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X-keys® Sticks for KVM Control

X-keys KVM Sticks
X-keys XK-4 KVM X-keys XK-4 Stick KVM X-keys XK-8 KVM XK-24 KVM Side XK-16 KVM xk-16 kvm


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Optimized for controlling a KVM, these programmable keys can send any key combination or string of keystrokes, and lower operator error and training time. Anything an operator can do on a keyboard can be replicated and assigned to one clearly labeled key. Dedicated keys maximize efficiency and lower operator training time. 

XK-1320-UKVM16-R   XK-16 Stick, KVM Version   
XK-1321-UKVM8-SO   XK-8 Stick, KVM Version  
XK-1322-UKVM4-R   XK-4 Stick, KVM Version   

Operating System
Any OS supporting USB HID keyboard: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
Free Programming Software
MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (XP or newer)
Switch Types
Low profile tactile, guaranteed for over 1 million operations
Number of Keys
16, 8, or 4 single keys + 1 programming slide switch
Actuation Force
Approx. 6 oz (170g) break-over, approx. 1.5 oz (42g) hold
0.625” (16mm) sq.;relegendable with window for backlight and square stem
Key Spacing
0.75" O.C.
1 blue addressable LED under each key
Wired USB 2.0 standard “A” plug
Cord Length
54” (1.3 m)
Dimensions and Weight

XK-16 KVM: 14.25" x 0.9" x 0.65" (362mm x 23mm x 17mm), 7 oz. (200 g)
XK-8 KVM: 8.2" x 0.9" x 0.65" (208mm x 23mm x 17mm), 4 oz (115 g)
XK-4 KVM: 5.35" x 0.9" x 0.65" (136mm x 23mm x 17mm), 3 oz (85 g)

USB type
USB 1.1 (compatible through 3.0)
Power Source
USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC
Current Draw

XK-16 KVM: no backlighting: 21mA, backlighting at full intensity: 32mA
XK-8 KVM: no backlighting: 19mA, backlighting at full intensity: 28mA
XK-4 KVM: no backlighting: 19mA, backlighting at full intensity: 26mA

Temperature Range
-20 to 60 C
Memory Capacity
Approximately 1,000 keystrokes or commands in onboard memory
Memory Type
EEPROM, non volatile memory (X-keys retains memory for over 200 years)
Environmental Rating
IP 40, typical indoor office environment
FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant

KVM Sticks Spec Sheet PDF

XK-4 KVM Stick

X-keys XK-24 Dimensioned Drawing

XK-8 KVM Stick

X-keys XK-24 Dimensioned Drawing

XK-16 KVM Stick

X-keys XK-24 Dimensioned Drawing

Sketchup 3D Model

We offer these Sketchup models as a 3D rendering of the XK-4, XK-8 and XK-16 KVM Sticks for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.

View or download this model in Sketchup 3D Warehouse.

Download a free copy of Sketchup or Sketchup Viewer here: www.sketchup.com

XK-4 KVM Stick

XK-8 KVM Stick

XK-16 KVM Stick

    MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (included)

    For programming the KVM X-keys. No software is required on the end user's system.

  • Programs and edits keystrokes and macros
  • Reads and writes to X-keys memory
  • Easily reproduce the same layout on mutiple devices
XK-24 Mounting Plate

XK-16 Rack Mount Kit

Easy to assemble and integrate with standard 19" rack cabinet dimensions.

XK-A-77-R   Add to Cart

Rack Mount Kit Manual.pdf

Resources for Software Developers

P. I. Engineering offers a wide range of options for application developers.  Click on any heading to learn more.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please contact us (tech@xkeys.com).  We have friendly techs and engineers waiting to help you integrate X-keys into your solution.

X-keys Integration

See how to integrate your X-keys with the Hardware Mode, Software Mode with MacroWorks Software, or the Software Mode with a Custom Application.

Windows SDK

Includes comprehensive examples in C#, C++, and VB.NET for Windows desktop development in Visual Studio, as well as Java for Android development in Eclipse. Supported via phone and email during standard business hours by our technical support staff.

Linux SDK

Open source Linux support written in C++. Features code for accessing all X-keys controls and key states and includes a simple, straight forward example GUI. Written by Linux HID expert Alan Ott.

Android Samples

Assorted Eclipse projects we have created to demonstrate how to handle various input options (such as joystick and game controller button data) on Android.

HID Data Reports

Learn how to read the X-keys’ raw output and use it to integrate X-keys into your application in any language, on any HID-enabled platform.  

Case Studies

See how other developers have implemented X-keys for fun and profit.