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Kinesis Freestyle Edge Split Gaming Keyboard

Brand: Kinesis
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GAMING EVOLVED

The Freestyle Edge is the first split keyboard designed specifically for gaming. It was engineered with input from hardcore gamers to meet the strictest standards for quality and design. We stripped out all the gimmicks and focused on features that deliver comfort, control, and performance.  An adjustable 20” braided cable links the key modules to give you unparalleled freedom to customize your rig. There is no wrong way to set up the Freestyle Edge, just dial in your favorite configuration for the ultimate desktop freedom. Seamlessly shift between gaming & typing configurations for the best of both worlds.

The Edge features a standard key layout so there is no learning curve.

 

 

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  •   Plug-and-Play, fully programmable (no software or special drivers to install)
  •   O/S: Windows, Mac, Linux & Chrome
  •   Plate-mounted, Cherry MX mechanical switches
  •   Single-color blue LED backlighting (12 modes)
  •   6′ braided USB cable 
  •   32-bit Atmel microcontroller
  •   4MB onboard memory
  •   2 year limited warranty
  •   Weight: ~2.5 lbs 
  •   Lift Kit and Palm Pads sold separately
  •   SmartSet App is Windows only


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Choose one of these popular configurations or come up with your own. How will you Freestyle?

 

CONVENTIONAL

Push the key modules together for a compact "tenkeyless" (TKL) footprint which takes up less space on your desk. Remove the palm supports and get an even more compact keyboard. And since the Freestyle Edge features a traditional layout there is no adaptation period

ADJUSTABLE SPLIT

Conventional keyboards can leave you wanting more room, especially if you have broad shoulders. Even small improvements in comfort can have huge impacts on performance. Split the key modules to shoulder-width to reduce shoulder and forearm strain when typing. Adjust the cable to Small (10”), Medium (13”), or Large (16”) depending on your shoulder-width and stash the excess cable in the hidden compartment.

ROTATED

Unlike a full-size keyboard, it’s easy to rotate either key module on the Freestyle Edge to your exact specifications. Rotate for optimal key coverage or to squeeze into a tight space at a LAN party. Professional gamers have known for years that angling the keyboard keeps your wrists straight which reduces pain and fatigue, and boosts stamina.

XL SPLIT

Use the XL Split configuration to create up to 20” of prime real estate for an oversized mouse pad, joystick, steering wheel, microphone, or maybe even a snack. The right key module is still within reach for in-game commands and chat. Most people don't need a full 20 inches of separation, but it's nice to know it's there if you do.

ONE-HANDED

If you don’t need the right half of the keyboard for gaming, why is it cluttering your desk and slowing you down? Slide the right key module out of the way (or off your desk altogether) and bring your mouse pad in tight for maximum control and precision in low DPI gaming.

TENTED

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Choose from 5, 10 or 15 degrees of tenting with the optional Lift Kit


A conventional flat keyboard puts strain on your hands and arms. Over time that strain adds up and can reduce your performance, or even knock you out of the game all together. With the optional Lift Kit, you can tent one or both key modules to provide a neutral wrist and forearm position for extended gaming sessions. This isn't some gimmick, it's just more comfortable. Note: Palm Supports are required to use the Lift Kit.

 

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At Kinesis we've been using Cherry mechanical switches for more than 25 years because we love the performance and durability of these German-engineered switches. Some keyboard manufacturers are moving away from Cherry to "clone" switches to save money, but they aren't always passing those savings on to you, the customer. In gaming, every key stroke counts, which is why we insist on using only authentic Cherry switches.

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The original, and still the best.


We know everyone has his or her favorite Cherry MX switch type (we actually helped Cherry develop the Browns 20 years ago). Down the road we hope to be able to offer the Edge in the full-array of Cherry switches, but for our first manufacturing run we had to make some tough choices. After polling serious gamers, we found that Red, Brown, and Blue switches would work for the largest number of folks. So we apologize in advance to all fans of other switches types out there.


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If you're new to mechanical keyboards, we recommend the Browns.


We’re even using Cherry ML mechanical switches for the 4 keys in the Programming Cluster. When we say this keyboard is 100% Cherry-mechanical, we mean it.

 

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We like RGB lighting as much as the next guy, but does it boost your performance? Our blue LEDs illuminate the keyboard for gaming in low-light conditions, without any gimmicks. Choose from 9 brightness levels or activate Breathe mode to deliver soothing pulses of light.


Many professional gamers told us that they find backlighting distracting. That’s why we designed Pitch Black mode. Disable all the indicator LEDs so your focus is where it belongs, on the game. Unlike other gaming keyboards, our backlighting on/off switch is fully programmable. Move it out of the way so you don't accidentally hit it, or put it somewhere more convenient for easy access. The choice is yours.

 

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The Game Bank features 8 dedicated game keys conveniently located to the left of WASD.  These game keys are programmed separately for each layout and layer, just like the rest of the keyboard. Assign your favorite macros or relocate any essential right-side keys during one-handed play, or just move the media keys to the top layer. Pretty handy, huh?

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If there is another compact, TKL keyboard with Game Keys on the market, we've haven't seen it.

