Advantage2
Signature Series

Upgrade Keyboards is the exclusive after-market outfitter for Kinesis. They will build you a one-of-a-kind Advantage2 keyboard with your choice of switches and sound dampening.

Order Direct from Upgrade

SKU: KB690-UPKIT

Features

Signature Series

Kinesis has partnered with Upgrade Keyboards to take the  Signature Series program to an entirely new level. Upgrade Keyboard will hand-build an Advantage2 keyboard just the way you’ve always wanted it. Choose from their unmatched catalog of mechanical of switch options (e.g., clicky, linear, tactile, low-force, high-force), add sound dampening, and choose your top case and keycaps.

Switch Brands: Cherry, Kailh, Novel Keys, Durock, Zeal, Gateron, Aflion, JWICK and many more

Overview

As the market leader in computer ergonomics, Kinesis has been designing and building premium-grade ergonomic keyboards for more than 25 years. The Advantage2 features our patented Contoured keyboardTM design and low-force mechanical key switches to address the major risk factors associated with keyboarding for maximum comfort. With the all-new SmartSetTM Programming Engine, Advantage2 features powerful programming tools designed to let you customize the keyboard to boost your productivity.

Ergonomic Features

  • Concave keywells are scooped into a bowl shape to reduce hand and finger extension and relax muscles.
  • Separating the keywells positions the arms at shoulder-width to keep wrists straight and perpendicular to the home row to reduce abduction and ulnar deviation.

  • The keys are arranged in vertical columns (rather than staggered) to better reflect the natural motion of your fingers.
  • 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.

  • The integrated palm supports reduce stressful bending of the wrists 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.
  • The thumb clusters include frequently-used keys such as Enter, Space, Backspace, and Delete to redistribute the workload away from your relatively weaker and overused little fingers to stronger thumbs.

  • The Advantage2 may look big, but it actually has a smaller footprint than most keyboards because we eliminated the numeric 10-key so you can place the mouse closer to your body, reducing painful “over-reach”.

Mechanical Key Switches

The Advantage2 features premium Cherry MX mechanical switches available in your choice of MX Brown (low-force, tactile), Cherry MX Red (low-force, linear feel), and Cherry MX Quiet Red (low-force, linear feel, and quiet).

 

SmartSet

The fully programmable Advantage2 features Kinesis’s 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 using convenient onboard shortcuts. SmartSet works on all major operating systems and enables users to easily create, view, edit, share, and backup their custom layouts.

  • Dual-Layer layouts with secondary actions embedded in the “Keypad” layer
  • Windows/Mac/PC Switchable (extra keycaps included)
  • One-touch, onboard key remapping so you can customize the layout to suit your typing style and preferences
  • Heavy-duty, on-the-fly macros up to 300 characters long. Choose from 9 playback speeds and add timing delays to ensure proper playback.
  • Native Dvorak layout which can be customized independently of the default QWERTY layout.
  • All settings are saved to the keyboard’s 4MB flash memory.

SmartSet Programming App

Prefer a graphical interface for customizing the Advantage’s layout and settings? Launch the no-install SmartSet App directly from the keyboard on your Windows PC to view layouts, create/edit macros, and adjust keyboard settings.

Specs

  • Plug-and-Play compatible with all USB operating systems (no special drivers required)
    • Windows 7- 11
    • Mac OS X 10.4+ (Mac Mode not compatible with non-US Layouts)
    • Android
    • Chrome
  • Dimensions & warranty

    • Width: 16.50 inches
    • Depth (front-to-back): 8 inches
    • Max height: 2.875 inches
    • Distance between F & J Keys: 9 inches
    • Weight: 2.20 lbs
  • USB cable length: 6 feet 3 inches; 6 feet 1 inch from back edge of keyboard
  • Warranty: 3 year limited
  • Package Contents: Keyboard with pre-loaded SmartSet App for Windows, Quick Start Guide, pair of self-adhesive palm pads

Note: Signature Series keyboards are not-returnable.

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