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The Freestyle Edge

Are you a gamer? Are you shopping for the ultimate gaming keyboard? Look no further than the new Freestyle Edge gaming keyboard. First class gaming keyboard thick and through. Built from the ground up with the gamers intuition at its heart.


Gaming Evolution

The Kinesis Freestyle Edge is the worlds first split keyboard specifically for gamers. Fully adjustable 20" braided cable gives you the ability to adjust your keyboard the exact way you want it. The evolution of a gaming keyboard has reached its peak with the Kinesis Freestyle Edge gaming keyboard. Boost your gaming performance to the next level and do it with ergonomic comfort.




The Smartest APP

 

 

 

 

 

No-Install Programming App

  Prefer a graphical interface for custom programming? The SmartSet App lives on your keyboard so it never gets installed on your computer. Design custom layouts, program & assign devastating macros, and even customize keyboard settings. Everything you need, without the bloatware. Now that’s what we call changing the game!


Seriously a Split Gaming Keyboard?


hats right the freestyle edge offers 20" of sweet separation so you can use an oversize mouse or a wheel for racing games. This keyboard was truly built with gamer in mind. If you trying to take the impossible shot or just cleaning house and owning everyone on the server. The Freestyle edge allows for precision in low DPI Gaming. Play to win the game

Small Foot Print


You get to decide on how you want to adjust your keyboard. Work from the standard layout to a split layout. Tired of the standard keyboards? The Freestyle Edge allows you to adjust to conform to your body and your hands. Small or large you can game in comfort.

Flexibility


Twist and rotate your keyboard or get nice in cosey with your team on a LAN tournment. Left handed or right handed you can move the keyboard to the way you want it. Add the additional lift kit to take your gaming experience to the next level. Choose from three heights. When you go tent you never go back trust me.


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Warranty

  • Freestyle Edge: 2 years from date of purchase
  • All other products: 1 year from date of purchase

Returns

Please contact Customer Service to request a Return Authorization within 30 days of product receipt. If authorized, return instructions will be provided. Return Authorizations expire 60 days after the issue date. Credit is only issued to products in resalable condition.

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Features

  • You choice of MX switch Brown, Red, and Blue
  • Completely programmable with the Freestyle Edge SmartSet and no Software needed.
  • Up to 9 dual-layer layouts
  • Up to 20 inches of separation
  • NKRO Mode and Gaming Mode
  • Braided Cables
  • Easily detach palm rests
  • Control your sound and other functions with multimedia controls
  • Extreme response time 1ms
  • 100% Anti-Ghosting
  • Memory Onboard 4mb

FAQ

What color switch should I get?

If this is your first time experiencing mechanical switches, we recommend going with the MX Brown which is the most popular switch for gaming and typing.

Can I upgrade my keycaps?

Yes! The Edge uses standard Cherry MX keycaps so any 3rd party Cherry-compatible keycap should work. Note that due to the Edge’s compact split layout there are some unique keys: Right Ctrl and Right Shift keys are 1.75x wide (substitute a Caps Lock key) and the space bars are 3.5x wide (We are not aware of any 3rd party 3.5x space bars).

How do I remove the keycaps?

You can purchase a keycap removal tool from us or on Amazon, or just use a folded paperclip.

How do I access the SmartSet App?

Open the v-Drive on a Windows computer (SmartSet + F8). Then locate the “FS Edge” removable drive in File Explorer and double-click the App. When you are finished, close the App and then close the v-Drive (SmartSet + F8) to implement your changes.

What is NKRO?

NKRO allows the Edge to register all simulateneous key presses so you never miss a key.

How do I increase the speed of my macros?

Activate Macro Speed Mode (SmartSet + F9) and then select 1-9 for the speed, or 0 to disable macros.

Where is the numeric keypad?

The Freestyle Edge was specifically designed as a “tenkeyless” keyboard to bring your mouse in closer to your body. If you require a numeric 10-key, you can program one into the embedded layer using the SmartSet App. Open the v-Drive (SmartSet + F8), launch the SmartSet App, click the Special Actions button in the Remap Section, then select “Numeric Keypad”. You can choose from the right or left side of the keyboard. Access the keypad by using the Fn key to enter the “embedded” layer.

What’s the best configuration for typing and gaming?

Whether your typing or gaming, you want your hands at shoulder width and wrists at a neutral angle.

Is there a different way to access the embedded Fn layer?

If you would prefer to temporarily “shift” on the embedded layer use the SmartSet App or Direct Programming to assign the “Fn Shift” special action to any key on the keyboard.

Can I disable backlighting?

Yes, just tap the LED key in the lower right corner of the Game Bank. To permanently disable backlighting enter Backlight Mode (SmartSet + LED Key) and tap “0” to disable all the full-size LEDs, or tap “P” for Pitch Black mode to disable all of the static indicator LEDs as well.

Can I disable onboard programming shortcuts?

Yes, use the Program Lock command (SmartSet + Shift + L) to temporarily disable the 4 programming keys. Use the same shortcut to re-enable onboard programming.

How do I access the multimedia controls?

Tap the Fn key to toggle on the embedded function layer. The multimedia keys are then accessed from F1-F6 when the Fn layer is active.

Does the Edge perform mouse clicks?

Yes, the Edge can perform both single and double mouse clicks via the Special Actions menu in the SmartSet App or Direct Programming.

