Advantage 2 PC And Mac Contoured Keyboard
Advantage 2 PC And Mac Contoured Keyboard

Advantage 2 PC And Mac Contoured Keyboard

Brand/Manufacturer: KINESIS
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Advantage 2 PC And Mac Contoured Keyboard features patented contoured keyboard design and low-force mechanical key switches to address the major risk factors associated with keyboarding for maximum comfort. With the all-new SmartSet Programming Engine, Advantage2 features powerful programming tools designed to let you customize the keyboard to boost your productivity. The Advantage2 also features low-force Cherry MX Brown tactile/red linear mechanical key switches, Cherry ML low-force, tactile mechanical key switches, and signature home row keys in the new Kinesis Blue.

Item #DescPkgRewardPrice 
KB600QD Qwerty/Dvorak dual legends, Black Each $8.65
$553.00
$432.65
KB605 Silver Gloss Finish Each $8.93
$570.89
$446.65
KB600LF Advantage2 LF Keyboard for Mac and PC, Black Each $8.65
$553.00
$432.65
KB600 Contoured Keyboard for Mac and PC Each $8.18
$530.00
$408.99

Features

  • Advantage 2 PC And Mac Contoured Keyboard include:
    - Quick Start Guide
    - Self-adhesive palm pads
    - 4 extra keycaps: (2) command, (1) alt/option and (1) Alt key Keycap puller
  • Cherry MX Brown Tactile Low-Force Key Switch for Advantage 2, QWERTY/Dvorak dual legends And Silver models
  • Cherry MX Red Linear Feel Low-Force Key Switch for Advantage LF model
  • Concave keywells
    - The keywells are scooped into a concave shape to reduce hand and finger extension. Hands rest in a natural, relaxed position, with the fingers curled down to the keys. Keycap heights are varied to match the different lengths of your fingers. The result is less muscle tension and a shorter reach for keys which increases efficiency and reduces fatigue
  • Separate keywells for each hand
    - Separating the keywells positions the arms at shoulder-width to keep wrists straight and perpendicular to the home row. Typing with straight wrists is essential in avoiding injuries because it reduces abduction and ulnar deviation which can lead to pain and injury
  • Separate thumb keys
    - The thumb keypad includes often used keys such as Enter, Space, Backspace, Delete and the combination keys, Control and Alt on the PC (Command and Option on the Macintosh). This redistributes the workload away from your relatively weaker and overused little fingers to stronger thumbs as well eliminating extension for these more distant keys
  • 20-degrees of tenting
    - The two keywells are "tented" at an optimal 20 degree angle moderately raising the thumb side of the hand Tenting puts you in a more neutral, "handshake" posture and reduces the stresses caused by forearm pronation and static muscle tension
  • Vertical key layout
    - The keys are arranged in vertical columns (orthogonally) to better reflect the natural motion of your fingers. The staggered keys found on conventional keyboards are just an artifact of the original typewriter design and only serve to slow you down. Vertical keys reduce awkward extension and travel, and they also increase speed, accuracy, and overall comfort
  • Palm supports
    - The integrated palm supports reduce stressful bending of the wrists (extension) and provide a convenient place to rest your hands when you are not actively typing. Self-adhesive, cushioned palm pads (included) can be attached for maximum comfort
  • Cherry MX (Brown) Low-force, tactile keyswitches
    - The Advantage2 (KB600 model) utilizes the Cherry MX low-force tactile switch (brown stem). 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 yourfingers 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 ~45 gm.
  • Cherry ML mechanical function keys
    - Long-time Advantage users will rejoice to learn that we’ve replaced the mushy, rubber function keys with high-performance Cherry ML switches that offer the same low-force and tactile properties of the MX Brown
  • Smaller footprint
    - The Advantage2 may look big, but it actually has a smaller footprint than a traditional keyboard and even many “ergonomic” keyboards because we eliminated the numeric 10-key. A smaller footprint lets you place the mouse closer to your body, reducing painful "over-reach". To satisfy number crunchers, we embedded a traditional 10-key in the right key well. We also offer a standalone low-force mechanical keypad which allows you to position it where you want it and move it out of the way when not in use
  • Sculpted home row
    - We understand that learning a new keyboard can be difficult. Thats why we designed custom "cupped" keycaps for the home row to keep you anchored while typing. And just in case you need a little extra help, we made them in our iconic Kinesis blue for quick visual reference
