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Kinesis Advantage360 Professional Split Mechanical Keyboard

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My desk is not space constrained such that an additional physical row or two of keys is going to make my workspace unusable. Pressing all four of these is not very comfortable, but the beautiful thing about a Hyper key is you can create custom global shortcuts to apps.

The keys are arranged in vertical columns (rather than staggered) to better reflect the natural motion of fingers when typing. Ended switching to Ultimate Hacking Keyboard and have never been happier - haven't switched the keyboard since - about 4 years now. It's shocking to me how many ergonomic keyboards get the first two wrong -- they're not split, and/or the axes aren't adjustable at all or only one is.Wish their was a Colemak-specific keycap set, but coming from the “regular” hardware keyboard world, I know how rare and expensive that is. ZMK does not support onboard programming so users who rely on that feature may not be satisfied with the Pro.

It’s very subtle but I do think it helps to distinguish those keys, especially as most people tend to stick their utility and meta keys on the outer edges.The build quality remains mostly plastic, and the key switches and caps are serviceable but multitudes of better quality options exist now, and pretty much all the hardware parts are proprietary to Kinesis. Funnily enough, I also found that the difficulty was ramped up when picking the topmost tenting option, but that could be my own comfort. I also wrote a review about it if you're interested: My review of the Moonlander MK1 keyboard I've used the Moonlander for like 6-12 months; However, it wasn't for me, not because of the quality or hardware, but the design didn't work out for my small hands. Second, it literally saves you a whole row of mechanical switches which by itself is a large savings in any board.

Connect wirelessly with up to 5 Bluetooth devices, and ditch the link cable for even more freedom of movement.One of the most significant changes and the number one decision to purchase the Advantage360 was its wireless split design. On the other hand, an under-appreciated benefit of splitting and tenting is that they reduce your ability to lean on the keyboard to compensate for posture issues, and may reduce the tendency to hit keys hard. The thumb clusters include frequently-used keys such as Enter, Space, Backspace, and Delete to redistribute the workload away from your relatively weaker and overused little fingers to stronger thumbs. It’s nice for some people, including me, too have fewer rows of keys because then I have greater confidence in my peripheral vision.

Now to get things up and running, you switch each half on, generally left first as that is the master. Designed to provide maximum comfort and adjustability it offers the ability to split, splay and tent each module for the optimal typing posture. But I don’t care, I’m just so excited for there to be 2 very high quality boards that are really pushing the envelope.The difficulty comes from manufacturing such an oddly-shaped case, and how the printed circuit board (PCB) has to bend to accommodate the concavity. It was not worth the dropped/overly-repeated keypresses over the years (though it was wireless, but not Bluetooth). And use the integrated tenting mechanism to choose from one of three heights to reduce forearm pronation.

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