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