DESIGN AND FEATURES
The Zergotech Freedom has a lot to offer. Explore what makes this keyboard unique.
How are we different? What's behind the Freedom that makes it so effective and easy to use?
Our mission was to develop a keyboard that was ergonomic, mechanical, familiar and unintimidating, and stylish. It is designed for the serious typists who seek a healthy and enjoyable typing experience.
In all design considerations, we put ergonomics first. From the best materials for near frictionless sliding palm rests, the size of the slider bays, the optimal angles and number of positions for the keyboard, and the layout of the keys for symmetry of reach.
Read what makes the Freedom the most enjoyable and ergonomic mechanical keyboard available.
Sliding Palm Rests
Simple yet effective, our Sliding Palm Rests form the core of our design. The freedom to hover your hands around the keyboard eliminates any awkward hand movements that are the main source of RSI and typing related pain.
The room provided in the slider bay allows the Sliding Palm Rests to move your hands to a more comfortable position giving your fingers enough room to strike any key without over stretching on higher rows or uncomfortably compressing your fingers on lower rows.
A joy to use, these sliders will make you want to type!
The Freedom in action. Palms and wrists remain aligned with your forearms as your fingers roam free.
Any and all directions. No key too far. Cushioned with a premium gel pad and protected with synthetic leather, you have not experienced a more comfortable palm rest.
Fixed Palm Rests
The Freedom comes with an optional set of Fixed Palm Rest inserts for your preferred choice. The fixed palm rests and sliding palm rests are interchangeable with one another giving you the option of swapping them anytime.
With the fixed palm rests the Zergotech Freedom is still one of the most ergonomic keyboard in it's own right. The alignment and locations of the keys, along with the key layouts provide many ergonomic benefits. The sliding palm rests maximise these benefits dramatically.
Fixed Palm Rests are provided as an alternative to the Sliding Palm Rests. They are designed to fit snuggly inside the slider bay. They are removable and interchangeable with the Sliders at any time.
The Sliding Palm Rests are given plenty of room for movement in the slider bay. Swap these for the Fixed Palm Rests at any time.
We promise a minimal learning curve with our design registered semi-orthogonal design. You will be surprised by such an easy and familiar typing experience.
The semi-orthogonal layout was designed for optimal ergonomic benefits while providing the familiar typing layout you've come to learn with standard keyboard layouts.
Why an offset ZXCV row?
Both the home ASDF and bottom ZXCV rows already have symmetrical finger reach to each of their keys. The ZXCV row is evenly offset to the home ASDF row. So we've kept their original positions allowing you to type like you are used to.
As for the QWER and 1234 rows?
On standard keyboards, the rows above the home row are not evenly offset to the keys below, which creates an asymmetry of reach for your fingers. You have under-reach for your left fingers, and over-reach for your right fingers. So we've aligned these by pushing the rows to the right. It just feels right.
Other ergonomic keyboards seek to resolve this issue by providing a completely vertical alignment of keys. This is a very intimidating and alien approach to keyboard layouts which many standard users find off-putting. The Zergotech Freedom achieves the same optimal ergonomic benefits while simultaneously keeping the familiar typing format users are accustomed to.
The Zergotech Freedom's semi-orthogonal design only aligns the rows that are asymmetrical, while keeping already symmetrical rows unchanged.
The standard keyboard has all rows asymmetrically offset to the left. This is in addition to a distant F row, and short spacebar row. The short spacebar row requires the thumb to be unnecessarily brought closer to the palm for extra reach for striking the keys.
The Freedom keyboard makes only limited changes. The home ASDF row, and bottom ZXCV row, key positions remain unchanged. By using the home row as the reference, the bottom row is already symmetrically offset for finger reach. The top numerical row and QWER row have been vertically aligned for symmetry of reach, while the F row has been brought closer for ease of reach. The bottom spacebar has also been made taller for easy striking of the thumb.
positions and angles
Assessments of desktop seated positions combined with study of natural wrist and arm angles shows that there is no single position that would satisfy every user. Each user has a unique set of physiological characteristics and desktop configuration. We designed the Freedom to have an optimal set of angles in its default position, including tenting, rotation, and incline.
With four extendable feet, the Freedom accommodates any desktop setup, while the split design allows for any angle and any distance for a complete solution for your ergonomic needs. We overcame a geometrical challenge to get the keyboard to balance with the below positions.
The default tenting angle is 5° away from centre. This ensures that at no time will your hands be completely pronated. By default, the Freedom is at a comfortable angle.
A more aggressive tented angle completely removes any pronation of your forearms and wrists.
For users who sit lower relative to the desk, the Freedom provides an incline such that the keyboard meets your forearms at a naturally aligned angle.
For users who seek the ultimate in ergonomic positions, a split keyboard at a distance to should width is a feature of the Freedom. By widening the distance of the two boards, you can open your chest, straighten your back, and align your forearms and wrists at the same. The inclined and declined angles remain an option in this split configuration.