Freestyle2 Convertible Keyboard Detailed Specification

Product Summary

The Freestyle2 is one of the most versatile keyboards currently available. The low-profile keyboard is divided into two separate parts or modules connected by an 9" cable, and is dramatically thinner and more portable than the original version. This modular design allows the user to configure the keyboard in an optimal orientation, either by splaying the modules at any angle or by adjusting the distance between the modules up to 9". Different accessory kits can be purchased for additional keyboard configurations, including tenting the modules at set angles of elevation. Models available are the standard Freestyle2 with a 9 inch separation cable and also a model with a 20" separation cable. 

ACCESSORY KITS 

The VIP3 Accessory Kit for the Freestyle2 allows the user to create adjustable lateral sloping or tenting of the keyboard modules at 5°, 10° or 15°. Palm supports are included with this kit and must be in place in order to use the tenting mechanism. If you want a tenting mechanism without integrated palm supports, choose the V3 Accessory Kit, which offers tenting of 5°, 10° and 15°, since it is not possible to use palm supports with the V3. 

The more specialized Ascent Accessory Kit provides two multi-angle tenting modules which attach to the underside of the keyboard's two keying modules. A linking plate may be used to connect the two tenting modules if desired. Tenting angles may be independently set for each tenting module in the range of 20° to 90°, in 10° increments. Left or right separation is limited only by the length of the keyboard's linking cable. The standard 9" separation cable may work for some users, but the 20" linking cable is generally recommended for greater flexibility. 

If you require a discrete numeric keypad, we recommend the Low Force Tactile Numeric Keypad by Kinesis (AC210USB-BLK), with built in USB 2 port hub. For more information see our Keypads category. 

 

Ergonomic Benefits

Ultra Thin Design - The Freestyle2 has a dramatically thinner design than most ergonomic keyboards, including the original Freestyle Solo, at only 7/8" thickness. This thinner design makes the Freestyle2 highly portable and helps reduce wrist extension.

Separation - Up to 9" of complete separation of both left and right keyboard modules. Perfect for individuals requiring greater separation than that provided by other ergonomic keyboards.

Splay - The two keyboard halves can be connected together by attaching the included flexible pivot tether, allowing an infinite range of splay. Newly designed for the Freestyle2, simple slide release buttons allow the attachment or removal of the pivot tether.

Tenting - With the Ascent accessory, tenting is 20° to 90° at 10° intervals. With the VIP3 and V3 accessories, tenting angles of 5°, 10° and 15° can be achieved.

Profile - Most keyboards, even ergonomic models, have a 10° positive slope from the back edge to the front edge. These designs tend to bend your wrists and can cause discomfort. The Freestyle2 has a sleek, low profile design with 0° slope that minimizes the height, effectively creating a negative slope and reducing wrist extension.

Footprint - At only 15.375" wide, the Freestyle2 provides for close placement of any pointing device, keeping you in your comfort zone and reducing any discomfort that may be caused by overreaching.

Atlas Ergonomics White Paper - This white paper provides a complete overview of an intensive five-month study conducted by Atlas Ergonomics that reviewed the impact of the Freestyle keyboard’s unique split design on posture, comfort, and performance among approximately 80 software manufacturing employees. The study focused on the positions of the hands and upper extremities during keyboard use.

Here are the highlights:

  • 92% of participants used the Freestyle in a totally split configuration as opposed to splayed (i.e. both modules connected together)
  • The Freestyle benefits a wide range of body types.  The degree of ulnar deviation was reduced across all BMI levels and body types.  The data clearly shows a dramatic effect for participants of all sizes (percent improvement:  41-78% left hand; 72-81% right hand)
  • There was no loss of performance measured for participants throughout the length of the study
  • At the end of the study 96% of participants preferred the Freestyle over their previous keyboard 

