Everyday millions of employees, students and businessmen and women are tapping away on a keyboard. It might be to take notes, record minutes at a meeting or to type up that frustrating email; the problem is that keyboards are not designed for prolonged use often leading to respective strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Kinesis, want to change the way we use this tool with their Freestyle 2 keyboard, a more ergonomic and productive way to type.
For more than 20 years, Kinesis has been a leading force in bringing the science of ergonomics to mainstream computer keyboards and input devices. In fact, they were the first company to release the commercial ergonomic computer keyboard in the U.S. in 1992. Since then, they have been on a mission to improve comfort and productivity for all computer users.
Their Freestyle 2 keyboard is a versatile convertible keyboard designed to bring ergonomic comfort and productivity to mainstream computer users at an affordable price. The 2011 Award Winner is essentially a traditional keyboard that has been split in two and improves one of the fundamental flaws of the existing design – the 10-degree positive slope that causes users to bend their wrists. With the Freestyle 2 and its innovative construction, it has a zero-degree slope which minimizes the height, effectively creating a negative slope and reducing wrist extension.
Another unique design feature is the flexible pivot tether that connects both sides of the keyboard allowing an infinite range of splay and greatly reducing ulnar deviation. In fact, the Freestyle 2 offers up an impressive up to 9 inches of complete separation for maximum comfort and versatility. Kinesis also has some accessories to take your typing experience to the next level we were very fond of their with VIP3 add-on, which is a V-lifter with integrated palm supports. This allows for quick, reproducible slope settings of 5, 10 and 15 degrees while creating a highly stable typing platform with no bounce.
While it is worth mentioning that there is a little learning curve at first, we do find ourselves much more productive and more importantly accurate when it comes to composing documents in the office with the Freestyle 2. Kinesis, even suggests that there will be no loss of performance during quantitative data logging with many users reporting higher productivity using the Freestyle, which we would believe to be accurate in our experience.
So, if you are sitting at a desk for 10 hours and logging some serious data, perhaps it’s time you get serious about your comfort and more importantly your arm health, check out the Kinesis Freestyle 2 keyboard today!