Gaming Keyboard that’s SPLIT in HALF? – Kinesis Freestyle Edge

Gaming Keyboard that’s SPLIT in HALF? –  Kinesis Freestyle Edge


If I asked you to imagine the perfect gaming keyboard,
you’d probably think of things like…
Cherry MX Switches,
programmable keys, and
n-key rollover.
But what if there was a keyboard that had all the basic gamer features,
but also helped you play longer, without fatigue,
and even gave you multiple ways to configure your desktop.
Maybe that’s something you didn’t even know you wanted!
Introducing, the Freestyle Edge from KinesisGaming.
The world’s first split,
gaming keyboard.
AND introducing,
Corsair’s new Light Loop fans.
Featuring 16 independent LEDs in every fan,
And low noise operation without sacrificing performance
Check them out, at the link below.
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** LTT Intro **

Now, the ideal keyboard position can change a lot,
depending on what game you are playing.
So the idea here, is that,
Whether you are the type who likes to…
tilt your keyboard for shooters,
throw in a joystick for flying,
bring the mouse in close for reduced shoulder fatigue,
or, let’s be honest, sometimes you just want a little, snacky-poo,
the Edge gives you flexibility.
So the two halves of the keyboard can be placed
up to fifty centimeters apart.
And,
you can even hide some,
though,
not quite enough in my opinion,
of the cord that goes between the pieces
to limit the amount of excess
hanging out in closer configurations,
Now, I know what you’re thinking,
“Okay…
Maybe that’s useful.
But is this really worth a video?”
To be honest,
initially we thought it was just a keyboard with a flashy gimmick, too.
But it ended up being a damn, good keyboard!
The build quality is solid, with braided cables,
and Cherry MX Switches,
either in red, brown, or blue flavors,
and features like,
one millisecond response times,
anti-ghosting,
and eight programmable macro keys
will keep hardcore players competitive,
but stealthy.
The matte-black finish and easy to read legend
contribute to a clean, modern look that doesn’t scream
GAMER!
I mean who says that “sick gear, bro”
has to actually physically nauseate you.
And, it even has a pitch black mode
that turns off both the blue backlight
and the indicator LEDs.
Neato!
So, at this point,
Even if the video was over, the K-
no no, wait! I said IF
It’s not over yet.
The Edge would be worth a serious look.
But we haven’t even talked about the feature that takes this keyboard to the next level:
Programmability.
Every one of the Edge’s ninety-five keys can be remapped
to not just any function,
but any two functions,
with you toggle between,
using the, “frickin”, key down here.
And I am not talking about simple functions!
EVERY key,
or combo, using modifiers like control and/or shift,
can be mapped to a macro.
And you can have up to twenty-four macros.
Each one can be up to three-hundred characters long.
The execution speed for which can be controlled globally,
or set individually,
all the way from four,
to a fiery three-thousand actions per second
Then,
Man, this thing just keeps going!
Lets say that you share your keyboard with someone else,
or you like different keymappings for different activities like
gaming or working.
That’s no problem.
You can have this level of customization,
on up to nine, different layouts.
So, such advanced programmability probably needs,
advanced programming knowledge,
and/or a software tool then, right?
Well…
You CAN do either of those things.
What’s cool is that the software tool for Windows
is actually built right into the keyboard.
No download required.
But,
all but a few niche actions can actually be done
just using the keys on the board
It’s super intuitive and only takes a second.
And if you forget what layer you are using or,
just,
what you even have programmed,
you can check it at any time.
And all of this is stored directly on the board,
so you can take all of your settings with you.
Which brings us to the bad stuff.
You may have noticed that I haven’t talked about price, yet.
This keyboard is $220!
(Or $200 on Amazon.)
Which isn’t outlandish,
but it is a lot,
even for a high-quality, mechanical board.
*sniffs*
Especially one that, *sniffs*, isn’t RGB.
That price tag on its own isn’t
all of what bothers me anyway.
Remember:
That’s still only half the price of the last
Kinesis ergonomic keyboard we reviewed,
the Advantage 2, which you can check out here.
It’s the fact that once you’ve taken your
expensive product out of its clever box,
you’re left feeling,
a little,
incomplete.
The reason is that the edge doesn’t come with the lift kit.
Which after using it both with,
and without it feels completely essential.
It tilts your wrists
five, ten, or fifteen degrees,
and takes the Edge from being a
stylish, flexible,
maybe even fantastic gaming keyboard,
to being perhaps the most
ergonomic gaming keyboard out there.
Since the wrist-rests keep your wrists from extending,
the lift kit keeps your arms from pronating,
and the separation keeps them ulnas from deviating.
Whether you’re typing for hours,
gaming for hours,
or some combination of the two for hours.
So should you buy it?
Not everyone is going to like the cramped arrow keys.
Or the fact that the halves don’t snap together for some reason.
And,
at this price,
we think it absolutely needs to include the lift kit.
But,
of all the ergonomic keyboards so far,
we think this one has by far the most mainstream appeal.
So, if it goes on sale,
I am ready to say, “pull the trigger now!”
But until then,
You might say that i’m a little bit…
split.
Or, torn?
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So go check it out, guys.
So, thanks for watching.
If this video sucked, you know what to do.
But if it was awesome, get subscribed,
hit the like button,
or check out the link to where to buy the stuff we featured in the video description.
Also down there is our merch store,
which has cool shirts, like this one.
Actually I don’t know if this design is still on there,
but it has other cool shirts.
And our community forum, which you should totally join.

