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Kinesis Advantage2 Silver Contoured USB Keyboard

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The Kinesis Advantage2 Silver Contoured KB605 USB Keyboard sets a new standard for ergonomic keyboards. The Advantage2 uses a non-traditional approach to ergonomics that users find very beneficial; the Advantage2 keyboards offer unique contours and additional features not found on other USB keyboards, including the choice of a traditional QWERTY layout or the newer DVORAK layout. The Advantage2 Silver offers all the features of the standard Advantage2 keyboard, but it includes a metallic finish, PC and Mac toggle, double the macro memory and a single action foot switch. The Advantage2 keyboard also comes in two other versions: the standard Advantage2 and the Advantage2 with dual QWERTY/DVORAK legends. Scroll down to see more Kinesis Advantage2 Silver features and specifications.

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This Humanscale Ergonomic Mouse Pad provides both a smooth, soft mousing surface and puts a great ergonomic workstation reference right at your fingertips. Purchase the Kinesis Advantage2 Silver Contoured USB Keyboard and receive an ergonomic mouse pad, absolutely free!

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The Kinesis Advantage2 Silver KB605 Contoured Keyboard's unique form is based on over two years of testing, and it is designed to reduce known factors that cause repetitive stress injury. Users unsatisfied with other ergonomic keyboards may find that its distinct design works for them when other options do not. The Kinesis Advantage2's unique shape reduces the force and stressful positioning that can cause discomfort and slow productivity. Since its introduction in 1992, the Kinesis Contoured Keyboard has has extensively been tested independently and has proven superior in comfort and productivity. Additionally, the Advantage2 Silver can be switched to a DVORAK layout, but it only has a QWERTY legend for reference.

Kinesis Advantage2 Silver Contoured USB Keyboard for PC and MAC Features

  • Silver edition includes metal finish, double macro memory of other models, easy switch between PC and Mac modes and a single action foot switch
  • Concave key wells reduce finger and hand extension to better fit the different lengths of user fingers: extension happens when the joints in the fingers curl up and extend forward from your hands, rather than relaxing downward slightly in the direction of the palms
  • Vertical key arrangement places keys in vertical columns in line with the natural motions of your fingers, and the keypads are sculpted and concave to fit the varying lengths of your fingers
  • Designed with looser placement of function keys to the alphanumeric keys, so your fingers need to stretch less in order to use them
  • Integral palm support enhances comfort and reduces extension of the wrists
  • Embedded 10 key layout eliminates the need to stretch your arm out of its neutral reach zone to use your keypad
  • The Advantage2 keyboard is compatible with the Kinesis Numeric keypad for users who prefer a separate numeric keypad
  • Smaller footprint allows you to place your keyboard closer to your mouse, making it easier to work in your neutral zone and reduce any shoulder pain

The Advantage2 keyboard ships with the standard Microsoft Windows layout, but you can easily change the configuration to a Mac or non-Windows PC layout. Click on the links below to see the three different configuration options:

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Technical Specifications

  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS 8.6 and higher, Linux, Android
  • No special drivers necessary
  • Separate thumb keypads for frequently used keys including enter, delete, backspace and combination keys control, alt and command (PC) or option (Mac) to reduce stress on the pinky
  • Separate key wells for each hand minimizes strain and stretching by positioning your arms at approximately shoulder width, keeping your wrists straight to reduce abduction and ulnar deviation which can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and tendonitis
  • Twenty degree, lateral-tilt design places your hands so that your thumbs are approximately 20 degrees higher than your pinky fingers to lessen pronation and/or static muscle tension
  • Low force, tactile key switches (45 grams) provide both tactile and audible feedback with their long travel (4 mm) They activate at approximately 2 mm to reduce the impact of "hitting bottom"
  • Optional Kinesis or other foot pedals can be used with this keyboard
  • Dimensions: 2.9" H x 16.5" W x 8" D; 6' USB cord length
  • Warranty: Limited 3 year

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Customer Reviews

Kinesis Advantage2 Silver Contoured USB Keyboard
4.5 Stars based on 5 Review(s)
5 Stars

Kinesis Adv. Pro Contoured USB Keyboard
March 18, 2014
Have been using for ten years, our staff are all using them. The new boards have more spring to them, quicker in typing, very helpful. A great purchase, even though pricey, worth the investment.

4 Stars

August 20, 2012
There is no problem with the product, it helps me a lot in the ways I needed it to. The problem was that with all taxes and transports I eventually paid ?549 for it. Thats just a ridiculous amount to pay for a keyboard, even one such as this. I also don't like where you put the letter Ĺ. It makes no sense.