Can I run the SmartSet App on a Linux machine?

Yes, many Linux users have reported successfullly using WineHQ to run the Windows version of the App. Note: WineHQ and other such programs are 3rd party applications which have not been tested by Kinesis and are not supported. Use at your own risk.

Does the Edge work with non-US keyboard drivers?

Basic keyboard usage and onboard programming should work with non-US keyboard drivers, but the SmartSet App requires that you are using the standard US keyboard driver.

Customer Reviews

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Almost an ergonomic keyboard

I am not a connoisseur of keyboards as such, nor a gamer, just a heavy user who has learned his lesson about the ergonomics of writing on a computer all day. This is the first split keyboard I have tried, and I like it pretty well. I'm going to like it much better when the tenting kit arrives, though. Tenting is necessary to complete the ergonomic correction required to take strain off your wrists and forearms. Charging extra for such an essential feature is just wrong.

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Erogonomics are great... but everything else

The keyboard ergonomics are great, the keys feel great, and the overall build quality is superb. My issues lay in the programming of the board. While it sounds nice to be able to not install any extra programs to your computer and just save everything to the board itself. This has some inherent problems. Most obvious, the macro keys.Because everything is hardware based, there's no way to issue a command to Windows. The keyboard can only send keystrokes. This prevents you from executing applications or sending special commands to windows. I tried to set a key for left mouse click, and it seems to have just ignored the command completely. When I attempted to create a macro for holding ctrl and pressing shift (to change my keyboard layout via Windows) the clunky programming interface of their software just got in my way and was too frustrating to continue with. I haven't tried the built in hardware programming, so no comments on the effectiveness of that, but obviously that would still hold the same issues of only being able to run keystrokes and timing.The lighting is good, very clear and bright. 4 stars because the fn option on the F keys does not glow along with the key itself making it hard to see.The ergonomics, again, are wonderful. I bought the lift kit for the keyboard after reading that it was needed. It really does help with keeping my wrists straight while I'm typing, and preventing strain. I was looking for a RBG mechanical ergonomic macro keyboard. This was the closest thing I could find. (Will probably replace the blue LEDs via soldering, later down the line) I was leaning towards returning the board and finding something else, because of the lack of macro usage, but using a workaround, I've decided to stick with this keyboard. (workaround: assign macro keys to F13 - F20, and AutoIt with a keyboard hook)Would have given this board 5 stars if the macro was software based, allowing extra function. Would buy the next model if they added RGB support.

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A little louder than expected, but highly functional

I got the 'quieter' reds, and honestly this was still louder than I'd expected (listening in my crowded office at work vs bringing it home to my quiet home office ... my fault, not the keys' fault), but it works perfectly. Programmable for macros and light level, very responsive, easy to type on, easy to position where I like it, and no more dropouts from bluetooth cutting in or out like my old keyboard. All around a huge improvement for me.

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Hip, hip, hooray! Finally, a good quality ergo, backlit keyboard!

I've been trying to find a decent ergo, rgb keyboard for years, and am very pleased with this one. The quality is very good and it's nice to have a choice of authentic cherry keys.I bought the lift kit, which also works nicely. Just a suggestion to the manufacturer - It would be nice if they had another accessory to lock the two sides together, so that they would stay permanently in an ideal configuration.Plus one other minor niggle is that the umbilical cord is overly stiff and hence is awkward to manipulate, especially when there's limited space behind the keyboard (mine is in a desk tray). I don't know why everyone now seems to have to use braid cord sleeves. What's wrong with good, old fashioned (flexible) cables?

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J.S.
MY FAVORITE (split + mech + Mac)

tl;dr I love it very much, and it does have some quirks if you're a Mac user, but still my preferred solution so far for Mechanical + Split keyboard for Mac over the Matias Ergo Pro.I used a Matias Ergo Pro for two years before it severely bit the dust after warranty. I had repeated key issues with the Matias Ergo Pro multiple times, had to get it replaced once, and I not fond of its bulkiness, so I was looking for something new to replace it. I had the specific requirements of needing a split keyboard that works well with Macs, and after a brief tango with the Kinesis Freestyle2, I was depressed to realize that I am also a person who Desperately Needs the clickiest and clackiest of keyboards to feel like I'm not dying every time I type a letter, and since I type a lot all day for work, avoiding the deathfeelings is pretty clutch. And so, with all these specific needs, my options were limited from the start.Given that I live closer to the Arctic Circle than most people might by choice, I also experience darkness in abundance. The backlighting of this keyboard set it apart from my other option[s], and it seemed like an added bonus, for I would have to learn this subtly different keyboard layout in the depths of winter, when assisted keyboard vision can be necessary. The Kinesis Gaming Freestyle Edge checked all of my boxes in theory, and so I bit the bullet to see how it would roll out in practice. The outcome: I was pleased.For mac users, there *is* the annoyance of key alignment for the Command and Alt/Option keys with respect to the bottom row keys (ZXCV especially), as the placements are slightly shifted from the native Mac keyboard. The X on the MacBook Pro is completely above the Command key, but on the Freestyle Edge, the Z and X share equal space above what will typically be the Command key when you configure for Mac. Also, if you want to swap out those special keycaps to be Macish (as I have done with custom printed keys I found online), you can't easily ...