Congratulations on your new Freestyle2!
This guide will help you get up and running on the Freestyle2 (USB version). Because the FS2 features a standard layout, adaption time is minimal. Incredible comfort and enhanced productivity are right around the corner.
USB Models: KB800PB-us | KB800PB-us-20 | KB800HMB-us | KB800HMB-us-20
Pre-Installed Tenting Models: KB820PB-us | KB820HMB-us
What's in the Box
Pre-Installed VIP3 Kit
(KB820 models only)
Your Freestyle2 keyboard is 100% plug-and-play
Simply connect the USB cable to any available full-size port on your computer. Your computer will automatically recognize and “install” the keyboard in a matter of seconds. There are no special drivers or software to install.
*For best results, we recommend connecting the keyboard directly to your PC rather than through a hub, dock, or KVM switch.
The optional pivot tether is designed to allow for adjustable splay of the key modules to keep wrists neutral, without separating the modules. To remove the pivot tether, slide the appropriate release button towards the outside of the keyboard and allow the pivot tether to detach from the keyboard. We recommend trying the keyboard without the pivot tether and separating the key modules to shoulder width. In fact, 92% of the participants in the Atlas usability study chose separation over splay.
The Freestyle2 is compatible with all major operatings systems (Windows, Mac, Chrome, Linux) but hotkeys are O/S specific. If you are connecting a Mac version of the keyboard to a Windows PC and vice versa, the hotkeys will not work.
For added wrist support and enhanced comfort, connect the detachable palm supports. Peel the backing off the adhesive pads and apply to the palm supports underneath your palms. Pads are designed to last 6-12 months and then be replaced.
Get to know your Freestyle2
Getting started with tenting
For best results, start at the lowest tenting height and work your way up until you find the sweet spot for your body
You're Ready to Type!
Familiarize yourself with the basic layout of the Freestyle2. Some keys have moved slightly but you’ll find that all the alphanumeric keys are exactly where you would expect to find them on a tenkeyless keyboard.
The Freestyle2 is a dual-layer keyboard. Tap the “Fn” key in the lower left corner of the keyboard to toggle on the “embedded” Fn Layer to access the actions legended in blue including the embedded 10-key.
The Fn LED in the upper right corner of the keyboard will illuminate to indicate the Fn Layer is active.
Consider a Freestyle2 Dedicated Keypad
For those of you that extensively use a 10-key, you may want to consider purchasing the Freestyle2 Keypad. The FS2 keypad mirrors the same profile as the FS2 keyboard and utilizes the same low-force, rubber dome key switches. It also includes a 2-port USB Hub and helpful hot keys to boost productivity.
How do I access the 10-Key?
To keep the footprint of the Freestyle Pro as small as possible, we have relocated the standard numeric 10-key into the embedded “Fn” layer. To access these actions simply tap the Fn key (lower left corner) to toggle to the Fn layer. *Note: Num-lock must be enabled on your PC.
Can I change the hotkeys?
No. The Freestyle keyboard is not programmable. If you are looking for a programmable split keyboard, checkout the new Freestyle Pro.
Do I need to install any software or drivers?
No. The Freestyle2 keyboard is recognized by the operating system as a standard USB device and thus loads the default keyboard driver on the operating system. The Freestyle2 keyboard is 100% plug & play on Windows and Mac.
Is the Pivot Tether required to use the Freestyle2?
No, the pivot tether does not need to be connected prior to using the keyboard. In fact, for many people, it is more comfortable for them to completely separate the keyboard to adjust to their shoulder width. That is why out of the box the pivot tether is only connected to one module. Separating the keyboard modules not only straightens your wrists but also keeps your elbows close to your body.
Alternatively, connecting the pivot tether to both modules allows for splaying the keyboard, thereby, reducing wrist deviation but potentially forcing your elbows away from your side versus comfortably resting.
It really comes down to user preference. If you do use the pivot tether please ensure to disconnect it from one of the modules when picking up or moving the keyboard to prevent accidental breakage of the pivot tether.