Advantage360 Keyboard

Invest in yourself!

Contoured design maximizes comfort and boosts productivity

Adjustable Split

Separate and rotate modules independently to keep wrists straight and reduce ulnar deviation.

3-Way Adjustable Tenting

Tenting elevates the thumb side of the hand to reduce forearm pronation caused by flat keyboards.

Integrated Palm Support

Palm supports and cushioned palm pads* promote neutral typing position to reduce wrist extension. *Sold separately

Compact Layout

Thanks to its tenkeyless layout, you can position your mouse to the side or in the middle for less “over-reach” strain.

Proven Contoured Shape

Hands and fingers are placed in a natural, relaxed position to shorten key-reach and reduce over-extension.

Signature Thumb Keys

Use stronger thumbs rather than weaker pinkies to access heavily used keys like Space, Backspace, and Enter.

Optional Fixed Split

Not ready for full adjustability? Attach the included bridge connector for the traditional Advantage separation.

Vertical Key Configuration

Unlike traditional staggered keyboards, the orthogonal layout mirrors the natural motion of your fingers.

Mechanical Switches

  • Durable: Rated for 50+ million key presses

  • Premium: Unmatched feel and performance

  • Ergonomic: Low-force and tactile

Choose your switch

Gateron Brown Stem

  • Low-Force (55g)
  • Full Travel
  • Tactile Feedback
  • Some Noise

 

Customize it!

We’ve partnered with Upgrade Keyboards to be the official after-market switch outfitter for the Advantage360. Purchase the keyboard through them and they’ll build it just for you.

Upgrade Keyboards

Coming Late 2022

Choose from three tenting heights with the click of a button

Bluetooth with the ZMK Engine

  • Multi-channel Bluetooth Low Energy (pair with 5 devices)
  • Wireless linking
  • Global white backlighting
  • Open-source ZMK platform for maximum customization
  • Configure layout using the web-based configurator on GitHub

Learn More about ZMK

USB-C with the SmartSet Engine

  • USB-C Linking (Detachable 10″ Cable)
  • Onboard storage for 9 programmable layouts
  • One-touch onboard remapping
  • Record on-the-fly macros
  • Access power-user tools via SmartSet App for Windows/Mac

Meet the new SmartSet App

What people are saying about the original contoured keyboard

Amazon Rating

I would absolutely recommend the Kinesis Advantage. Not only has it alleviated the pain & numbness I had previously been experiencing, but I’m far more productive because of it. I’m a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts and macros – the less I have to move my hand from my keyboard, the better.

– Jordan B.  |  Software Engineer –

A lot of keyboards offer at least some ergonomic features but I don’t know of any that put them all together in one unit the way the Advantage does.

– Avdi G.  |  Programmer –

My favorite feature of the Advantage keyboard is no longer experiencing hand pain with extensive typing. I also appreciate the ability to remap the keys, because some of the default key functions weren’t optimally positioned for me.

– Dachary C.  |  Writer –

How has the Kinesis Advantage changed my life? It has literally allowed me to stay in my career over the past 16-18 years.

– Preston D.  |  IT Consultant –

Specifications

Operating System

Windows 7-11, macOS, Linux, Android & Chrome

Layout

76 Key layout with thumb clusters

  • Function Keys reside in new “Fn” Layer
  • 10-Key resides in the traditional “Kp” Layer

Dimensions

7.5” (width) x 8.0” (depth) x 3.0-4.0” (height)  *per side

Weight

3.2 lbs (Total weight of both modules)

Package Contents

Keyboard, Bridge Connector, 16 Additional Keycaps, Keycap Puller, Cables, and Quick Start Guide

  • Advantage 360: USB-C Main Cable & 10″ Link Cable
  • Advantage 360 Pro: USB-C Charging Cable (x2)

Key Switches

Low-Force Mechanical Brown Switches (Gateron KS-9)

Fully Programmable

Advantage 360: Onboard Macros/Remaps and the SmartSet App

Advantage 360 Pro: Web-based configurator on GitHub

Backlighting

Advantage 360: None

Advantage 360 Pro: Global White

Keycaps

Advantage 360: Dye-sublimated PBT

Advantage 360 Pro: Shine-through ABS (not pictured)

Connectivity

Advantage 360: USB-C

Advantage 360 Pro: Bluetooth or USB-C

Linking

Advantage 360: 10″ USB-C cable included

Advantage 360 Pro: Wireless

Which model will you choose?