100 thoughts on “Gaming Keyboard that’s SPLIT in HALF? – Kinesis Freestyle Edge

  • March 23, 2018 at 5:58 am
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    Fire boy and water girl anyone?

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  • April 4, 2018 at 12:04 am
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    Oowowowowowowowoowowowowowowowowowow that hurts and no i did not mean owo i meant ow cause in the thumbnail the cords are around his neck 200 $ noose ayayayayaya

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  • April 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm
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    Why tho

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  • April 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    This keyboard could be perfect for digital artists that only use a few keys in combination with a wacom tablet.

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  • April 25, 2018 at 11:54 am
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    It's on sale on Massdrop.com right now for $170! https://www.massdrop.com/buy/kinesis-freestyle-split-mechanical-keyboard

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  • May 4, 2018 at 3:23 am
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    I really like this, especially because I have an Arcade Stick and I rather use it on my desk rather than my legs.
    The price is maybe not so well but still looks cool and who cares about freaking RGB is FREAKING BLUE MX WITH LIGHTS!!!
    And also helps about what I need, both a good keyboard and a nice space to put my Arcade Stick without moving the keyboard when I want to play one genre, type or such.

    Gonna buy it.

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  • May 9, 2018 at 2:34 am
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    I've used a Freestyle for almost 10 years now, and I have really enjoyed using it – it has saved my wrists from RSI for sure,and it's a GREAT keyboard. I can never go back to a standard keyboard, let alone one that doesn't tilt, it's all about the ability to tent and move those halves anywhere I want! The only thing I ever missed on my old Freestyle was not having mechanical keys. However, even though this new Edge seems the perfect new keyboard, I've decided to go with an Ergodox. If that doesn't work or meet my expectations, I'll probably get an Edge as it's essentially the my old keyboard (which I love) with the mechanical switches (that I've always missed with the old board).

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  • May 9, 2018 at 3:10 am
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    3:25 Linus Tech Country

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  • May 10, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    Do a review of the Keyboardio Model 01! 😀

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  • May 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    Lolololo that keyboard isnt the first splitted key board

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  • June 3, 2018 at 5:01 am
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    Macro is for noobs

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  • June 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm
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    played on this at dreamhack omg was it comfortable!!!!!!!!! idk what switches were in mine but i have reds on my corsair im thinking about getting this

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  • June 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    2 player keyboard

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  • June 8, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    No RGB smh.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 8:15 pm
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    meh, I like something mroe simple. Ill stick to the ornata, very nice and slick goes very well with clean set ups

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  • June 23, 2018 at 5:10 am
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    Man I wish there was a fan with 16 programmable individually addressable RGB LEDs

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  • June 25, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    Keyboard switch

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  • June 30, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Apple used to have one of these.

