20 Jun 2022
In early 2021 I saw Lex Fridman on Youtube talking about his Kinesis Advantage being his favourite keyboard, and I was intrigued:
When I saw it I was immediately struck - it does not look good, to say the least, but so unusual (and I love different) and so... obvious.
I usually aim for products with beauty in my life. This one doesn't - but its clear productivity & experience benefits outweighed the design considerations for once.
At that time, I was typing fairly quickly, but in "hunt and peck" style - looking at my keyboard often (most of the time?).
Going for this split keyboard would mean learning touch typing - and I'm always up to learn new skills. So...
Since then, I'm fully touch typing and I feel "connected" with this keyboard. It's a weird feeling. I can't see myself using any other kind of keyboard anymore.
I believe the unique layout of the keyboard also helped me go to 100% touch typing fairly quickly, as it is designed for it - see below.
Kinesis Advantage 2
The Advantage was first introduced in 1992.
what makes it so good
Kinesis Advantage 2 Quick Start Guide
Kinesis Advantage 2 User Manual
Next buy: Kinesis Advantage 360 Pro
Coming out soon.
02 Sep 2022 available for sale in the US only. International to follow later this year or next.
Reseller in Germany: https://ergotrading.com/
29 Sep 2022 will drop in 3 weeks at 712 EUR!! 😅 🤯
04 Oct 2022
5OO EUR ex VAT
+ VAT 113 EUR
Total 712 EUR
469 EUR ex VAT
+ Shipping 10 EUR
+ VAT 91 EUR
Total 570 EUR
Ergowerken (NL) - currently shows out of stock:
461 EUR ex VAT
+ VAT 87 EUR
Total 549 EUR
Quick Start Guide
Kinesis Advantage360 - Quick Start Guide
list of codes
&trans = transparent.
The transparent behavior simply ignores key position presses/releases, so they will be passed down to the next active layer in the stack.
GUI available at https://kinesiscorporation.github.io/Adv360-Pro-GUI
To flash firmware:
- download updated keymap file
- connect via USB
Mod 1to enter bootloader mode on left keyboard. Copy left keymap file.
Mod 3to enter bootloader mode on right keyboard. Copy right keymap file.
My keyboard layout
- inverted left
Shiftkeys (less pinky pain)
Enter(typed a lot and easy to find, at the edge of the thumb clusters)
Homeon left keyboard is
Space(so one on each side)
18 Oct 2022
Slowly regaining typing speed:
|16 Nov 2022||71%|
Official home row keyset:
PBT keycaps are much higher quality than than ABS plastic.
PBT Keycap Set: