X-keys

Models # XF-10-US-R, XF-09-PS2-R, XKS-79-USB-R, XKS-80-PS2-R, XD-293-USB-R, XD-03-USB-R, XD-02-PS2-R, XP-05-USB-R, XP-04-PS2-R, XK-239-WO-R, XPJ-06-USB-R, XPJ-06-USB-R, XSI-38-US-R

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Product Description

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X-keys programmable keypads place anything from keyboard shortcuts to names and addresses at your fingertips. Instant recording of your typing turns multiple keystrokes into a single touch. Different products include:

Ergonomic Benefits

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X-keys Stick on keyboard

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X-keys Stick on monitor

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X-keys Desktop (blank legends)

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X-keys Professional

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X-keys Jog and Shuttle Pro

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X-keys Joystick

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X-keys USB Switch Interface

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X-keys Foot Pedal

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X-keys Desktop (preprinted legends)

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X-keys clear keycaps with pre-cut legends

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Features

Whether you are a graphic designer, an architect, a web manager, or a two-finger typist, proficiency in your software requires rapid input. Keyboard macros and hotkeys offer the shortest path to action, and the X-keys provides a clearly labeled, physical location for these complex or redundant functions so you don't have to think about them. The X-keys lets you focus on the project instead of the process.

X-keys General Features

X-keys Stick

X-keys Desktop

X-keys Professional

X-keys 84 Key Keyboard

X-keys Jog and Shuttle Pro

X-keys Joystick Pro (Controller)

X-keys USB Switch Interface

X-keys Foot Pedal

Software Mode vs Hardware Mode

When programming your X-Keys device, it is extremely important to decide whether you wish to program in Software Mode or Hardware Mode. In Software Mode, all programming of the keys is stored in your computer in MacroWorks files and requires MacroWorks II software. If you move your device to another computer without MacroWorks II installed, it will not work. You will need to install it again on another computer and either copy your original programmed file to that computer or reprogram the device. When programming in Software Mode, sliding the programming switch on the device to the 'on' position does not program the device in Hardware Mode but is part of programming in Software Mode.

If you wish to store your programmed keys in the device itself, you will need to program in Hardware Mode. This will ensure that your device can be used on other machines without having to install MacroWorks II or do any reprogramming. To do this, first determine what edition of X-Keys you have. There are two applications available on the manufacturer's website for converting an X-keys to Hardware Mode.  X-keys Macro Recorder is compatible with X-keys devices with SE firmware or earlier, on Windows 2000 or XP (not Vista).  X-keys Hardware Mode Programming Utility is compatible with X-keys devices with MWII firmware on Windows 2000, XP, or Vista. 

Check the label on the back of your X-keys device.  If it says “X-keys SE” or just “X-keys” it is compatible with Macro Recorder.  If the label says “X-keys MWII”, it is compatible with the X-keys Hardware Mode Programming Utility.

Specifications

Regular X-keys Comparison Table

Specification
X-keys Foot Pedal
X-keys Stick
X-keys Desktop
X-keys Professional
X-keys 84 Key
Connection type
USB or PS/2 USB only
Width
7.5" 14.25" 4.25" 8.0" 10.2"
Height
1.75" 0.625" 1.0" 1.0" 1.8"
Depth
5.5" 0.875" 7.0" 9.0" 7.5"
Weight
32 oz (900 g) 6.75 oz (0.42 lbs) 9.25 oz (260 g) 17.5 oz (620 g) 2.2 lbs (1 Kg)
Cord length
USB model: 90"; PS/2 model: 120" USB model: 55"; PS/2 model: 74" USB model: 52"; PS/2 model: 72" 126"
Hardware system
USB model: Any architecture supporting USB, including Sun, SGI, and HP workstations; PS/2 model: Any architecture with AT or PS/2 keyboard port, using scan codes 2 or 3. Any architecture supporting USB, including Sun, SGI, and HP workstations;
Software
USB model: Requires Macro Works Software (included) or I-Key for Mac OS-X; PS/2 model: No drivers or special applications required. Requires Macro Works Software (included) or I-Key for Mac OS-X
Operating Systems
Programming requires MacroWorks II software for Windows 2000, XP & Vista (USB only).
Operates on any OS supporting USB including Unix, Sun and Mac OS-X (USB only)

Memory capacity

(PS/2 only)

Each pedal is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 1060 additional keystrokes is available to any pedal that requires additional characters Each key is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 1000 additional keystrokes is available to any keys that require additional characters. Each key is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 990 additional keystrokes is available to any keys that require aditional characters Each key is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 900 additional keystrokes is available to any keys that require additional characters not applicable

Memory capacity

(Memory Resident Mode - USB only)

Each key is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 1000 additional keystrokes is available to any keys that require additional characters
Memory type
EEPROM, non volatile memory (X-Keys retains memory for over 200 years)
Switch type
Mechanical type switch -- activates with approx. 2 lbs (1 kg) force

Cherry type MX mechanical switch, 19 mm on center; low travel (not suitable for keycap accessories)

