XK-8 KVM Stick

XK-8 KVM Stick

XK-4 KVM Stick


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 operator 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.

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KVM Sticks


  • Specifically designed to work with KVM switches
  • Easy to program and duplicate
  • No software required for operation

This version of our X-keys Stick is configured to work with KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switches to control multiple computers from a single work station. 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.

Easily customize an input keypad with professionally printed keys.

Operating System Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10 
Free Programming Software MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (XP or newer) 
Switch Types Low profile tactile switch with audible click, guaranteed for 100,000 operations
Number of Keys 16, 8, or 4 single keys, 1 programming slide switch
Actuation Force Approx. 6 oz (170g) break-over, approx. 2 oz (57g) hold, audible click
Keycaps 0.625” (16mm) sq.; relegendable with window for backlight and square stem
Key Spacing 0.75" O.C.
Backlighting 1 blue addressable LED under each key
Connector Wired USB standard “A” plug
Cord Length 118” (3 m)
Dimensions and Weight XK-16: 14.25” x 0.9”” x 0.65", (362 mm x 23 mm x 17 mm), 7 oz. (200 g)
XK-8: 8.2” x 0.9”” x 0.65", (208 mm x 23 mm x 17 mm), 4 oz (115 g)
XK-4: 5.35” x 0.9”” x 0.65", (136 mm x 23 mm x 17 mm) 3 oz (85 g)
USB Type USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter
Power Source USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC
Power Consumption XK-16: no backlighting: 21mA, backlighting at full intensity: 32mA
XK-8: no backlighting: 19mA, backlighting at full intensity: 28mA
XK-4: 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
Certifications FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant

KVM Sticks Spec Sheet PDF

Declaration of Conformity


Download PDF: XK-4 Stick DD.pdf

Sketchup 3D Model

We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the XK-4 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.

MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)

  • Launch programs, insert Unicode, open files and directories, select tools and more
  • Can write macros to X-keys memory for Hardware Mode macro programming
  • Control backlighting globally or for individual keys
  • Create custom scripting with Visual Basic (Software Mode only)
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista (32 or 64 bit) and Windows XP (32 bit only)
  • Free technical support via email or phone
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USB Extender

USB Extender

Extend your X-keys up to 150 feet via CAT 5 or equivalent network cable.

Our standard X-keys are better suited for integration. More Info…