Yesterday, Kinesis introduced the Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue for PC and Mac.
The Freestyle2 is a split, 2-piece ergonomic keyboard, much like the newer ErgoDox keyboard. However, unlike the mechanical ErgoDox, the Freestyle2 uses low-force rubber dome switches.
The Freestyle2 Blue is the same keyboard as the Freestyle2 but uses Bluetooth 3.0 instead of USB. It features “multichannel” support, allowing you to reroute keyboard input between three different Bluetooth devices with the press of a button. Receive a text on your phone while typing? Just tap the button, and use the Freestyle2 Blue to compose a text on your phone. Tap the button again to switch back to your computer.
The keyboard has a built-in rechargeable battery, and Kinesis claims that a single charge “should exceed six months of use with 2 hours of typing per day.” If you type 8 hours a day, that means you can expect to recharge the Freestyle2 Blue every 1.5 months or so.
The Freestyle2 Blue is priced at $119 MSRP, but is currently available on Amazon for $107 (9″ separation cable). If you need a longer cable, you can order a 20″ version directly from Kinesis for $139. If you want to tent (slope) the keyboard for use at a more ergonomically pleasing angle, you’ll need to shell out extra for one of the accessory packages:
I’ll note that the Freestyle2 is my all-time favorite rubber dome keyboard–take a look at my Freestyle2 typing test–it feels as nice as it sounds.
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