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KB600

Kinesis Advantage2 Ergonomic Keyboard (KB600)



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Kinesis has been designing and building premium ergonomic keyboards for more than 25 years. The Advantage2 features Kinesis' patented Contoured keyboard design and low-force mechanical key switches to address the major risk factors associated with keyboarding for maximum comfort. The fully programmable Advantage2 features Kinesis’ all-new SmartSet Programming Engine that allows you to customize the keyboard’s layout without installing any clunky software or special drivers. Record macros, remap keys, and much, much more. SmartSet works on all major operating systems and enables users to easily create, view, edit, share, and backup their custom layouts. The Advantage2 base model (KB600) features low-force, tactile Cherry MX Brown keyswitches for the most ergonomically correct typing experience. Brown switches offer tactile feedback to minimize unnecessary key impact. The Advantage2 uses generic HID (human interface device) drivers provided by the operating system. It can be operated and programmed without any special drivers in most environments supporting USB devices, including the following operating systems (must have an available USB port): Windows 7, 8 & 10; Mac OS 8.6 and higher (Not compatible with non-US layouts); Linux; and Android. Package Contents: Advantage2 keyboard, Quick Start Guide, 4 extra Mac and PC keycaps & keycap puller.

 

Specifications

Compatible operating systems

Advantage2 uses generic HID (human interface device) drivers provided by the operating system. It can be operated and programmed without any special drivers in most environments supporting USB devices, including the following operating systems with an available USB port

  • Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10

  • Mac OS 8.6 and higher (Not compatible with non-US layouts)

  • Linux

  • Android

KVM switches

Certain KVM and specialized telephony devices do not support programmable keyboards like the Advantage2. If you experience compatibility problems please visit the Advantage2 Resources page or contact Kinesis Technical Support.

Fully programmable

  • 2 MB onboard (non-volatile) memory

  • Supports 100+ macros (200 characters in length)

  • Unlimited key remapping

  • Create dozens of custom native QWERTY and Dvorak layouts

Thumb key modes (Windows, Mac and PC)

The Advantage2 is shipped from the factory configured for Windows. Users can instantly change the configuration to a Mac or Non-Windows PC layout. Please click on the appropriate link below to the view the three configurations
  • Windows configuration

  • Mac configuration

  • Non-Windows PC configuration

Keyswitches
(100% Cherry Mechanical)

Alphanumeric keys

  • Switch type: Cherry MX brown, tactile mechanical

  • Peak force: 55 grams

  • Activation force: 45 grams

  • Travel distance: 4.1 mm

Function keys

  • Switch type: Cherry ML, tactile mechanical

  • Peak force: 50 grams

  • Activation force: 45 grams

  • Travel distance: 3 mm

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

  • Shipping weight: 4 lbs

  • USB cable length: 6 feet 3 inches; 6 feet 1 inch from back edge of keyboard

  • Warranty: 3 year limited

Package contents include

  • Quick Start Guide

  • Self-adhesive palm pads

  • 4 extra keycaps: (2) command, (1) alt/option and (1) Alt key

  • Keycap puller


 

Features

  • Concave keywells - The keywells are scooped into a concave shape to reduce hand and finger extension. Hands rest in a natural, relaxed position, with the fingers curled down to the keys. Keycap heights are varied to match the different lengths of your fingers. The result is less muscle tension and a shorter reach for keys which increases efficiency and reduces fatigue.

  • Separate keywells for each hand - Separating the keywells positions the arms at shoulder-width to keep wrists straight and perpendicular to the home row. Typing with straight wrists is essential in avoiding injuries because it reduces abduction and ulnar deviation which can lead to pain and injury.

  • Separate thumb keys - The thumb keypad includes often used keys such as Enter, Space, Backspace, Delete and the combination keys, Control and Alt on the PC (Command and Option on the Macintosh). This redistributes the workload away from your relatively weaker and overused little fingers to stronger thumbs as well eliminating extension for these more distant keys.

  • 20-degrees of tenting - 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 and static muscle tension.

  • Vertical key layout - The keys are arranged in vertical columns (“orthogonally”) to better reflect the natural motion of your fingers. The staggered keys found on conventional keyboards are just an artifact of the original typewriter design and only serve to slow you down. Vertical keys reduce awkward extension and travel, and they also increase speed, accuracy, and overall comfort.

  • Palm supports - The integrated palm supports reduce stressful bending of the wrists (extension) 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.

  • Cherry MX (Brown) Low-force, tactile keyswitches - The Advantage2 (KB600 model) utilizes the Cherry MX low-force tactile switch (brown stem). It is a semi-custom low force tactile design created in 1992 to Kinesis’ specifications. “Tactility” is a slightly elevated force around the midpoint of the stroke of the key which lets you know the switch is about to be activated. A tactile response is preferred by many ergonomists, because it cues your fingers that activation is about to occur and is thought to reduce the likelihood or incidence or “bottoming out” the switch with a hard impact. The peak (tactile) force is ~55gm, following by an activation force of ~45 gm.

  • Cherry ML mechanical function keys - Long-time Advantage users will rejoice to learn that we’ve replaced the mushy, rubber function keys with high-performance Cherry ML switches that offer the same low-force and tactile properties of the MX Brown.

  • Smaller footprint - The Advantage2 may look big, but it actually has a smaller footprint than a traditional keyboard and even many “ergonomic” keyboards because we eliminated the numeric 10-key. A smaller footprint lets you place the mouse closer to your body, reducing painful “over-reach”. To satisfy number crunchers, we embedded a traditional 10-key in the right key well. We also offer a standalone low-force mechanical keypad which allows you to position it where you want it and move it out of the way when not in use.

  • Sculpted home row - We understand that learning a new keyboard can be difficult. That’s why we designed custom “cupped” keycaps for the home row to keep you anchored while typing. And just in case you need a little extra help, we made them in our iconic Kinesis blue for quick visual reference.

  • Key clicks - To encourage proper typing form, the Advantage2 features an optional electronic “click” that sounds right when a key press is registered. The click trains you not to “bottom-out” on each key press which reduces unnecessary impacts to your fingers. The click sound can be deactivated with the touch of a button.

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