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Kinesis Advantage Contoured USB Keyboard for PC and MAC

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Kinesis Advantage Contoured USB Keyboard for PC and MAC sets a new standard for keyboards. This ergonomic keyboard has unique contours and delivers additional features not found on other USB keyboards, including the ability to switch between the traditional QWERTY layout and the newer DVORAK layout. The standard Advantage keyboard also comes in upgraded versions including Advantage with dual QWERTY/DVORAK legends and the Advantage Pro. Scroll down to see more Kinesis Advantage keyboard details and specifications.

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The Kinesis Advantage Keyboard is available in black.

Kinesis Advantage Black BLK

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Numeric Keypad

Use the Kinesis Low-Force Numeric Keypad for quick and easy data entry. Featuring the same low-force keys as the Kinesis Advantage Keyboard, as well as four hot keys and two USB ports, this is a handy addition to your workstation.

Kinesis Keypad

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Foot Switch

Kinesis foot switches for the Advantage Contoured Keyboard come in either single action or triple action models.

  • Single Action Foot Switch [FS007RJ11] - For most users, this premium, elegant pedal provides more comfort than the outer pedals of the triple action model. The pedal is front-hinged with a textured surface, and can work with any model of Kinesis contoured keyboard. If the user desires, a self-adhesive hook-and-loop tab is included to anchor the foot pedal to the floor.
  • Triple Action Foot Switch [FS006TAF] - The triple action pedal is the best and most efficient way of taking advantage of your Kinesis Advantage Contoured Keyboard's foot input options. It can be configured to perform any user-defined macro or keystroke.

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Free Ergonomic Mouse Pad

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 Advantage Contoured USB Keyboard for PC and MAC and receive an ergonomic mouse pad, absolutely free!

With this mouse pad, the keys to ergonomic comfort are close at hand

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Kinesis Advantage Contoured USB Keyboard with Dual QWERTY/DVORAK Legend for PC and MAC
List Price: $320.00
Our Price: $290.00
Kinesis Advantage Pro Contoured USB Keyboard
List Price: $350.00
Our Price: $320.00
Kinesis Low-Force Numeric Keypad
List Price: $59.95
Our Price: $54.00

The Kinesis Contoured Advantage Ergonomic Keyboard's unique design is based on more than two years of research and was designed to reduce the known factors that cause repetitive stress injuries. Have you tried all the other keyboards and find that none of them relieve your discomfort? Then maybe the Kinesis Advantage Contoured Keyboard is for you.

The Kinesis Advantage is designed to be more comfortable than other keyboards in several different ways. The Kinesis Advantage's unique shape reduces the force and stressful positioning that contribute to discomfort and slow productivity. Since its introduction in 1992, the Kinesis Contoured keyboard has undergone extensive independent testing and has proven superior in both comfort and productivity.

This standard Advantage model can be switched to a DVORAK layout, but it has only a QWERTY legend. If you need both, consider the Advantage with dual QWERTY/DVORAK legends, or for more memory and features, check out the Advantage Pro.

Kinesis Advantage Features

  • Concave key wells reduce hand and finger extension to better accommodate the different lengths of your fingers: extension occurs when the joints in your fingers curl up and extend forward from your hands, rather than relaxing down slightly in the direction of the palms
  • Low-force mechanical switches for comfortable typing
  • Vertical key layout arranges keys in vertical columns to reflect the natural motions of your fingers, and the keypads are sculpted and concave to fit the varying lengths of your fingers
  • Design provides looser placement of function keys to the alphanumeric keys, so your fingers don't have to stretch as far 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 to reach your keypad
  • Programmable - you can remap any or all of the keys!
  • The Advantage keyboard is compatible with the Kinesis Numeric keypad for those who prefer a separate numerical keypad
  • Smaller footprint allows you to place your mouse closer to your keyboard, making it easier to work in your neutral zone and reduce any shoulder pain

The Advantage keyboard ships with the standard 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:

Technical Specifications

  • Compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and higher, Windows 2000 and higher (Not compatible with Windows 7)
  • No special drivers needed
  • Separate thumb keypads for frequently used keys including: enter, backspace, delete and combination keys control, alt and command (PC) or option (Mac) to reduce stress on the little finger
  • Separate key wells for each hand minimizes strain and stretching by placing your arms at approximately shoulder width, keeping your wrists straight to reduce abduction and ulnar deviation which can cause 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 minimize 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) with activation at approximately 2 mm to reduce the jarring impact of "hitting bottom"
  • Select 24, 36, or 48 macros (56, 38, or 28 characters long, respectively)
  • 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 2 year

Video Review - Kinesis Advantage Contoured Keyboard

Watch as Shannon demonstrates how the Kinesis Advantage Contoured Keyboard works!