  • Key clicks
    - To encourage proper typing form, the Advantage2 features an optional electronic "click" that sounds right when a key press is registered. The click trains you not to "bottom-out" on each key press which reduces unnecessary impacts to your fingers. The click sound can be deactivated with the touch of a button
  • SmartSet Programming Engine
    - The fully programmable Advantage2 features Kinesiss all-new SmartSet Programming Engine that allows you to customize the keyboards 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
  • Mac/PC/Windows switchable
    The Advantage2 is designed to work with all major operating systems. Just tap a function key to instantly convert thumb keys for:
    - Windows Mode: Ctrl, Alt, and Windows Key
    - Mac Mode: control, alt option, and command (keycaps included)
    - PC Mode: Ctrl and Alt (keycaps included)
  • Key remapping
    - The Advantage2 is fully-programmable meaning that you can remap or copy a key to virtually any location on the keyboard. Escape key too far away… move it to tilde. Need a conventional arrow cluster… build it. Even add keys that arent on the Advantage2 using most standard Hex codes. The Advantage2 layout adjusts to you
  • Macro, macros, macros
    -  Macros are great for eliminating awkward key combinations or repetitive key strokes. The Advantage2 lets you record up to 100 heavy-duty macros (200+ characters) on-the-fly and save them to the keyboards onboard memory. You can even pull up the configuration file to view and edit your macros directly
  • Custom Layouts with 2 layers
    - Build and save dozens of custom layouts in either QWERTY or Dvorak. Each layout also has a 2nd embedded layer which can be remapped independently from the top layer, and accessed with a tap of the Keypad key or via an optional foot pedal
  • QWERTY/Dvorak switchable
    - Switch to the standard Dvorak layout with the touch of a button and create custom Dvorak layouts with remaps and macros that are saved to the keyboard
    - Switch between QWERTY and Dvorak without losing any settings. All Advantage2 models come with an available Dvorak layout but Dvorak users will want to purchase the Advantage2 QD (black only) for the dual-legended QWERTY/Dvorak keycaps.
    Attention current Advantage Dvorak users: You now get all of the same functionality as QWERTY users, and each custom Dvorak layout is saved to the keyboard so its easy to move back-and-forth or share your keyboard. And when you are remapping in Dvorak, you no longer have to translate from QWERTY
  • View and edit layouts
    - With SmartSet, all your custom layouts are saved and stored as basic .txt files directly to the keyboard. These files can be opened with any text editing program, on any operating systems. Edit your remaps or macros from the text file or insert new actions using the keyboard HID codes. You can also run a quick Status Report to confirm current keyboard settings
  • Share and backup layouts
    - Since each layout on the Advantage2 is stored as a basic text file (typically less than 1KB), they are super easy to save, backup or even share with a friend. The days of rebuilding your custom layout from scratch are over
  • Embedded numeric 10-key
    - A traditional numeric 10-key is located in the embedded keypad layer of the right key well. The 10-key legends are located on the front of the keycaps for your convenience. Use the Keypad key to toggle the embedded layer on and off, or press -and-hold an use an optional Advantage foot pedal to temporarily access it
  • Firmware upgrades
    - Its easy to upgrade the firmware when new versions become available. And it doesnt require opening up the keyboard or downloading a scary executable file (.exe) from the internet
  • Adjust macro playback speed
    - Choose from 9 different macro playback speeds. Set the playback speed globally for all macros or set it for a specific macro to optimize performance. Slow playback down to 4.2 characters per second ("CPS"), or speed it up to a blazing fast 250 CPS- equivalent to typing 3,000 words per minute
  • Macro disable
    - Macros are powerful productivity tools but accidentally triggering an unintended macro is frustrating and can have devastating consequences. Thats why we created an easy keyboard shortcut to temporarily disable all your macros. Macros arent deleted, just toggled off
  • Media keys
    - Volume controls are conveniently located the embedded layer of the function row but can be remapped anywhere on the keyboard. Additional media keys like Play/Pause, Forward and Back can be assigned anywhere through direct programming

