The new Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue Keyboard is an extremely versatile ergonomic Bluetooth keyboard. This innovative keyboard offers all the same features as the corded Freestyle2, with the added convenience of a Multichannel Bluetooth connection. Kinesis' unique Multichannel technology enables users to instantly switch keyboard input between up to three Bluetooth devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) The Freestyle2 Blue eliminates the wait while a connection is established and paves the way to increased efficiency and improved productivity. Two models, one for PC and one for Mac, ensure that users on both platforms benefit equally.
This low-profile keyboard is divided into two separate modules connected by a 9" or 20" cable, and is dramatically thinner and more portable than the original version. The modular design allows the user to configure the keyboard in its optimal orientation, either by splaying the modules at any angle or by adjusting the distance between the modules up to 9" or 20". Optional accessory kits provide additional keyboard configurations, including the ability to tent the modules at set angles of elevation, or to add a separate matching numeric keypad.
Note: With full separation on the 9" cable model, the distance between index finger to index finger on the home row is approximately 12".
Optional Accessory Kits
The VIP3 Accessory Kit for the Freestyle2 provides the ability to tent the keyboard modules (i.e to create lateral slopes) at 5°, 10° or 15°. Palm supports are included with this kit and must be attached in order to use the tenting mechanism.
The V3 Accessory Kit provides the option of a tenting mechanism without integrated palm supports. The V3 offers tenting of 5°, 10° and 15° and would be a suitable option at a workstation where palm supports were already in use.
Note: The V3 Accessory Kit is not compatible with the optional Palm Support Accessory Kit.
The more specialized Ascent Accessory Kit provides two multi-angle tenting modules that attach to the underside of the keyboard's two modules.
The Freestyle2 Numeric Keypad (corded) seamlessly matches the low-profile design of the Freestyle2 keyboard and features the same proven low-force, quiet and tactile membrane key switches.
The Low Force Tactile Numeric Keypad (corded) provides a more durable option for heavy duty use. This keypad has a wider, higher profile and low-force tactile mechanical key switches with a longer operating life. For more information see our Keypads category.
Easily Accommodates Individual Needs and Body Types - The Freestyle2 Keyboard can be configured to meet the unique needs and preferences of most individuals, whether tall or short, broad-shouldered or of slight build.
Facilitates Relaxed Position with Maximum Circulation - Complete separation of both left and right keyboard modules enables anatomically neutral and relaxed position of the shoulders, elbow, arms and wrists, greatly reducing the risk of pain and discomfort caused by shoulder rotation, elbow abduction, and ulnar deviation. Learn More About Ergonomic Risk Factors and Sources of Injury.
Eliminates Overreaching for the Mouse - The Freestyle2 allows users to keep the mouse or other pointing device right beside the right or left edge of the keyboard. By keeping the mouse well within the comfort zone, users can reduce the potential for shoulder, neck and wrist pain arising from repeatedly reaching over the number pad for the mouse. (A right-handed user with a conventional keyboard often must reach 12" for the mouse. The symmetrical, compact design of the Freestyle2 reduces this reach to under 6" for both left- and right-handed users.) Learn More About Overreaching.
Reduces Wrist Extension - Most standard, and even many ergonomic, keyboards are positively inclined (i.e. the number row is higher than the space bar). A positive incline forces the user to lift the hands by bending up at the wrists. Maintaining the hands in this position strains the wrists and the muscles along the top of the hands and the forearms. The Freestyle2, even without added accessories, has a neutral, low-profile design (7/8") with 0° slope. The keycaps are negatively inclined at 10°. The result is an overall negative slope that helps to reduce wrist (and finger) extension when using this keyboard. Learn More About Wrist Extension.
Reduces Finger Strain and Fatigue - Tactile low-force membrane keyswitches reduce the amount of effort required to type, benefiting all users from casual to the most intensive typists.
Can Eliminate Wrist Extension - With the addition of the Palm Support Accessory, the potential for wrist extension is effectively eliminated, whether the keyboard is used flat or tented. Learn More About Correct Usage of Palm Supports.
Can Decrease Forearm and Wrist Pronation - With a tenting accessory attached (either the V3 Accessory or the VIP3 Accessory), the Freestyle2 Keyboard gives users the option of typing with the palms slightly facing each other, rather than in the traditional "palms down" position that can often lead to fatigue or pain in the hands, wrists, elbows and arms. Both tenting accessories raise the inside edge of each keyboard module, offering tented angles of 5°, 10° and 15°. The V3 allows tenting alone; the VIP3 allows tenting with integrated palm supports. Learn More About Pronation.
