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Stand alone thumb keypads
The thumb keypad consists of typically used keys particularly Enter, Space, Backspace, Delete and the combination keys, Control and Alt on the PC (Command and Option on the Macintosh). This redirects the work load from your relatively weakened and overused little fingers to healthier thumbs.
Individual key wells for each hand
This separation decreases strain and stretching by positioning your arms somewhere around at shoulder width and with wrists straight. This structure decreases abduction and ulnar deviation (most common signs experienced with repetitive strain problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis).
Concave key wells
Concave key wells minimizes hand and finger extension. Extension takes place when the joints in your fingers curl up and expand forward from your hands instead of relaxing down a little in the direction of the palms. A flat typing surface supposes that your fingers are all of equivalent length, therefore your longer fingers must arch up over the keys. The effect is extension of the muscles and tendons in your hands. Your muscles do not operate at optimal efficiency and the effect is more prompt muscle fatigue.
Concave key wells eliminate extension by accommodating the various lengths of your fingers and positioning your hands and fingers in a more relaxed and natural setting.
Upright key layout
Keys are positioned in vertical columns to mirror natural motions of your fingers, and the keypads are sculpted and concave to match the various lengths of your fingers.
Better placement of function keys
Soft-touch function keys are set nearer to the alphanumeric keys to reduce difficult motions and stretches, specifically for key combinations including thumb keys (Control and Alt, for example).
20-degree lateral tilt design
The keyboard design places your hands so that your thumbs are positioned more or less 20 degrees higher than pinky fingers. This design will help to minimize tensions related with pronation and static muscle tension while enabling optimum keying productivity.
Integral palm support
The palm support with optional self-adhesive pads boosts comfort and minimizes stressful extension of your wrist. This gives a place to rest your hands while they are not actively keying.
Cherry MX (Brown) Low-force, tactile key switches
The standard Advantage contoured keyboard utilizes the Cherry MX low-force tactile switch (brown stem). It's a partially customized low force tactile design and style created in 1992 to Kinesis’ specs. “Tactility” is a relatively enhanced force around the midpoint of the stroke of the key which allows you to understand the switch is mostly about to be triggered. A tactile response is favored by a lot of ergonomists, because it cues your fingers that activation is about to take place and is considered to lessen the possibility 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.
Embedded 10-key layout
A standard numeric (10-key) keypad is embedded into the right alphanumeric keywell, which offers ergonomic benefits for number-intensive operations. The 10-key legends are positioned on the front edge of the key caps. The 10-key can also be set to operate from the left keywell.
Individual keys can be re-mapped or copied to other key locations. Due to this, you can customise the keyboard’s operation for your own use to lessen upsetting reaches and produce an ideal hand workload.
Up to 48 macros can be programmed and stored in the keyboards on-board memory. Perfect for eliminating awkward key combinations or for individuals that type the same word or phrase consistently.
Optional foot switches
Up to three foot switches can be used to execute keystrokes, redistributing a portion of the workload away from your hands. For instance, a foot switch may be used to activate the embedded 10-key pad or “shift” key.
One more benefit of the embedded 10-key is that it brings down the overall width of the contoured keyboard measuring only 16 5/8 inches x 8 1/8 inches x 3 inches making it much smaller than a standard keyboard. This smaller foot print allows closer positioning of any pointing device minimizing over-reach problems.
Compatible operating systems
- Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and also Windows 8
- Mac OS 8.6 and higher (Not compatible with non-US layouts)
- NECESSARY USB 3.0 NOTE: Advantage keyboard’s at present do not work on most Windows 7 computers which have USB 3.0 ports, no matter if they also have USB 2.0. This issue don't occur in some other operating systems, such as Windows 8, Linux & Mac.
- 2-Port 1.1 USB hub
- Twice the onboard memory for longer macros. Select 24, 36, or 48 macros (142, 94, or 70 characters long, respectively)
- Supports unlimited key remapping
- Memory locking switch secures users from accidental or unauthorized programming of the keyboard
- Single-action foot switch included
- Sleek metallic finish
The Advantage is shipped from the manufacturing area configured for Windows. Owners can directly alter the configuration to a Mac or Non-Windows PC layout. Feel free to click on the proper link listed below to the see the three configurations:
- Switch type: Cherry MX brown, tactile mechanical
- Highest force: 55 grams
- Activation force: 45 grams
- Travel resistance: 4.1 mm
- Width: 16.50 inches
- Depth (front-to-back): 8 inches
- Max height: 2.875 inches
- Range between F & J Keys: 9 inches
- Weight: 2.20 lbs
- Shipping weight: 4 lbs
- Cord length: 7 feet 3 inches