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  • July 9, 2018 at 1:26 am
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    Lol they used these at dreamhack

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  • July 16, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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    SWEET NOW I CAN GET A MACRO TO TOGGLE MY AIMBOT

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  • July 20, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    Oh god the screen tearing at 3:29 is some of the worst I've ever seen

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  • July 24, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    my dream product.

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  • July 25, 2018 at 10:58 am
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    Considering 'z's and 'y's are flipped on German keyboards and Ctrl(+Alt)+Z is the most important combination within the Adobe Cloud… meh. D:

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  • July 25, 2018 at 5:05 pm
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    I ended up trying out one of these boards and agree, besides the price point and a few other changes I would personally make this my board of choice.

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  • July 30, 2018 at 5:45 pm
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    Any idea wear the number look and print screan key is on kinesis freestyle 2 ?

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  • August 1, 2018 at 2:24 am
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    What I did was I remapped the q key to U left click, L left click, and, O left click so that I could build a one by one in one key Stroke

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  • August 5, 2018 at 4:15 am
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    How am I supposed to play longer when I play 24/7…

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  • August 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm
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    do the $50 key broard from blackweb

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  • August 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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    For that price a better layout (close to normal, but with keys directly above each other because going diagonally is not normal) and removable cables (throwing a piece of kit out because the cable got damaged? Seriously, I hate that!

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  • August 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm
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    "fricken key"

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  • August 12, 2018 at 9:14 am
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    Numpads in sli

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  • August 17, 2018 at 1:45 am
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    You know what it really would be good for? Groove Coaster.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm
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    This will be good for dellor so he can’t break his keyboard

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  • August 23, 2018 at 12:23 am
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    RGB? Yes
    Kinesis? No

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  • August 28, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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    4:50 KinEAsis freestyle edge

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  • August 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    Its bad if ur cs go, and idk some other games where u need mouse its bad

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  • September 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    5:40 DYI some magnets in the inside to snap them together 😉 or doublesided tape thin ones on the outside.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    Did I miss it? Sorry, how much is the lift kit?

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  • September 15, 2018 at 2:15 am
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    Worst keyboard for gaming

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  • September 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    Macros? Taran do a video on it!

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  • September 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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    This is pretty good for left handed

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  • September 23, 2018 at 10:16 am
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    the tilt needs to be 45 degrees, not 15… Ergonomic is at least 45 degrees of hand tilt.

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  • September 24, 2018 at 12:14 pm
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    I can play 24/7 without fatigue. How does one play more?

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  • September 25, 2018 at 1:20 am
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    0:04 I see a Razer Huntsman in my mind’s eye.

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  • September 25, 2018 at 6:47 pm
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    Lost me at the price. Too fucking bad too. Looks amazing

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  • September 30, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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    this is a good keyboard for practicing your left and right hand home

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  • October 2, 2018 at 3:52 am
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    This video is sponsored by Booster Juice.

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  • October 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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    led AD inside noice man liked the attention to detail

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  • October 4, 2018 at 1:11 am
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    Love it, when I play games I can bend my elbow as far as I want.

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  • October 7, 2018 at 3:01 am
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    I have RSI in my hands/wrists/fingers, and to make money to survive, I have to keyboard-smash 7-9 hours a day. Outside of work I love smashing code and shit-posting. Thank you for reviewing this keyboard!!!

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  • October 14, 2018 at 11:03 pm
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    Used this keyboard at dreamhack, honestly one of the best ones out there. 8.5/10

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  • October 14, 2018 at 11:16 pm
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    I have the Kinesis Freestyle 2, Its really nice because I can put the WASD keys a bit tilted, but not have to tilt the entire keyboard. Would definitely recommend!!

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  • October 17, 2018 at 12:48 am
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    Split in half…

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  • October 18, 2018 at 3:29 am
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    My sades was 20 bucks and works great. Doesn't have macros I play black ops so would only need one anyway so no big deal. If I upgraded if I'd go with a razer V2 or chroma. That duel keyboard thing is rain man shit there one keyboard and a mouse is all my brain can handle.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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    *looks down at the IBM Model M he's typing on* ……nah, I'm good.

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  • October 20, 2018 at 10:37 am
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    I heard macro, where’s Taren at?

