Kinesis 360 USB, Xah Owner Guide

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page shows you how to program the Kinesis 360 keyboard, the USB wired version.

Download Kinesis 360 Manuals, Firmware Update, SmartSet App

the manual is the official info.

LED Light Indicators

there are 6 Indicator LEDs lights.

kinesis 360 LED Indicators 2023-05-10 H6TvX
Caps Lock
current profile

Num Lock
Scroll Lock

base / numpad / fn layers

Left-hand-side, Profile LED Color code:

Right-hand-side, Layer LED Color code:

10 Profiles

A profile is a set of configuration.

Switch Profile

To switch profile, press:

the 🔄 is the SmartSet key, it is located to the left of 6


3 Default Layers.

How to remap key

suppose you want to make the Home key send Ctrl+c

  1. switch to a programable layer. (by press 🔄+1)
  2. press 🔄+ to start record.
  3. press a key or key combination to record it in memory. e.g. press Ctrl+c
  4. now press a physical key that you want it to activate the recorded key. e.g. press Home

How to Record a Key Macro

  1. Hold SmartSet and press . The LEDs will flash rapidly.
  2. Press the trigger key (or key combination). If you use a combination, hold the modifier(s) first, then press the trigger key, then release all keys. The LEDs will now flash slowly.
  3. Type your macro sequence.
  4. When done, press SmartSet to exit Program Macro Mode.

Note: When recording a macro any remapping you have done will be active, but you cannot "daisy chain" or embed one macro within another.

Show Keyboard Status (Firmware Version, etc.)

  1. Open a text editor. (on Microsoft Windows, press win key and type notepad)
  2. Switch to the profile 0, by pressing SmartSet+0
  3. Press SmartSet+Right Shift+Right Ctrl+?
  4. Keyboard status will be inserted as text.
kinesis 360 status 2023-10-23 xqRd
kinesis 360 status 2023-10-23 xqRd

Open Keyboard's V-Drive

Press SmartSet+ (Indicator LEDs will flash blue while the drive is open).

on Microsoft Windows, press ❖ Windows+e to open the folder viewer. You'll see a new USB disk.

kinesis avd360 drive 2023-11-04 bhhmW
kinesis avd360 drive 2023-11-04 bhhmW

Safely Eject V-Drive

kinesis avd360 drive 2023-11-04
kinesis avd360 drive 2023-11-04

Updating SmartSet Engine Firmware

To update the firmware, do:

  1. Download the latest version of Advantage360 SmartSet firmware. it's a zip file.
  2. decompress the zip file.
  3. you have the Advantage360 SmartSet firmware. e.g. Adv360_1.0.9_update.upd
  4. Open the keyboard's v-Drive with the shortcut SmartSet+ (Indicator LEDs will flash blue while the drive is open).
  5. Navigate to the "ADV360" removable drive on your PC and copy the firmware file to the "firmware" subfolder of the v-Drive.
  6. Eject the "ADV360" drive from your PC as you would any flash drive, and then close the v-Drive with the shortcut SmartSet+ (Indicator LEDs will flash green four times).
  7. Install firmware with the shortcut SmartSet+right Ctrl+u (Indicator LEDs will flash green four times, then cycle blue on both modules while the installation is in progress). Note: Installation will take a full 45 seconds so do not unplug the keyboard or type on it during this time).
  8. To confirm the update was successful, simply run a Status Report (SmartSet + Right Shift + Right Ctrl + ? ) and compare version numbers

Note: If you have performed more than one update, you will need to delete earlier firmware files from the v-Drive (or rename them). The firmware installation command will install the first .upd file with update in the name, so if multiple such files reside in the firmware subfolder you may not install the desired file.

xah layout 2023-11-05

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Kinesis Advantage Keyboard