John Goodwin
4 Stars

Nice keyboard, hard to get used to
August 9, 2010
Having used a lot of different keyboards, split, laptop, full, qwerty, dvorak, and so on, I'd say this one is the hardest to get used to out of the gates. Even now, the space, backspace, enter, and delete keys are fairly hard to get used to. Also, as a computer programmer, the arrow key placement is quite hard to get used to, along with the brackets, tilde, plus/equals key, and the slash/vertical pipe key. After using it a while, I'm somewhat thinking that this keyboard needs a program of some kind oriented around getting comfortable to the key placement. Also, getting used to hitting the right numbers is odd. I think it has something to do with the keys normally being offset some horizontally, instead of in exact columns up/down. Home row f and j keys do not have the typical raised dots on them, making finding the homerow by brail harder. Hitting the Function keys (F1-F12) is also harder to hit accurately as they are quite a bit smaller. As often as I hit some of the control keys like scroll lock, program, print screen, I might have rathered to have them centered in the very middle of the keyboard, and make the function keys normal sized. Also, the rubber function buttons are very easy to press, sometimes making it almost too easy to hit the wrong one. Having to press control/alt with your thumbs is also interesting. Any key combination of control/alt some key on the left side gets to be odd to strike. I end up holding both control/alt down by pressing across them sloppily with my left thumb, and pressing the key with one of the other four left fingers. The feel of the keyboard is a nice quality. The gel pads were an unexpected, and nice addition to the keyboard. It would be a tiny bit nicer, if the keys were maybe 5%-15% easier to strike, but perhaps that's just my arthritis acting up. When the keyboard shipped, I was playing with the different reprogramming settings and I noticed the control key on the right side didn't work out like I expected. If you are used to using 10 key, you might be happier with a separate 10 key unit, as the function lock to use num pad is somewhat sub-par for frequent use. If you have a long session it might be worth using, but for short bits, I end up using the top row of numbers. My accuracy dropped with this keyboard quite a bit at first. If you want to try out this keyboard, be sure to do it when you do not have a lot of pressure behind you to produce a lot of work quickly. I came from using a split key before, but, even so, it's quite different. Overall, I'd have to say I like the keyboard, and hope to use the macro features more, and someday re-enable the dvorak (I used to use that before, and it felt the most comfortable due to the better alternating of hands). I do not particularly care for the silver color. White, black, or even blue might have been better. For the price people pay, it might not be a bad service to offer to recolor it for customers for a small additional price. The slick finish does make it easy to wipe down and keep the non-keyed areas clean. We will see how it goes, but so far I'm not displeased with my purchase, but I don't know anyone who uses their computer enough that I could honestly say it would be a recommended buy.

Lost in Ohio
5 Stars

Works for me
July 29, 2010
I have had a kinesis keyboard for 10 years now and absolutely love it. The new ones are great and carry the same quality kinesis is known for. I have even ordered the dvorak keys direct from kinesis for a keyboard that will last me another 10 yrs.

5 Stars

Comfortable, Versatile Ergonomic Keyboard
May 13, 2010
It took some practice to get used to the concave, non-staggered layout. And the thumb keys also needed some getting used to. But after going through the typing exercises as instructed in the included booklet, I became reasonably proficient at typing on the keyboard and noticed that I seemed to extend my fingers much less than on a regular keyboard. While keys line up into columns, they are staggered row-wise and vary in depth to match the different lengths of the fingers. As for the foot switch, I ended up purchasing two more foot switches and a signal splitter directly from Kinesis. I have remapped them to function as Shift, Control, and Alt keys. The setup seems to be working so far and I hope to get to a point where using these will be as natural as typing with my fingers. I use vi frequently so I've remapped the Left Control key to function as ESC key as the ESC and function keys are small and far from the home row. This has worked out well so far as I can hit ESC much quicker and without looking compared to a standard keyboard. It's true that I could have configured vi instead, but this seems more useful. The keyboard is able to use Dvorak layout but I have not tried this feature yet. Another feature I haven't tried yet is macros, but storing and recalling frequently used snippets/key sequences seem very useful. Overall, I love this keyboard for its ergonomic design and that it is so configurable. The only frequently used keys I still can't touch type with consistency are the arrow keys and the bracket keys. They are in the bottommost row (two rows below the home row) and I find them hard to hit with confidence.

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