Kinesis is a company known for its ergonomic input device products. They are one of the pioneers in the field, with their first ergonomic keyboard from 1992. During this time, the company has gained a significant number of loyal followers, many of whom are professionals who work long hours using their input tools. The company has not released a very long list of products since its inception, but each and everything is successful and quite memorable.
A few months ago, Kinesis took a very surprising step and started a crowdfunding campaign for an ergonomic mechanical gaming keyboard. The campaign was a success and, after that, Kinesis Freestyle Edge was born. Edge Freestyle is based on a separate board design from a Freestyle series keyboard that the company launched in 2007, whose company has been redesigned as a mechanical keyboard and adds a large number of new features. As good as we know, this seems to be the world's first ergonomic gaming mechanical keyboard. We see thoroughly the features and direct performance in this review.
Packaging and Gaming Keyboard Bundle
We received Kinesis Freestyle Edge in well-designed cardboard boxes, keyboard-centered artwork and the most prominent features. The company has given us an optional Lift Kit as well, which we will check together with the keyboard. Inside the box, we found a well-protected keyboard with layers of cardboard, plus a nylon bag.
Inside the box we found only a very basic user guide and two soft palm pillows. The palm pillow is very, very comfortable, but the installation is almost permanent and will most likely get dirty quickly. It will not be long before a heavy user needs a replacement.
Optional lift kit allows keyboard to be "tent". Although the mechanism is large and most plastics (ABS), they are very well made. Their movement is very smooth, and their construction is very solid. However, they are unlikely to experience excessive mechanical shock, such as an angry blow to the keyboard when it is fully raised. Irate users are advised to stay away from lift kits (or take anger management lessons).