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  • October 23, 2018 at 10:56 pm
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    Is fornite free

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  • October 31, 2018 at 7:12 am
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    this is dope I like it!!! sub? 🤨

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  • November 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    Great keyboard for split screen

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  • November 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm
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    with this keyboard you can play "Half"-Life!

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  • November 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    costs 179 now

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  • November 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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    Humm, if that were cheaper and had a longer cable; I'd get one just so that I could bolt one half to each of my office chair's arm rests.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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    Brandon wants this keyboard

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  • November 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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    $200.
    NO WAY

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  • November 16, 2018 at 3:49 am
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    The not snapping together issue can be fixed with two neodymium magnets that you epoxy onto them.

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  • November 17, 2018 at 7:13 am
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    I like split keyboards currently use micro wave

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  • November 20, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    The fact we are still making the old dated keyboard design is ludicrous. They are ergonomically terrible.

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  • November 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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    2:28 no you said even not if

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  • November 25, 2018 at 2:14 am
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    why is kinesis the only ones making these awesome keyboards? surely some other company could produce keyboards this good at a MUCH better price

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  • December 14, 2018 at 3:45 am
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    I bought one. All the keys surrounding the alphabet has been arrange in a weird way so it is not suitable for working in an office environment. Ctrl+Y is a pain to press, or any other cross command for that matter. Also, there is no number pad. meaning there is no access to Alt+164 for example. all the funcions keys are moved one space to the left for no meaningfull reason. Also, don´t buy the blue cherry keys. these keys are good when you are single, but you can´t take that keyboard to your work play or work at night if you are married. bluecherry are only good for single-workalone, people. i have heard good things about the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

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  • December 18, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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    My old Steelseries Merch Stealth is dying and I've been shopping for something to replace it. This did catch my eye but that price does seems a bit much if there is no lift kit and it doesn't snap together.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 7:53 pm
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    This would be handy for those with broad shoulders.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Legend has it that this was a perfectly normal keyboard before Linus dropped it.

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  • January 14, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    You review all of these keyboards, but leave out the one made by a Canadian company (the Matias Ergo Pro) – seriously???

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  • January 14, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    It's to have more room for your mousepad for people who are hardcore into fps… how does noone fucking know this lmao

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  • January 24, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    Your editor might need this.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    Yep I’m keeping my razer ornata chroma

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  • February 14, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    If you can take 9 loadouts
    I'd like to hold the loadout key and just press 1-9
    Pressing it 9 times to get back seems dumb

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  • February 17, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    How can you call this a gaming keyboard when the lift kit is obviously made of cheap-ass plastic and WILL break when you slam your fist on your keyboard? Yeah, gonna pay $25 for some bullshit that's going to break in 10 minutes.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    I could just cut my shitty keyboard and done.

    PERFECT

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  • March 17, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    *Taran sweating

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  • April 1, 2019 at 8:37 am
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    i want to have 2~3 keys to activate it like ctrl+3(on numpad) possible macro?

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  • May 10, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    That's the most entertaining keyboard review video I've seen.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    come on man, wtf is a cm?

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  • June 28, 2019 at 4:08 am
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    i love yall so much

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  • July 2, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    This is 90$ now?!!!! Is it still good?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    jeff gerstmann

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  • July 28, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Thanks, Linus, very cool!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    is there a keyboard like this but with a thinkpad-like trackpoint attachment?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    The ‘b’ key will always be in the wrong place for my typing style when it comes to ergonomic keyboards.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    I'm using two full size keyboard and have almost the same result.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    You know… autohotkey allows you to program any keyboard to any series of actions. That is not a feature! It's freaking simple.
    Nice keyboard though.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 7:24 am
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    They made an RGB variant and it was on sale during PAX Prime. So I picked it up. It's a great keyboard and I'm pretty happy with it.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    My opinion cherry switches ruin it

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  • October 1, 2019 at 8:39 pm
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    Those keyboards are great but you could NEVER play a MOBA on them. In DoTA, League, HOTS, etc. the "H" key is used to stop your hero's movement….but its on the other half keyboard! Dafuq!

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  • October 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    1:36 is that a dick joke?

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  • October 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    Should have been wireless.

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