Customer Reviews

Kinesis Advantage Contoured USB Keyboard for PC and MAC
5 Stars based on 21 Review(s)
5 Stars

Great Product!
December 26, 2013
I bought this keyboard hoping that it would help resolve the chronic tendonitis in my arm/wrist. The low force switches/keys as well as the ergonomic design have been very effective in doing so. I highly recommend this product... I am very thankful to Kinesis for this product. It admittedly looks very different but don't let that distract you from purchasing this well designed/built product.

5 Stars

It's the best!
December 8, 2013
I bought a Kinesis contour keyboard many many years ago. When it gave me trouble I sent it back for a rebuild. When my newer computers did not have a PS/2 port, I used an adapter. The Kinesis kept going. Now I work in two locations, so I bought a second Kinesis keyboard so I don't have to carry one with me. The new one has a better feel than the old one, which I thought was perfect. I use my computer about 15-16 hours a day - for work, personal business, social life and entertainment. My hands and wrists 10 years ago were inflamed and painful. They improved noticeably within two weeks after I started using the Kinesis. Now my hands and wrists are in good shape, thanks to the Kinesis keyboard. Other keyboards make you move your hand a lot, stretch your fingers into awkward positions, and twist your wrists. Even other so-called ergonomic keyboards are simply not ergonomic! The Kinesis is really shaped to fit the hand, and the special keys are placed where you can reach them with the least amount of stress on the fingers and hands. The thumb works harder than the pinky - which is good - because it is a much stronger muscle. All in all, Kinesis designed this to be as ergonomic as a keyboard can be. It took me less than a week to be typing at normal speed, but then, as I said, I was working 15 hours a day. Also, I knew the minute I put my hands on it, that the effort to get used to it would pay off. If there is one thing I wish for, it would be a good (Apple-quality) touchpad in the center of the keyboard. I bought an ergonomic mouse which sits to the right of the keyboard. it's still less arm travel than with any other keyboard to move my hand from the keyboard to the mouse, but if it could be in the center, between my hands, it would be even better. I haven't tried foot pedals and I don't need programable keys - I just like a keyboard that minimizes the stress on my hands for typing.

M. Johnston
5 Stars

My second Kinesis
April 22, 2012
This was an upgrade for me from an older model Kinesis that has a PS/2 connector and won't work on the new work laptop. It's a great keyboard. I got the single foot switch also, but have not found as much use for it as I had hoped. Another strange thing, the new kb only works on 1 of the 5 USB ports on the laptop; I'm have not tried very hard to figure out why that happens. The Human Solution was easy to work with and I'd be happy to get another Kinesis from them when USB plugs go obsolete.

5 Stars

Give it some will grow on you
March 4, 2012
Took me ~3 weeks to become accustomed to the keyboard. Would like to see an integrated touchpad in the middle - as this is wasted space in my opinion. I use it to hold my phone on a rubberized mat, but would prefer a touch pad to reduce hand travel to the trackball. Aside from that, I really like this keyboard. Just give yourself a few weeks to retrain your natural tendency to move the hands left and right while typing.

5 Stars

March 1, 2012
Almost magic... I have always been a slow touch typist... with this keyboard within 3 days I was typing faster and more accurately than I ever have. My arms, fingers, and wrists never tire or have pain now. My posture sitting in front of the keyboard was immediately better. A lot of folks say it takes a lot of time to adjust to... for me it was almost instantly... the keyboard seemed like an old friend. Only complaint is that the 2 USB port are too close together and angled is such a way as to make the use of both at the same time not practical. Neal Kellner CM TRAVEL 4FUN

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