Advantage360 | $429

  • USB C Connectivity
  • 10″ USB-C Link Cable (detachable)
  • SmartSet Programming Engine
  • Non-backlit
  • PBT Keycaps

Advantage360 Professional | $459

  • Wireless Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Wireless Linking
  • ZMK Open-Source Programming Engine
  • Global White Backlighting
  • ABS Shine-Through Keycaps

FAQs

I pre-ordered on Drop, when will I get my keyboard?

Sept 19th Update

Drop has notified us that all pre-orders have shipped!!! Thanks for your patience and we hope you enjoy your keyboard.

Sept 15th Update

Drop has just 6 keyboards remaining to ship. We sincerely apologize if you are one of those 6 and just hang tight for a little longer.

Sept 14th Update

Drop is now saying 88% shipped with the rest slated for Thursday Sept 14th. If you don’t hear from them by the end of the day please contact their support.

Sept 12th Update

All pre-order keyboards and accessories have been received in BULK by Drop’s warehouse in Edison, NJ. Note: Kinesis does not have any individual order and cannot provide any details on your specific order so you will need to contact them directly.

  • SmartSet USB keyboards should have already been delivered to all pre-order customers by Drop in August UNLESS you also ordered Bluetooth model as well. If you have not received your SmartSet USB keyboard please contact Drop IMMEDIATELY as there is a problem.
  • ZMK Bluetooth keyboards were delivered from Kinesis to Drop on Aug 31. Drop had agreed to ship these to customers by September 15th but in early September they announced a delay. We were able to work with Drop to get things back on now schedule. 78% of orders have shipped with the rest to be completed by Sept 15th. Look for a shipment notification email directly from Drop.

A note to Bluetooth pre-orders customers: We had sincerely hoped to deliver ALL the pre-order keyboards to Drop in early August, a full month before the “retail launch”, but due to a delay in Bluetooth circuit boards that became impossible. We are intentionally delaying the shipment of the retail Bluetooth orders taken on September 2nd until Sept 15th to “protect” the pre-order customers as best as we can. The bottom line is pre-order customers likely won’t receive their keyboards much sooner than retail customers, but they will have saved $30 and gotten their choice of keycaps. We regret that the “benefit” to pre-ordering a Bluetooth keyboard wasn’t greater, but artificially delaying the Bluetooth retail launch and punishing all the customers who missed out on the pre-order didn’t seem like the right thing to do. We appreciate your support and hope you understand.

Contact Drop Support

If you have any problems at all with your keyboard, please contact Kinesis Tech Support directly and we’ll MAKE IT RIGHT.

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Does the Pro have all the newest ZMK features?

Since we started building the Pro 360 firmware the ZMK team has made some exciting new advances in the core firmware. We are currently working on incorporating those advances into our branch of ZMK and hope to have something “experimental” available for power-users to test in late 2022.

How many layers does the 360 have?

You guys asked for more layers, so that’s what you get

The 360 features 3 defaults layers: The Top layer which has all your alphanumerics and other commonly used keys, the Keypad layer (“KP”) for your 10-key, and the new Fn1 layer which has your 12 function keys. By default you access the Keypad layer by toggling in and out of the layer via the new full-size “KP”. By default the Function Layer is accessed with the new momentary Fn keys under your pinkies. But you can reprogram any of the keys to act as a layer shift or toggle to suit your workflow. And there are two additional layers (Fn2 and Fn3) that are fully programmable and can be accessed however you want.

