly used text phrases. Record macros on-the-fly or program them using the SmartSet App. Choose from 9 different playback speeds or add timing delays to dial in the performance.
Remap any of the 95 keys with a touch of button. Create custom layouts such as Colemak & Workman or remap a key to offload work from an overused finger or hand.
The SmartSet key is used in conjunction with both legended F7-F9 & F12 and unlegended keys to activate onboard shortcuts. Trigger a convenient Status Report to see your keyboard settings, launch the v-Drive to access the SmartSet App, adjust your global macro playback speed and much more.
|No-Install Programming App|
Prefer a graphical interface for programming the Pro? Windows and Mac versions of the SmartSet App are pre-installed on the keyboard. Launch the App to design custom layouts, program powerful macros, assign mouse clicks and even customize keyboard settings without installing anything on your computer.
Freestyle Pro (KB900-BRN & KB900-RDQ)
Compatible operating systems
Key switches (100% Cherry Mechanical)
Dimensions & warranty
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