 

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PALM SUPPORTS - Every Freestyle Edge comes with palm supports. They easily snap on/off depending on your preference. They can even be paired with our optional cushioned palm pads for maximum comfort. 

100% ANTI-GHOSTING - Because every key switch has its own diode, you'll never get any "phantom" presses like with some cheaper keyboards.

MULTIMEDIA CONTROLS - Control your music using F1-F6 in the embedded layer. Not convenient enough, just remap those key actions even closer. Maybe in the Game Bank?

NKRO MODE - 6-key rollover is good enough for most folks. But if you're building the ultimate split gaming keyboard, its gotta have NKRO! Simply use the onboard shortcut to toggle the keyboard into NKRO-over-USB mode. We made NKRO a separate mode to ensure you wouldn't have any issues accessing your BIOS.

1MS RESPONSE TIME - The Freestyle Edge reports keystrokes 1000 times per second (aka "1000hz polling"), just like other top gaming keyboards.

4MB ONBOARD MEMORY - Each Freestyle Edge has a whopping 4MB of onboard memory to store custom layouts, macros, keyboard settings and the SmartSet App. Just don't use it to smuggle any top secret documents...

GAME MODE - Temporarily disables all Windows key actions and combinations so you don't accidentally exit out of your game. Trust us, you want this.

BRAIDED CABLES - Premium braided cables feel great and are extra sturdy. When you're constantly repositioning the keyboard you need a linking cable that can stand up to a little abuse.

 

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Each layout can be custom programmed to suit your specific gaming and typing style. Create custom game-specific or user-specific layouts that you can quickly load and unload as needed. 

Each layout has 2 separate programmable layers. The Embedded "Fn" layer has the 6 standard media actions and "Insert", but otherwise its the same as the top layer and ready to be customized. Perfect for Dvorak/Colemak typing, a numeric 10-key, a left-sided arrow cluster, or whatever else you can dream up.

The embedded Fn layer is easily accessed with the Fn key in the lower left corner of the Game Bank. By default the Fn key "toggles" access to the Fn layer on and off, but you can reprogram that key to temporarily "shift" the Fn layer for quick "press-and-hold" access to embedded actions. Not only that, the Fn key can be placed anywhere on the keyboard giving you even more flexibility and control. 

Don't need two layers? Just remap over the Fn key and turn the Edge into a basic, single-layer keyboard.

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Quick Start Guide - Kinesis Freestyle Edge

 

Download Kinesis Freestyle Edge Manual

Warranty Information

KINESIS TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

Kinesis Gaming (“Kinesis”) warrants to the original retail purchaser that the Kinesis product is free from defects in materials and workmanship and will perform substantially in accordance with the Product documentation. This warranty only applies to the original retail purchaser of the product and requires proof of purchase. Unless otherwise noted in writing, the warranty term shall be 2 years from the original date of purchase.

Exceptions

  •   This Warranty does not apply to any software included with the product which is covered by the Kinesis License Agreement.
  •   If the product fails due to accident, abuse, inappropriate use, or normal wear, Kinesis shall have no responsibility under this Limited Warranty
  •   As with all third-party computer peripherals, compatibility issues may arise, especially as new operating systems and updates are released, that result in certain “bugs” that are characterized by a range of diminished performance by the product. Kinesis will endeavor to fix bugs as they arise but cannot warrant that all bugs will be fixed.

Purchaser’s Exclusive Remedies

During the term of the warranty, the exclusive remedy for a defect in the product shall be, at Kinesis’s option, either repair or replacement of the product. Kinesis has the option to use either new or reconditioned parts or products.

Contacting Technical Support

If you suspect that your Kinesis product is not working properly or if you have questions, contact Kinesis technical support (tech@kinesis.com). Kinesis support will attempt to diagnose the problem, determine whether your product is under warranty, and recommend an appropriate course of action.

Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA)

If Kinesis determines that a warranty repair or replacement of the product is required, Kinesis will provide an RMA number and instructions for returning the product to Kinesis. You are responsible for the cost of shipping the product to Kinesis. Kinesis does not accept responsibility for products that are damaged en route to Kinesis so please consider obtaining insurance from your carrier. If a product is damaged or destroyed during shipping that may invalidate your warranty claim.

Return Shipping

Kinesis will provide complimentary return shipping (via “UPS Ground” or equivalent) to the United States and Canada for any products that are repaired or replaced under warranty. Customers located outside the US and Canada will be billed Expedited UPS (or equivalent) rates for return shipping.

Disclaimer of Other Warranties

The warranty and remedies set forth above are exclusive and in lieu of all others, whether oral or written, express or implied. Kinesis specifically disclaims any and all implied warranties, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. No Kinesis dealer, agent, or employee is authorized to make any modification, extension, or addition to this warranty. Kinesis does not warrant that the product will meet your requirements, or that operation of the product will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that all errors will be corrected.

Limitation of Liability

Kinesis is not responsible for special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from any breach of warranty, or under other legal theory, including but not limited to lost profits, downtime, goodwill, damage to or replacement of equipment and/or property nor any costs of recovering, reprogramming, or reproducing any program or data stored in or used with Kinesis products. Some states or countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or exclusions of implied warranties, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state and country to country.

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