Whether you plan to use the TKO for work or play (or both), this guide will help you get up and running fast.

What's in the Box

TKO Keyboard

Detachable USB-C Cable

Hard-Shell Travel Case

8 Extra Key Switches

Keycap & Keyswitch Removal Tool

Full-Size Space Bar and Stabilizer, Switch Covers, and Menu Key

Quick Start Guide

Your new TKO keyboard is 100% plug-and-play

Simply connect the USB cable to any available full-size port on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome PC. Your computer will automatically recognize and “install” the keyboard in a matter of seconds.

*For best results, connect the keyboard directly to your PC rather than through a hub, dock, or KVM switch.

SmartSet Key

Get to know the SmartSet Key which is used to unlock all the programming features of the TKO. See the User’s Manual for a list of onboard shortcuts.

Changing Profiles & Lighting

The TKO has 9 customizable Profiles each with its own unique lighting scheme. Profile 1 is the default but you can use the shortcut SmartSet + Right Shift + 2-9 to jump to any of the other 8 Profiles.

Program Lock

To prevent accidental programming, each TKO keyboard is locked from the factory. Use the Unlock shortcut (SmartSet + Right Shift + X) to enable all of the powerful onboard programming tools and to open the v-Drive for SmartSet App access.

Update Firmware

Macro users will want to install the latest firmware for full functionality. Download the latest firmware here.

Kinesis will periodically publish firmware updates for the TKO. Open a text window and run a Status Report (SmartSet + Right Shift + Z) to show keyboard settings or use the SmartSet App to check to see if an update is available.

Tenting and Tilting

Left Hand Tenting

Most gamers user their left hand on the keyboard and their right hand on the mouse. To enjoy the enhanced comfort and stamina associated with tenting, flip over the TKO and pop out the two BIG legs on the RIGHT side of the keyboard to elevate your left thumb.

Right Hand Tenting

If you play with your right hand on the keyboard and left hand on the mouse, you’ll need to reverse the tenting. Flip over the TKO and pop out the two BIG legs on the LEFT side of the keyboard to elevate your right thumb.

Positive Tilt

Most keyboards feature a 5 degree positive tilt. The TKO was designed to have a zero degree slope to eliminate harmful wrist extension. To achieve the familiar positive tilt feel, pop out the two SMALL legs on the back edge of the keyboard.

Negative Tilt

If the TKO’s natural zero-degree slope doesn’t go far enough, you can achieve 5 degrees of negative tilt by To achieve the familiar positive tilt typing feel, pop out the two SMALL legs on the back edge of the keyboard. Note: Tilting with the BIG legs is not recommended.

  • SmartSet Key: Use this key in conjunction with Right Shift to trigger the onboard programming shortcuts legended with the gear icon
  • Fn Layer Key: Use the Fn Key to navigate between the two keyboard for access to the secondary key actions legended on the front of the keycap
  • HyperSpace Keys: Program each of the three space bars for unique actions to boost gaming performance or typing productivity
  • LED Toggle: Use the Fn key in combination with “T” to toggle the lighting on and off

Get to know your keyboard

Starting to Type

Thanks to its conventional 60% layout, the TKO is easy to adapt to and does not require “re-learning” to type. Most new users are up to full-speed in a matter of days, if not sooner. If this is your first time using a 60% keyboard, you’ll may need to practice using the Fn key to access the embedded key actions. Thanks to the unique HyperSpace triple space bar navigating layers is easy on the TKO. Use the SmartSet App to assign one or more Fn keys to the unused HyperSpace keys and watch your performance take off.

If you don’t want to take advantage of HyperSpace, simply install the included full-size spacebar.

Starting to Play

You can certainly use the TKO as a conventional gaming keyboard, but what sets it apart from those basic keyboards is the tenting feature. Unlike conventional keyboards, you can use the big legs on the TKO to create 5 degrees of elevation for the thumb side of your hand to reduce strain and increase stamina.

Just remember not to type with both hands on the keyboard when the tenting legs are engaged.


The all-new RGB SmartSet App offers a GUI alternative to onboard programming your TKO keyboard for Windows & Mac. Download the App, connect the v-Drive to your PC (SmartSet + Right Shift + V), and then run the App straight from your PC (no installation necessary).

The App doesn’t update in real-time so to preview your changes save the Profile in the App and then use the Refresh shortcut (SmartSet + Right Shift + B). When you are done configuring, simply disconnect the v-Drive so the keyboard can resume normal operating mode.

Download the SmartSet App 3.0

Lighting Effects

  • Freestyle
  • Monochrome
  • Wave
  • Spectrum
  • Breathe
  • Rain
  • Reactive
  • Loop
  • Starlight
  • Pulse
  • Rebound

Use the Freestyle or Breathe effects to assign custom color values to individual keys. Or choose one of the animated effects and select colors, speeds, and directions to create a custom look.

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