More Information

  • Compatible operating systems
    Advantage2 uses generic HID (human interface device) drivers provided by the operating system. It can be operated and programmed without any special drivers in most environments supporting USB devices, including the following operating systems with an available USB port:
    - Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
    - Mac OS 8.6 and higher
    - Linux
    - Android
  • KVM switches
    - Certain KVM and specialized telephony devices do not support programmable keyboards like the Advantage2. If you experience compatibility problems please visit the Advantage2 Resources page or contact Kinesis Technical Support.
  • Fully programmable
    - 2 MB onboard (non-volatile) memory
    - Supports 100+ macros (200 characters in length)
    - Unlimited key remapping
    - Create dozens of custom native QWERTY and Dvorak layouts
  • Thumb key modes
    (Windows, Mac and PC)
    The Advantage2 is shipped from the factory configured for Windows. Users can instantly change the configuration to a Mac or Non-Windows PC layout.
  • Keyswitches
    (100% Cherry Mechanical)
    Alphanumeric keys:
    - Switch type: Cherry MX brown, tactile mechanical
    - Peak force: 55 gram
    - Activation force: 45 grams
    - Travel distance: 4.1 mm
  • Function keys:
    - Switch type: Cherry ML, tactile mechanical
    - Peak force: 50 grams
    - Activation force: 45 grams
    - Travel distance: 3 mm
  • New Features
  • Cherry ML mechanical function keys
    - The function key row now features low-force Cherry ML mechanical keyswitches that offer a satisying, tactile key press plus unmatched reliability and durability.
  • Whopping 2 MB of onboard memory
    - The Advantage2 has 2 MB of memory, as in megabytes, which is 1000x more memory than the standard Advantage. Now you have an enormous amount of space to record macros and build custom layouts.
  • Heavy duty macros and increased capacity
    - Each custom layout built with the SmartSet engine can now support 100+ "heavy-duty"macros of more than 200+ characters in each. SmartSet allows you to create even more powerful macros through the direct editing process. Insert delays into macro playback of either 125ms or 500ms, or trigger different actions on the press and release of a given macro trigger.
  • View and edit layouts
    - With SmartSet, all layouts are saved and stored as basic .txt files which can be opened with any text editing program on any operating systems. Open the text file and directly edit your remaps or macros. Even insert new actions using many standard USB hex codes.
  • Share and backup layouts
    - Each layout is stored as a basic text file making them easy to save, backup or even share with a friend. The days of rebuilding your custom layout from scratch are over.
  • Status Report
    - Thanks to the new Status Report feature, you can quickly "print-to-screen" a Status Report showing you basic information about the active layout include the number of key remaps and macros, and your thumb key mode.
  • Adjust macro playback speed
    - Choose from 9 different macro playback speeds. Set the playback speed globally for all macros or set it individually for a specific macro to optimize performance. Slow playback down to 4.2 characters per second (CPS), or speed it up to a blazing fast 250 CPS- equivalent to typing 3,000 words per minute
  • Hotkey layouts
    - Advantage2: With the Advantage2, you can now create dozens of custom hotkey layouts for either QWERTY or Dvorak and access them with a simple 2-key combination: Program + the assigned hotkey.
  • Native Dvorak
    - Dvorak is no longer a second-class citizen. Dvorak users get all the same functionality as QWERTY users, and each custom Dvorak layout is saved to the keyboard so it’s easy to move back-and-forth or share your keyboard. And when you’re remapping in Dvorak, you no longer have to translate from QWERTY
  • Easy firmware upgrades
    - When you invest in an expensive keyboard, you expect it to last. Thanks to the SmartSet engine you can upgrade the firmware when new versions become available. Firmware updates take only seconds and don’t require opening up the keyboard or downloading a scary executable file (.exe) from the internet.
  • Kinesis Blue Home Row
    - Advantage2 features a more vibrant, modern home row accented in Kinesis Blue.

Specification

Particulars Dimensions
Height 3"
Width 16.5"
Depth Front-to Back 8"
Distance between F and J keys 9 inches
Weight 2.20lbs

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