The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is an ergonomic split keyboard with a good overall typing experience, although it can take a bit of time to get used to its design. This keyboard features Cherry MX Brown switches, which give you a tactile bump right before the actuation of the key. Unfortunately, although this is an ergonomic keyboard, it doesn't have any tilt settings or a wrist rest, which must be purchased separately at extra cost.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a decent mixed usage keyboard. While it's designed to be an office, ergonomic keyboard, it can still be used for gaming or programming thanks to its Cherry MX Brown switches. It might take some time to get used to the split design, but it feels natural once you are. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with wrist rests or incline settings to make it a great ergonomic keyboard.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a good gaming keyboard as it features Cherry MX Brown switches that have a low actuation force and pre-travel distance. It feels rather responsive but the keycaps might disappoint a few people. You can also only use the left half of the keyboard, which can give you more room for your mouse. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any backlighting and might not be ideal for gaming in a dark room.See our Gaming recommendations
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro isn't designed to work with mobile devices and tablets.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a good office keyboard thanks to its ergonomic design. You can set it up the way you prefer and it provides a great typing quality, although it might take you some time to get used to the split keyboard design. Although it has good ergonomics, it doesn't come with some accessories like wrist rests and incline settings, which need to be purchased separately, at extra cost.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a decent programming keyboard but might take some time getting used to due to its split design. Its Cherry MX Brown switches provide good feedback without being too noisy, which offers an overall great typing quality. However, its keycaps feel a bit cheap and it also doesn't have any backlight. On the upside, it's fully compatible on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
This keyboard is rather large and due to its split design, it can take even more space than a typical keyboard. The maximum length of the cable between both parts is about 20 inches (50.8cm).
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is well-built but feels a bit cheap when using it. The chassis is made from very stiff plastic that feels fairly durable, but the pad printed ABS keycaps feel very cheap and unstable when typing. The cables are also thin; they don't feel very solid and have white markings on them, making them look quite cheap.
This split keyboard has an ergonomic design, but can take some time to get used to. Also, it doesn't have any incline settings or a wrist rest, which is disappointing. The keyboard is tilted to the back, making it quite uncomfortable for the wrists, especially during long periods of typing. You can purchase two wrist rests on Kinesis' website, but they aren't included in the box with the keyboard. If you don't like a split board design, check out the curved Logitech K860.
This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, which is unfortunate and hard to use in low-light situations.
The cables are thin and don't feel very durable. There's also a cable linking both keyboard halves. It's 20 inches long (50.8cm), but the default separation is about 12 inches (30cm). If you want to increase it further, you can open up the cable compartment cover and thread the cable to your desired length.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.
This keyboard has good extra features. You can use the 'fn' key to access the media keys and can program every key inside the software.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro has mechanical Cherry MX Brown switches that have a tactile bump right before their actuation point. There's also a model variant that has MX Silent Red switches.
The Cherry MX Brown switches have a nice tactile bump which gives a general good typing quality and feedback, but the ABS keycaps mixed with the cheap feeling of the board give off an unsatisfactory sound when typing. The alphanumerical keys also seem to be slightly unstable, but this isn't too noticeable and shouldn't impact typing that much.
The typing noise is fairly quiet and shouldn't bother the people surrounding you.
The SmartSet software allows a lot of different key customization. You can have up to nine different profiles and create two layouts per profile, giving you a total of 18 different keybinding options. You can also access the software using the keyboard.
Since the software is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux, you can use the Kinesis Freestyle Pro on pretty much every computer and customize it to your preference. However, since it's not wireless, you won't be able to use it with mobile devices.
There's also a model variant that has MX Silent Red switches, but we tested the one with Cherry MX Brown switches, which provides a tactile bump, but without the clicky noise of blue switches.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is a very different ergonomic keyboard than the Logitech ERGO K860. The K860 features a curved board design while the Freestyle is a fully split keyboard. The K860 features scissor switches, while the Freestyle Pro has Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches. Also, the K860 is a full-size board, while the Kinesis is a TKL 80%. The ERGO K860 is wireless and the Kinesis is wired-only.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is much better than the Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard. The Freestyle is a drastically different keyboard with its split design, which may require some getting used to. Some may find it more comfortable and the Cherry MX Brown switches will surely please those who prefer more tactile feedback. The build quality isn't as good as the K840 and the keycaps are also pad printed; however, this keyboard does have full compatibility with Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The Kinesis Freestyle Pro is significantly better than the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. The Freestyle Pro has a much better build quality, typing experience, and better software support. It also has better compatibility with different operating systems, but the Sculpt Ergonomic is much more comfortable to type on due to its dome design and its reverse incline that relieves pressure on the wrists.