Kinesis is a company known for their ergonomic input device products. They are one of the pioneers in the field, with their first ergonomic keyboard dating back to 1992. Over this time, the company gained a significant number of loyal followers, which mostly are professionals that work long hours using their input devices. The company has not released a very long list of products since its founding, yet each and every one of them has been successful and quite memorable.

A few month ago, Kinesis made a very surprising move and started a crowdfunding campaign for an ergonomic mechanical gaming keyboard. The campaign was a success and, short thereafter, the Kinesis Freestyle Edge was born. The Freestyle Edge is based on the split-board design of the Freestyle series keyboard that the company released back in 2007, which the company has redesigned as a mechanical keyboard and added a great number of new features. As best as we can tell, this appears to be the world’s first ergonomic gaming mechanical keyboard. We are having a thorough look at its features and hands-on performance in this review.

Packaging and Bundle

We received the Kinesis Freestyle Edge in a well-designed cardboard box, the artwork of which is centered on the keyboard and its most prominent features. The company has provided us with the optional Lift Kit as well, which we will examine alongside with the keyboard. Inside the box, we found the keyboard very well protected with layers upon layers of cardboard packaging, plus nylon bags.

Inside the box we found only a very basic user’s guide and two soft palm cushions. The palm cushions are very, very comfortable, but their installation is virtually permanent and, most likely, they will get dirty rather quickly. It will not be very long before a heavy user needs a replacement.

The optional lift kit allows for the keyboard to “tent”. Although the mechanisms are large and mostly plastic (ABS), they are very well made. Their movements are very smooth, and their construction is very solid. Still, they are unlikely to survive excessive mechanical shock, like a rage punch on the keyboard while it is fully elevated. Short-tempered users are advised to steer away from the lift kit (or take anger management lessons).

The Kinesis Freestyle Edge Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
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  • tamalero - Monday, February 05, 2018 - link

    I always find it silly to expend more than 100 USD on a keyboard. Specially for people who work a lot and burn thru keyboards once or twice per year. Reply
  • Chapbass - Monday, February 05, 2018 - link

    I find it silly to spend less on a keyboard and have to keep buying the same thing over and over again because you're wearing them out. I type a ton, and both of my kinesis advantage keyboards are going strong at around 10 years of age. Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, February 05, 2018 - link

    If you're constantly typing wouldn't you want a better keyboard? Not a cheaper one?

    What do I know, I'm just a software developer.
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  • Flunk - Monday, February 05, 2018 - link

    If you're constantly typing wouldn't you want a better keyboard? Not a cheaper one?

    What do I know, I'm just a software developer.
    Reply
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - link

    Don't know what kind of keyboards you're using, but I just replaced a Kinesis Contoured model I'd been using for more than 15 years.

    Yeah, I had to replace parts, a couple times (mostly due to spills), but they're built for that.
    Reply
  • twtech - Monday, February 19, 2018 - link

    How much does carpal tunnel surgery cost these days? Reply
  • timecop1818 - Monday, February 05, 2018 - link

    Getting a bit tired of manufacturers arbitrarily removing keys. while i don't see much value in right side windows key, i use the context menu key many many times a day during normal work. and no, shift f10 is not a viable replacement, you imbeciles. it requires two hands to press and doesn't work with my usual workflow. so these guys can make the most amazing keyboard they want, but no context menu key = no business from me. Reply
  • beebbeeb - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Me uses UK layout, and has made an enquiry with kinesis about producing a UK/EU layout version. Unfortunately kinesis has no plan to do so yet. Me would buy at least two UK layout versions. Reply
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - link

    Are you an lolcat, by any chance? Reply
  • Visual - Thursday, February 08, 2018 - link

    This is completely useless. I can already predict the number of times anyone would press Home when they wanted Backspace will tend to infinity. Enter will have a good amount of near miss cases too, despite its reasonable size, because of not being at the edge. Home/End/PgUp/PgDn are also terrible enough to exclude any editing work with this. And the arrow keys clumped up with the other keys just made their use of the term "gaming keyboard" illegal. Reply

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