Missing an action? Not to worry, you can insert just about any keyboard action on any key using the Smartset App (Windows/Mac) or via simple text just like on the Advantage2.

Should I get the Professional model, or the base model?

Yes… maybe… probably…

The Pro model has a number of advantages over the base 360 model, namely optional Bluetooth, wireless linking, and backlighting.  If any of those features are important to you than the Pro is a no brainer. Over the years our users have clamoured for an open-source option for their Advantage so for those folks the Pro will be a welcome sight.

But we call it the “Professional” version for a reason, open-source has powerful tools but its not as user-friendly as SmartSet. If you prefer to use onboard programming, which is a hallmark of Kinesis’s SmartSet Engine, you’ll want to stick with the base model.

What's the difference between the keycaps?

This one is easy…

Dye-Sublimation PBT: These are premium keycaps that are more resistant to sheen and and fade. They come standard on the base 360.

Shine-Through ABS: The Pro model features white backlighting so to support working in a low-light environment these keycaps are used so the legends illuminate. They come standard on the Professional 360.

If you don’t like the standard keycaps offered with your keyboard of choice, you can retrofit any of our 3  accessory sets: QWERTY PBT, Dvorak PBT, and Blank PBT.

How long will the Pro batteries last?

The Pro model features dual 1500 MAH, rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries

If you are using the keyboard with the backlighting on (a major power drain) the batteries should last for a full work day. If you have the backlighting turned off, you should be able to go several months between charges.

The Pro has a 30 second timer so if you step away from your keyboard for a moment it will go to sleep to preserve battery life, but wake up quickly when you return. And there is a handy on/off switch if you are travelling with your keyboard or want to ensure that it goes into deep sleep for maximum power conservation.

Do I have to use the Bridge Connector?

Nope!

We designed the Advantage 360 specifically to be used as a fully separable keyboard for maximum ergonomic benefits. We suspect most people will chuck the bridge in the garbage and never give it another thought.

However, we know there are many long-time contoured keyboards users who want the new features but aren’t ready to make the jump to a split keyboard. We engineered the bridge to quickly snap into place to recreate the classic separation found on earlier one piece models.

We are developing a metal bridge connector for individuals who want to use the keyboard in their lap or create a semi-fixed typing position. Email sales@kinesis.com if you would like to participate in the beta test.

Is the Advantage360 hot-swappable?

Unfortunately, no.

We tried to make this happen but the switch sockets just aren’t reliable enough when mounted to the curved keywell circuit boards. Sockets were meant to mount to flat keyboards so it would have caused too many reliability issues. But that’s why we partnered with Upgrade Keyboards so you can eventually get the 360 built with exactly the switches YOU want.

Can I use the Pro model over USB?

Yes, but there is a major “but”…

When the left module is plugged into a PC it sends keystrokes over USB, not bluetooth. However, the left and right sides always communicate wirelessly. You can plug the right module into a PC, but it is not designed to send keystrokes at this time, just charge the battery.

Each module only has a single port as the traditional link cable location has been repurposed for an on/off switch.

 

What happened to Mac, PC and Dvorak mode?

They are gone, but…

Base Model: To simplify things for the vast majority of users we eliminated Thumb Key Modes and Dvorak Mode. On the base model keyboard with the SmartSet Engine, you have 9 fully-programmable Profiles and you can individually remap the thumb keys to whichever modifiers you like (Extra Mac keycaps are still included) or you can use the SmartSet to choose from Mac and Linux “Quick Thumb Keys”.

Dvorak (and Colemak, and Workman) users will want to use the Alternate Layouts option in the SmartSet App to quickly reconfigure any of the 5 layers for non-QWERTY. Further customization can be made from there.

Pro Model: users will need to manually build a custom layout using GitHub or the GUI.

Sold out

We have sold out of our first two production runs of the Advantage360 but are hard at work building more. We are hoping for a worldwide release in November. Subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on social media to get the latest information.

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