Optimized for controlling a KVM switch, 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 training time.
Please note: KVM version X-keys send pure USB HID keyboard codes and are intended for use only with hardware that does not have a traditional operating system behind it (like a KVM). If the X-keys will be connected directly to a Windows, OS X, or Linux computer, our standard X-keys products may be better suited to fit your requirements.
Many simplified electronic devices like KVM switches are not compatible with compound USB devices. The multiple endpoints on a compound USB device may confuse like our standard X-keys. This version of our firmware emulates pure USB keyboard to ensure compatibility with such devices.
This version of our X-keys XK-24 is configured to work with KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switches to control multiple computers from a single workstation. Our free Windows-based programming utility makes it easy to assign keystrokes, key combinations, and strings (with or without modifiers) to clearly labeled, dedicated keys. The X-keys emulates a standard USB keyboard and eliminates issues with most KVM input limitations.
Programming may be saved as a file and easily duplicated to multiple X-keys for multi-station installations. Programming includes backlighting level and color (blue, red, or combination).
Easily customize an input keypad with professionally printed keys, blockers, or molded keycaps.
X-keys Planning PDF
What would you put on an X-keys? Test a few layouts with our editable planning PDF. Edit online or download. Open the PDF, click on any key, and type. Print out the result at 100% for a full-scale footprint. Download the XK-24 Planning Guide here or the Landscape XK-24 Planning Guide here.
|Operating System||Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10, Linux, Android|
|Free Programming Software||MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (XP or newer)|
|Emulation Modes||HID Boot Keyboard|
|Switch Types||Full-travel rubber dome, carbon on gold contacts, guaranteed for over 1 million operations|
|Number of Keys||24 single keys + programming button|
|Actuation Force||Approx. 2.5 oz (72g) break-over, approx. 1.5 oz (42g) hold|
|Keycaps||0.625” (16mm) sq.; relegendable with Cherry MX compatible stem|
|Key Spacing||0.75" O.C.|
|Optional Keys||2X1, 1X2, 2X2|
|Backlighting||24 blue and 24 red LEDs, individually addressable|
|Connector||Wired USB standard “A” plug|
|Cord Length||118” (3m)|
|Dimensions||5.8” x 3.8” x 0.94” (147mm x 97mm x 24mm)|
|Weight||10 oz. (285 g)|
|USB Type||USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter|
|Power Source||USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC|
|Current Draw||No backlight: 18 mA, Blue backlight full: 38 mA, Red backlight full: 57 mA, All backlights: 75 mA|
|Temperature Range||-20 to 60 C|
|Memory Capacity||Approximately 1,100 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|
|Certifications||FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant|
Download PDF: XK-24 DD.pdf
Sketchup 3D Model
We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the XK-24 for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.
MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)
Tall, wide, quad and colored keys for your X-keys. Transparent keys enhance backlighting.
Blank legend sheets and custom printed legends.
Extend your X-keys up to 150 feet via CAT 5 or equivalent network cable.
Includes two brackets and Modular HoseTM connectors
One mounting plate with screws to attach an X-keys.
Protect your X-keys while traveling with this custom road case from MyCaseBuilder.
Give your X-keys a 45 degree angle lift with this 4x6 Tilt Stand that attaches to the back of the unit.
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