Can Support Vertical Typing Positions - With the addition of the Ascent Accessory, the Freestyle2 provides an option for those whose forearm pain is unusually severe, or whose arm may be immobilized due to injury. The Ascent Accessory allows the keyboard to be tented in 10° increments from 20° all the way to a fully vertical 90°. (Note: for the majority of users there is little ergonomic benefit to typing in a fully vertical position. Users who choose this option must be touch typists (as they will be unable to see the keys), and they must have arm support while typing to avoid straining the muscles of the shoulders and upper back.) Learn More About Pronation.
Multichannel Bluetooth Technology: Kinesis' unique Multichannel technology enables users to instantly switch keyboard input between up to three Bluetooth devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) The Freestyle2 Blue eliminates the wait while a connection is established and paves the way to increased efficiency and improved productivity. Two models, one for PC and one for Mac, ensure that users on both platforms benefit equally.
Variable Separation: The two halves of the Freestyle2 can be separated up to 9" apart, a range which is sufficient for the majority of users. A 20" separation is available for users with broader shoulders, or for use with the Ascent Accessory.
Quiet, Tactile Key Switches: The Freestyle2 features quiet, low-force, tactile membrane keyswitches. Rated at 10 million actuations the keyswitches on the Freestyle2 require only 45 grams of force.
Familiar Key Layout: Standard key layout means minimal adaptation time for experienced typists.
Sleek, Ultra-Low Profile Design: The Freestyle2 has a substantially thinner and narrower design than most ergonomic keyboards, with a height of only 7/8" and a width of 15.375".
Embedded Numeric Keypad: In place of the separate numeric keypad found on traditional keyboards (which places the mouse outside of the comfort zone for right-handed users) the Freestyle2 provides a numeric keypad embedded into the right-hand module as a second layer. Along with the number keys on the top row of the keyboard, this embedded number pad gives the majority of users ample options for numeric input. (Note: Standalone numeric keypads are available as optional accessories for those users whose work involves numeric data entry. Look for these in the Numeric Keypads category.)
Browser, Editing, and Multimedia Hot Keys: Easily accessible, driverless hot keys offer users the option of decreasing the number of mouse clicks and increasing productivity. These hot keys include volume control and mute keys, a calculator key, multimedia keys, commonly used browser functions such as forward, back and home, and application functions such as cut, copy and paste. Hot keys on the inside columns have vertical raised ridges to provide tactile feedback and help the user remain oriented on the keyboard.
Pivot Tether: The left and right modules of the keyboard can be connected on the top edge by the Pivot Tether. With the Pivot Tether attached, the keyboard can be splayed at the pivot point (forming an 'A' shape), rather than fully separated. (Note, however, that this configuration sacrifices many of the ergonomic benefits of complete separation.)
English or French Canadian Layout: The Freestyle2 Keyboard is available in either US English or French Canadian (bilingual) layout.
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Make sure the keyboard is properly positioned. Sit in your usual position at your desk and gently square your shoulders. Allow your upper arms to relax to your waist. Lift your forearms at the elbow and extend your fingers so that there is a straight line from your elbow through the centre of your wrist to your middle finger. Place the two halves of the keyboard on your desk or keyboard tray such that your arms and hands can maintain this position as you type. The modules ought to be shoulder width apart.
Place the mouse on the side of your dominant hand. For most people, the compact design of the keyboard will bring the mouse close enough to the body. However, if your pain is more severe, you can prevent even more movement at the affected shoulder by positioning the mousing side of the keyboard closer to the centre of your body, and then turning it slightly so that your arm can remain perpendicular as you type. You will then be able to reach the mouse with very limited involvement of the shoulder muscles.
Become familiar with the embedded numeric keypad. The embedded keypad gives you two additional layers, one for numbers, and one for navigation. These layers are accessed via the same keys on the right hand module of the keyboard. Learn More About Operating the Embedded Numeric Keypad.
Purchase the Palm Support Accessory if you would like Palm Supports, but don't need to tent the keyboard.
Purchase the V3 Accessory if you need to tent the keyboard, but don't want palm supports. The V3 Accessory can tent the Freestyle2 to 5°, 10° or 15°. Note that the V3 Accessory cannot be used in conjunction with the Palm Supports. Common situations where this accessory is recommended include using the Freestyle2 on a keyboard tray, or with an inline pointing device that has non-removable Palm Supports.
Purchase the versatile VIP3 Accessory if you need to tent the keyboard, and also want palm supports. The VIP3 Accessory tents the keyboard modules by 5°, 10° or 15° and comes with removeable Palm Supports included.
Purchase the Ascent Accessory only if you must type with your hands in a more than 15° vertical orientation. (Note that you must be a skilled touch typist to use this more extreme solution effectively.) The Ascent Accessory can be used with Palm Supports (sold separately) at angles up to 40°. The 20" separation cable is typically recommended for this accessory, as it provides the needed flexibility. An optional linking plate (included with this accessory) may be used to connect the two tenting modules if desired for increased stability.
Purchase a separate numeric keypad if you key in a lot of numeric data. See the Numeric Keypads category.