Kinesis 360 Keyboard

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Kinesis 360 is the next generation of the Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard. Kinesis 360 is announced in 2021 and shipping began in 2022-09.

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kinesis 360 20230510 ZyJHw

Kinesis 360 Versions

There are two versions:

Difference Between Kinesis 360 USB vs Kinesis 360 Pro

They are physically the same, but are completely different in their software setup and key-remap features.

Kinesis 360 vs Kinesis 360 pro
Kinesis 360 Kinesis 360 pro
connectionUSB wiredBluetooth
firmwareSmartSetZMK
programing keys • on-the-fly remap
• on-the-fly macro
• graphical user interface app • easy to use
• website configurator
• powerful open source ZMK firmware
• harder to use.
backlightnoYes ✅
miscsupport kinesis foot pedal

The version reviewed here is the 360 USB.

Video Review

Xah Talk Show 2023-05-09 Kinesis Advantage 360 Unboxing
Xah Talk Show 2023-10-21 Kinesis 360 Keyboard, Ergonomic Keyboard History

USB Ports

Comes with two cables.

Each module has 2 USB-C ports at the back.

The linking cable connects to the two ports in middle. The main cable connects to the right module.

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kinesis 360 connect usb 2023-05-10 gY5v7
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kinesis 360 usb ports 20230510 YZw5Z

Dish Surface of Keys

The keys form a concave dish surface, so that your fingers dip in on it.

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kinesis 360 curve 20230510 sJ6PC
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kinesis 360 20230510 104924924
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each key column has different height adopting to different finger length.

Thumb Keys

Most frequently used keys are at the thumb area. Thumb is the most muscular and flexible finger.

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kinesis 360 thumb keys
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kinesis 360 20230510 105044865

Key Switches

The keyboard comes with choice of

Optionally, you can choose other switches, by shopping for the “Advantage360 Signature Series” on their website. Essentially it's built-to-order.

Keycaps

Included extra keycaps.

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kinesis 360 20230510 105416508

Adjustable Tenting

The keyboard can be tented in 3 levels.

Metal prop stand at the back, has 3 levels of rachet-like mechanism. Press the button at the bottom to release the lock, then you can raise the metal stand 2 more levels higher, in total of 3 height adjustments.

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kinesis 360 metal stand 20230510
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left module tented to max, right module at lowest.
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kinesis 360 highest tenting 20230510 cgVWs

Fixed Configuration

included is a plastic snap-on bar that holds the two modules together for a fixed configuration.

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kinesis 360 20230510 105557450

Magnetic, Detachable Palm Rest

(sold separately.)

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Magnetically attachable palm rest
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kinesis 360 20230510 9DfSJ

Profiles and Layers

A profile is a set of configuration.

By default, there are 3 layers: base, number pad, and fn layer. You can program more layers.

you can program the keyboard layout to Dvorak or Colemak [see Ergonomic Keyboard Layouts]

[see Kinesis 360 USB, Xah Owner Guide]

On-The-Fly Key Remap and Macro (Driverless Programable Keys)

No need to install or launch any software.

[see Kinesis 360 USB, Xah Owner Guide]

SmartSet App

SmartSet App is a software with graphical user interface to program the keys. Available for Microsoft Windows and Mac. You download it from their website.

The user interface is pretty good.

The programability is fairly extensive.

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SmartSet 2023-05-10 194116

More Photos

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kinesis 360 20230510 H3rX2
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kinesis 360 20230510 104125208
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kinesis 360 20230510 104132073
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kinesis 360 20230510 2Jb2c

Design Advantages

The curved surface and thumb for modifier keys are great design. I've been using Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard for 7 years.

for why, see

Mac, Linux Support

How long does it take to get used to?

About 3 weeks. But if you have used grid layout before, you get used to right away. (grid layout means the key columns are straight lines.)

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Difference Between Kinesis Advantage2 vs Kinesis 360

The new features in Kinesis 360 are:

Conclusion

I have been using the previous version the Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard for over 6 years.

This improves several aspects of the previous version.

Other Good Parts

Bad Parts

Where to Buy

Kinesis Advantage Keyboard

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