Gaming: The Kinesis RGB Review

Kinesis offers probably the most inventive consoles ever to beauty a work area. The organization's laser-center around ergonomics takes their plans to some proudly abnormal spots. Their Kinesis Gaming brand inclines hard into ergonomics too, and the new $219 Freestyle Edge RGB (See it on the Kinesis site) is for gamers hoping to fight off dreary strain damage (RSI) with an agreeable and adaptable two-piece gaming console.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB - Design and Features

The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB is an update to the organization's more seasoned Freestyle Edge, including (as the name recommends) per-key 16.8 million shading RGB lighting (and a bunch of different improvements). Be that as it may, before we get to the majority of that, we should get this off the beaten path in advance: If you're inexperienced with part consoles, well, it's part. Into two parts. Directly down the center.

The thought here depends on sound physiological research that has been around since the Great Depression. Conventional consoles strain your wrists by driving you to keep your hands parallel when you type. A split console gives you a chance to orchestrate the two parts anyway you like – you can move them separated and turn them at a point, which is a remedy to RSI.

The Freestyle Edge RGB looks strange in light of the split, yet at its center, it's a tenkeyless console with a course of action that walks to the sound of its own drummer. The left side (which I'll allude to as the QWERT half) is fixed with the "Game Bank," which highlights nine keys that touch base as a clear slate where you can store exceptional keys and macros, or to remap significant keys from the other half. (The Game Bank additionally houses the lighting switch and Function key.)

The eastern side of the board (YUIOP) has an odd course of action of route keys like Home, PageUp, PageDn, and bolt enters in a kind of turn around L game plan on the extreme right that acts as a burden in case you're hoping to discover the Enter key at the edge.

There are two separate Function keys with unmistakable purposes, and keeping in mind that that may from the outset appear to be odd, it bodes well. The Function key on the QWERT side is the universally useful Function key that gives you access to macros and remappings wherever on the console. It likewise controls F1 through F6, which pairs as media controls. On the YUIOP side, the Function key appears as an uncommon Kinesis "gear" catch that actuates the extraordinary elements of F7 through F12 – these are on the whole one of a kind to the console, such as mounting the virtual drive (more on that later), flipping n-key rollover (you get 6-key rollover of course), and Game Mode, which debilitates the Windows key.

To wrap things up, you'll discover the programming group – four keys for evolving profiles, altering macros, and remapping keys – high on the correct side.

At the point when pushed together to copy a normal console, the Freestyle Edge RGB ranges about 15.5 inches wide (just somewhat littler than a run of the mill full-size console), obviously the intrigue here is that you can position the two parts any place you like. A meshed link considers up to 12 creeps of division, yet there's another eight inches tucked into an advantageous cubby on the base, on the off chance that you truly need to set them 20 inches separated. The USB link is additionally interlaced, incidentally – a decent touch. It looks worked to last.

Kinesis prepares the Freestyle Edge RGB with Cherry MX switches.


Think about what the console doesn't have any of? On the off chance that you speculated "feet," you win. Out of the crate, it lies totally level, which scarcely appears to be very consequently. (In spite of the fact that it has a liberally cushioned wrist rest, which I adore). To get feet, you have to purchase the discretionary $25 Lift Kit, which snaps into the base of the console and gives you "a chance to tent" the two parts at 5, 10, or 15 degrees. A for all intents and purposes fundamental buy, doubtlessly that the Lift Kit ought to be standard gear. The console feels excessively level without it, and it just takes a couple of minutes with the rose console to realize this is the manner by which god expected you to type.

Kinesis prepares the Freestyle Edge RGB with Cherry MX switches. You can browse Red, Brown, and Blue assortments (Cherry MX Red is the thing that I tried, and is commonly favored for gaming on account of its direct reaction. Blue is clickier, and numerous typists lean toward Brown for the material input.) And as you can figure from the name, the keys, obviously, are full RGB – an update from the more seasoned Freestyle Edge that just offered blue enlightenment. Regardless of which shading profile you pick, the letters enlighten freshly, and the base gleams under and around the keycaps.

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB – Software

This is the place things get somewhat strange. The control board for the console – named SmartSet – is a lightweight, driverless application that you can keep running from anyplace on your PC (there's likewise a Mac form). However, to make it work, you press a key combo that mounts the console as a virtual drive, where every one of the progressions are spared. It's straightforward enough, however the procedure takes some becoming accustomed to.