Features

  • Ultra Thin Design: The Freestyle2 has a dramatically thinner design than most ergonomic keyboards, including the original Freestyle Solo, at only 7/8" thickness. This thinner design makes the Freestyle2 highly portable and helps reduce wrist extension.
  • Narrow Foot Print for Comfortable Mousing and Keying: At only 15.375" wide the Freestyle2 provides for close placement of any pointing device reducing over reach issues.
  • Accommodates a Wide Range of Humans: From small to tall and body types in between, the Freestyle2 allows for maximum flexibility catering to each individual's unique needs.
  • Sleek, ultra- low profile design: Most keyboards including ergonomic models have a 10° positive slope from front to back. These designs tend to bend your wrists. The Freestyle2 has a 0° slope which minimizes the height, effectively creating negative slope and reducing wrist extension.
  • Adjustable/Separated Keyboard: The Freestyle2 is a separated keyboard joined by an 9" (or 20") cable, allowing you to separate the two halves of the keyboard up to 9" (or 20"). The separated halves can also be joined together with a pivot tether, allowing the keyboard to be splayed at the joint.
  • VIP3 Accessory: You can add the optional VIP3 accessory to the Freestyle2 to create tenting of the keyboard halves by 5°, 10° or 15°. The VIP3 accessory also includes detachable wrist supports with replaceable palm pads. Although the palm supports can be used alone without the VIP3's tenting mechanism, they must be attached when using the VIP3's tenting mechanism.
  • Ascent Accessory: You can add the optional Ascent accessory to the Freestyle2 to create tenting of the keyboard halves by 20° to 90° (in 10° increments). The Ascent accessory can also be used with the optional palm supports, particularly at angles 20°, 30° and 40°.
  • V3 Accessory: You can add the optional V3 accessory to the Freestyle2 to create tenting of the keyboard halves by 5°, 10° or 15°. The V3 accessory cannot be used with the palm supports.
  • Palm Supports: Palm supports come as part of the VIP3 accessory or can be added as an accessory by themselves. They cannot, however, be used when using the V3 accessory. Therefore, if you want both palm supports and tenting, get the VIP3 accessory; if you want just tenting and no palm supports, get the V3 accessory; if you want just the palm supports, get the palm supports only. You also have the option of adding palm pads to your palm supports accessory for extra comfort.
  • Hot Keys: Driverless hot keys are provided for commonly used mouse actions: Internet Forward, Back, Undo, Web Home, Cut, Copy and Paste. In addition, the FN and Application keys have switched positions on the Freestyle2 due to customer feedback. (A new vertical rib has also been added to the inside row of the hotkeys to provide tactile notification to the user.)
  • Double-wide Keys: The keyboard employs double-wide Delete and Escape keys, providing an easier target for your fingers to press. On the bottom edge of the Delete key, a new horizontal rib has been added for tactile notification to the user, which also helps distinguish the Delete and Back Space keys.
  • Pivot Tether: Both modules can be connected together by attaching the included the flexible pivot tether allowing an infinite range of splay.
  • Slide Release Button: Each keyboard module incorporates a slide release button that allows the attachment of the pivot tether.
  • Familiar Key Layout: Familiar key layout provides for minimal adaptation time.
  • Quiet, Tactile Key Switches: The Freestyle2 utilizes a quiet, low-force, tactile membrane key switch. Rated at 10 million actuations the Freestyle2 will provide years of comfortable typing. With the typical average maximum key force of a switch at 45 grams, the low-force keys of the Freestyle2 require at least 25% less force than most traditional and many ergonomic keyboards (with maximum key forces of over 60 grams in some cases).
  • Embedded Numeric Keypad: The compact design of the Freestyle2 eliminates the traditional numeric keypad on the right-hand side of the keyboard. In its place, the right half of the keyboard contains an embedded numeric keypad, giving you full access to a numeric keypad when needed (Here are instructions on how to activate the embedded numeric keypad). Simply press the "Fn" key to toggle between the embedded 10 number-key (when Num Lock is on) and the navigation keys (When Num Lock is off). If preferred, an optional low-force keypad for intensive number crunchers is available.
  • Volume Control and Calculator Keys: Embedded Volume Up, Down, Mute and Calculator keys.

 

Specifications

 

  • Width: 15.375" (39.0 cm)
  • Depth (front-to-back): 7.25" (18.4 cm) (10.0" [25.4 cm] with palm supports)
  • Height: 0.875" (2.2 cm)
  • Weight: 1.95 lbs (885 grams)
  • Keyswitch type: High quality quiet tactile membrane
  • Keyswitch Rating: 10 million actuations
  • Number of keys: 94
  • Key Pitch: 0.75" (1.9 cm)
  • Cable length: 9" or 20" (15.2 cm or 50.8 cm)
  • Interface: USB only
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Key activation force: 44 grams
  • Compatibility: All versions of Windows including Windows 8 (32 & 64)