Cherry type MX mechanical switch, 19 mm on center; silent tactile feel
Number of keys
3 pedals - 4 programmable keys (with one key programmed to toggle)

16 single keys; 30 programmable keys with second layer (with one key programmed to toggle)

20 single keys - with second layer: 38 programmable keys (with one key programmed to toggle)

58 single keys - with second layer: 114 programmable keys (with one key programmed to toggle) 84 programmable keys
Number of layers
2 layers, user selectable toggle and / or shift keys 1 layer only
Keycap type
not applicable 16 mm square with removable clear caps for easy labeling
Power consumption
Less than 15 ma @ 5 vcd (plus the power used by the external keyboard for PS/2 models) Low power device. With Backlighting Off: Less than 25 ma @ 5 vdc; with Backlighting On: Less than 45 ma @ 5 vdc Less than 15 ma @ 5 vcd (plus the power used by the external keyboard for PS/2 models) Low power USB device -- with back-lighting off: less than 15 ma @ 5 vdc
-- with back-lighting on highest setting: less than 90 ma @ 5 vdc
Power source

Nominal voltage = 5 vcd

(PS/2 model - keyboard port power; USB model - USB port)

USB port, nominal voltage = 5 vdc

Specialty X-keys Comparison Table

Specification
X-keys Jog and Shuttle Pro
X-keys Joystick Pro (Controller)
X-keys Switch Interface
Connection type
USB only USB and/or DB25 connector. The X-keys USB Switch Interface has a DB25 connector on the back panel which serves as an alternative connection to the 12 ports. If both the ports and the DB25 connector are used, the switches are in parallel. If either switch is pressed, the programmed macro will be fired.
Width
8.0" 4.5"
Height
1.0" 3.125"
Depth
9.0" 1.25"
Weight
17.5 oz (620 g) 6.8 oz (210 g)
Cord length
52" 118"
Hardware system
Any architecture supporting USB, including Sun, SGI, and HP workstations;
Software
Requires Macro Works Software (included) or I-Key for Mac OS-X
Operating Systems
Programming requires MacroWorks II software for Windows 2000, XP & Vista (USB only).
Operates on any OS supporting USB including Unix, Sun and Mac OS-X (USB only)

Memory capacity

(PS/2 only)

not applicable

Memory capacity

(Memory Resident Mode - USB only)

Each key is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 900 additional keystrokes is available to any keys that require additional characters Each pedal is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 1060 additional keystrokes is available to any pedal that requires additional characters
Memory type
EEPROM, non volatile memory (X-Keys retains memory for over 200 years)
Switch type

Cherry type MX mechanical switch, 19 mm on center; silent tactile feel;

Jog control: 10 detent, independent clockwise and counter clockwise commands

Shuttle control: Independent macros for left and right with increasing repeat rate moving away from center (spring return to rest)

Cherry type MX mechanical switch, 19 mm on center; silent tactile feel;

Joystick control: Programmable X, Y and infinite Z axis (rotating the stick changes Z axis value from 0-
256 every 360º)

not applicable (depends on switches used with interface)
Number of keys
46 single keys - with second layer: 90 programmable keys (with one key programmed to toggle) 12 inputs for industry standard 3.5 mm mono plugs
Number of layers
2 layers, user selectable toggle and / or shift keys
Keycap type
16 mm square with removable clear caps for easy labeling
Power consumption
Low power USB device -- with back-lighting off: less than 15 ma @ 5 vdc
-- with back-lighting on highest setting: less than 90 ma @ 5 vdc
Less than 15 ma @ 5 vcd
Power source
USB port, nominal voltage = 5 vdc

Models

XF-10-US-R X-keys Foot Pedal (USB)
XF-09-PS2-R X-keys Foot Pedal (PS/2)
XKS-79-USB-R X-keys Stick (USB)
XKS-80-PS2-R X-keys Stick (PS/2)
XD-293-USB-R X-keys Desktop (USB) - Pre-printed
XD-03-USB-R X-keys Desktop (USB) - Blank printing
XD-02-PS2-R X-keys Desktop (PS/2)
XP-05-USB-R X-keys Professional (USB)
XP-04-PS2-R X-keys Professional (PS/2)
XK-239-WO-R X-keys 84 Key Keyboard(USB)
XPJ-06-USB-R X-keys Controller/Joystick (USB)
XPS-08-USB-R X-keys Jog & Shuttle (USB)
XSI-38-US-R X-keys Switch Interface (USB)

Accessories

See X-keys Accessories page

Compatibility

Hardware

USB models Any architecture supporting USB, including Sun, SGI, and HP workstations
PS/2 models Any architecture with AT or PS/2 keyboard port, using scan codes 2 or 3

Software

USB models Requires Macro Works Software (included); or CONTROLLERMATE for Mac OS-X.
PS/2 models No drivers or special applications required.

Operating Systems

USB models only Programming requires MacroWorks II software for Windows 2000, XP & Vista (USB only).
Operates on any OS supporting USB including Unix, Sun and Mac OS-X (USB only)

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