You can likewise dole out dependent upon three macros to any key with the utilization of modifiers, with up to 100 large scale for every profile.


Regardless, it's excessively versatile – since every one of the profiles are put away on the console, you can take it anyplace, plug it into a PC, and you're prepared to shake and roll. Furthermore, you get a great deal of customization. You can make up to nine totally various formats, with two layers (a top layer and Function layer) for each.

And keeping in mind that you can make macros and remap keys on the fly with the console alone, it's significantly simpler to dispatch SmartSet. Remapping is simple; simply click the key you need to change in the on-screen guide and afterward press the key you need to reassign it to. There's additionally a suite of unique activities that incorporate mouse clicks, media controls, etc. You can even tie a full keypad to the Function layer on either side of the console, however good karma discovering it when you need it – thank god you can allot uncommon lighting on a for each key premise to help concealed formats stick out.

You can likewise appoint up to three macros to any key with the utilization of modifiers, with up to 100 macros for each profile. You get the chance to indicate the playback speed (up to 250 activities for each second) and number of rehashes while the key is held down. The application even incorporates a quite helpful large scale editorial manager, with triggers, modifiers, mouse clicks, and even duplicate and glue controls only a tick away.

Out of the container, every one of the nine profiles get their very own unmistakable shading topic (so you can tell initially which profile is dynamic) yet you can apply ten impacts or set diverse lighting impacts to individual keys. The application incorporates presets for key zones, so you can relegate lighting to the WASD keys, work push, bolt keys, and different groupings with a tick.

With such a great amount of customization here, it is incredible to have the option to rename the profiles inside SmartSet. Yet, no euphoria on that front, so you'll have to recollect which numbered profile you worked for which game. (Or on the other hand which profile you changed over to the Dvorak format, which is something different you can do on the off chance that you abhor yourself.)

Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB – Gaming

Back in the prime of PDAs, I attempted each sort of console comprehensible – split consoles, laser projections, and contraptions that folded over your lower arm. In any case, I have consistently had an extraordinary affection for part consoles, so I found that it was too simple to begin to look all starry eyed at the Freestyle Edge RGB. Following a couple of long stretches of becoming accustomed to the split structure factor with the two sides pushed together for routine composing, I began facilitating them separated and calculating them for better ergonomics. Kinesis prompts that you relax from the start – don't separate the parts and tent them at 15 degrees on the very first moment, or you'll get disappointed.

For gaming, I feel that one of the Freestyle Edge's most noteworthy points of interest is having the option to play with simply the QWERT side of the console, so I was on edge to give moving the YUIOP a large portion of a shot of the way and plunge into a game.

I spun up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (just as Fortnite and Planetary Annihilation: Titans) with this course of action, and cherished the feeling of promptness. My correct hand didn't need to be right finished… there… to move the mouse. The basic gaming keys were correct where I required them under my left hand, and after some training, I truly delighted in having significant game keys bound to the Game Bank. This is gaming happiness – you don't understand that it is so agreeable to have the mouse so close to the WASD keys until you attempt it.

This console would be wonderful for flight sims.


I don't have a flight stick any longer, however this console would be amazing for flight sims too – you can space the parts and put a joystick between them. My solitary grumbling? I wish the link interfacing the console parts had a distinction, so on the off chance that you truly needn't bother with the YUIOP half, you could simply unplug it and place it in a corner. The way things are, that other half needs to go some place, jumbling your work area.

All that stated, I would prefer not to sweeten up this: on the off chance that you separate the console parts and tent, at that point in excess of five degrees, there's an impressive expectation to learn and adapt. In any case, it's justified, despite all the trouble. I found that rose at five degrees with a few crawls of partition was the most open to composing knowledge of my life. Furthermore, gaming with the mouse rammed into the QWERT half – rose at 10 degrees, all the while felt characteristic, agreeable, and some way or another like I was Wash steering Serenity.

Buying Guide

The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB has a MSRP of $219 and it's a similar cost on the organization's site. In the event that you go to an e-posterior it is likely going to be amazingly costly.


In case you're willing to invest the energy to acclimate to the Freestyle Edge RGB, it will convey one of the most agreeable and sound console encounters you've at any point had. It's sort of expensive, and there are a couple of minor inconveniences.

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