As the market leader in computer ergonomics, Kinesis has been designing
and building premium-grade ergonomic keyboards for more than 25 years.
The new Advantage2 features our patented Contoured keyboardTM
design and low-force mechanical keyswitches to address the major risk
factors associated with keyboarding for maximum comfort. With the
all-new SmartSetTM Programming Engine, Advantage2 features
powerful programming tools designed to let you customize the keyboard to
boost your productivity.
The Advantage2 LF features low-force Cherry MX Red linear mechanical
keyswitches, the rubber function keys (found on the original Advantage)
have been replaced with Cherry ML low-force, tactile mechanical
keyswitches, and our signature home row keys are in the new Kinesis
keywells are scooped into a concave shape to reduce hand and finger
extension. Hands rest in a natural, relaxed position, with the fingers
curled down to the keys. Keycap heights are varied to match the
different lengths of your fingers. The result is less muscle tension and
a shorter reach for keys which increases efficiency and reduces
Separate keywells for each hand
the keywells positions the arms at shoulder-width to keep wrists
straight and perpendicular to the home row. Typing with straight wrists
is essential in avoiding injuries because it reduces abduction and
ulnar deviation which can lead to pain and injury.
Separate thumb keys
The thumb keypad includes often used keys such as Enter, Space,
Backspace, Delete and the combination keys, Control and Alt on the PC
(Command and Option on the Macintosh). This redistributes the workload
away from your relatively weaker and overused little fingers to stronger
thumbs as well eliminating extension for these more distant keys.
20-degrees of tenting
The two keywells are “tented” at an optimal 20 degree angle moderately
raising the thumb side of the hand Tenting puts you in a more neutral,
“handshake” posture and reduces the stresses caused by forearm pronation
and static muscle tension.
Vertical key layout
The keys are arranged in vertical columns (“orthogonally”) to better
reflect the natural motion of your fingers. The staggered keys found on
conventional keyboards are just an artifact of the original typewriter
design and only serve to slow you down. Vertical keys reduce awkward
extension and travel, and they also increase speed, accuracy, and
integrated palm supports reduce stressful bending of the wrists
(extension) and provide a convenient place to rest your hands when you
are not actively typing. Self-adhesive, cushioned palm pads (included)
can be attached for maximum comfort.
Cherry MX (Red) Low-force, linear keyswitches
Advantage2 LF (KB600LF model) utilizes the Cherry MX low-force, linear
key switch (red stem). It is virtually identical to the brown-stem
switch except for the absence of a “tactile peak.” There is a consistent
force throughout the full stroke of the key so there is no tactile
feedback unless the switch bottoms out. Many gamers and heavy typists
prefer the Cherry Red’s due to their “smoother” feel. Since there is no
“peak” or tactile force, the total effort required to reach the
activation force of 45 gm is slightly less than with the tactile (brown
stem) switch. In tens of thousands of keystrokes per hour, those small
differences can add up.
Cherry ML mechanical function keys
Long-time Advantage users will rejoice to learn that we’ve replaced the
mushy, rubber function keys with high-performance Cherry ML switches
that offer the same low-force and tactile properties of the MX Brown.
Advantage2 may look big, but it actually has a smaller footprint than a
traditional keyboard and even many “ergonomic” keyboards because we
eliminated the numeric 10-key. A smaller footprint lets you place the
mouse closer to your body, reducing painful “over-reach”. To satisfy
number crunchers, we embedded a traditional 10-key in the right key
well. We also offer a standalone low-force mechanical keypad which allows you to position it where you want it and move it out of the way when not in use.
Sculpted home row
understand that learning a new keyboard can be difficult. That’s why we
designed custom “cupped” keycaps for the home row to keep you anchored
while typing. And just in case you need a little extra help, we made
them in our iconic Kinesis blue for quick visual reference.
To encourage proper typing form, the
Advantage2 features an optional electronic “click” that sounds right
when a key press is registered. The click trains you not to “bottom-out”
on each key press which reduces unnecessary impacts to your fingers.
The click sound can be deactivated with the touch of a button.